Curated Jewels for the Vintage Collector. This sterling silver locket from the Victorian era was actually a token of close friendship, possibly given to the original wearer by a close friend.
The tangled symbol on the front of the locket is actually an AIE , which stands for Amity, Infinity, and Eternityfriendship for forever and ever. Often, this symbol was used in mourning pieces, designed in the memory of a friend who had passed away.This locket may have been worn tucked beneath her blouse as a reminder of a dear friendship and a hope that they might be reunited in the afterlife. The AIE symbol is raised from the surface; running her finger over this symbol and feeling its sturdy texture may have been provided solace for the woman who originally wore it. 2 1/4 including bale, 1 5/8 excluding bale. Material Tests for sterling silver. Very good , there is some light surface wear at the front of the locket but a modest amount. There are no dents to the shape of the piece and there are no glass inserts or original photo frames. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you dont know what youre looking for. Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day societys collective memory.
To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece in a bygone era. _gsrx_vers_855 GS 7.0.19 (855). The item "Antique Victorian Mourning Sterling Silver AIE Amity Infinity Eternity Locket" is in sale since Friday, November 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Mourning Jewelry". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in California.This item can be shipped worldwide.