Bale is secure and original. Shuts tight with soft "snap". Catch of clasp might have been repaired at some point. Just over 3/4 (excluding bale).Yes, see photo (French crab mark). Tests for sterling silver, glass. Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story. Silver mark shows this heart sweet heart locket was made in France. Glass panels on both sides allow two favorite photos to be displayed at once. Petite silhouette is declicately made, with featherlight weight and feel in your hand. Locket has slightly puffy cache laying flush when worn. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you don't know what you're 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 society's collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and step back into history. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria.
Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. _gsrx_vers_1318 GS 8.4 (1318).
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.