E490 Gold-filled Locket, Civil War Era, set with Opals and Enameled:


The locket is circa 1860, gold-filled and hand engraved on the front and back.
Definition of Gold-filled
The term Gold filled is commonly misunderstood in the antique jewelry industry. Actually, gold-filled jewelry is much more valuable than jewelry that is gold plated. When something is gold filled, it has a thick sheet of gold applied to a base metal, 50 to 100,000 times thicker than gold plating, and in order for something to be considered Gold Filled, it must have a gold content of at least 1/20th the total weight of the item.
The locket is set with 3 opals size 2.5 mm each with a great color of flashes of blues and pinks. The front also has the Victorian popular blue enameled triangle. The reverse of the locket was engraved with a shield motif with a floral surround.
The word “lock –et” came from cutting and saving a lock of hair. This is a sweet original item and in very fine condition, with a small amount of the blue enamel missing. The pendant has a strong hinge and closer, ready for a lock of hair of photo. The size is 1 3/4 x 1 of inches. This would have been worn with a ribbon or small cord in the Victorian time period, now comes with a new chain.

Price: $295.00