A very fine 19th century French 18K gold locket, the cover in a very three-dimensional design of overlapping geometric shaped enhanced with calibre-cut Persian turquoise, seed pearls and rose cut diamonds. The turquoise are all original, and a few are have taken on the darker greenish cast often found in Victorian-era turquoise. Additional scrollwork, beading and engraving completes the design. The original bail is set with pearls. The back cover opens to reveal a glass-enclosed compartment. The locket is stamped with French 18K marks and an unidentified goldsmith’s mark.
- Origin: France, ca. 1850
- Condition: excellent, a few small dings to the back cover
- Dimensions: 1-1/4” x 1-15/16” (2-5/16” including bail)
- Weight: 20.6 grams
- Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .05 carat