Rare splendid Victorian era locket in 18K solid gold and platinum Three color pendant Memento with precious hair stamped fine jewelry
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Size: 6cm x 2.8cm (2 3/8"x1 1/8")
Material: 18K solid gold (3 types: yellow, rose and green gold), platinum, hair, glass
Period: 1850s, early Victorian, Napoleon III (President and Emperor)
Style: memento, locket
Provenance: an estate sale in France
Condition: excellent estate
Additional remarks: stamped for 18K solid gold and for platinum. Also features a maker's stamp
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This large antique locket is so exceptional that, after having said that it is beautiful, large, heavy, is crafted in 18K solid gold and platinum, that it features 3 types of gold and that it contains the most precious memorabilia of all, one does not know what to say!
This is indeed a rare find! An exceptional mourning pendant, a memento mori which, nevertheless, celebrates the life of a beloved. A memento vivere. So, it is not meant to be sad but to remember. It is also a beautiful work of art, a piece of refine jewelry with which it was probably difficult to part. Tempus fugit, non autem memoria
The photographs and the details listed below hope to convey the sense of amazement we felt when seeing this gorgeous piece. Every detail is meticulously thought out, including the closed back side which, when opened, uncovers the strand of hair carefully protected by a glass shield. Unique...
We hope you can feel the emotion received when viewing this locket the beauty of which cannot be rendered in our humble pictures. This beautiful locket is in excellent condition. We welcome your questions.
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*FYI (on gold jewelry):
- 24K gold is pure gold. (it is not really used in jewellery because it is too soft and not practical for daily wear.)
-18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. This level of fineness is used extensively in French and Italian jewelry and in most quality pieces)
-14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. (It is used extensively in the US)
-12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
-10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum standard that can be called "gold" in the United States.
Antique jewelry and rare items often contain the lower level of fineness, but their value is based on a myriad of other factors.