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Beloved - Georgian 18th Century 18K Gold, Sterling Silver Diamond & Ruby Rock Crystal Heart Locket. This wonderful locket is crafted from 18K gold, and sterling silver, tested. Featuring 28 natural rose-cut diamonds, 12 natural rose cut rubies, genuine rock crystal (quartz), hand -made quality workmanship and Georgian styling. The pendant's central portion is a beautiful rock crystal locket, which opened up easily and closes tightly and securely. The locket can be worn with out anything placed inside, which looks lovely since the clear quartz will show through the colour of your clothing or your skin. A favourite photo of a loved one or a lock of hair can also be placed inside. It also looks lovely with small floating diamonds or jewels inside. The locket portion is crafted in yellow gold and the frame is crafted in silver . The silver frame is beautifully designed as a bow and filigree ribbons adorned by vibrant red rubies and sparkling diamonds. The bale is made of gold, and is solid and substantial to hold the locket. The rare locket has been matched up to a contemporary chain featuring a secure lobster clasp. The design , colour and texture of the chain works perfectly with the locket. These type of lockets are becoming quite scarce, truly a stunning Georgian era piece to be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.
Note: Contemporary jewelry appraisals do not reflect the antiquity value. Antique pieces or this age are more so object driven and valued by gemstones, metal and most importantly rarity.
History: he Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to c. 1830–37, named after the Hanoverian kings George I, George II, George III and George IV. The sub-period that is the Regency era is defined by the regency of George IV as Prince of Wales during the illness of his father George III.
Diamond History The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road.
The rose cut originated in the 1500's and was commonly used through the Georgian and Victorian eras. Like other antique diamond cuts, they were cut by hand and meant to dazzle under candlelight. Their large, wide facets performed exquisitely in low light conditions.
The history of rubies is a story rich in splendour and mystery. These precious gems have been mentioned in the Bible, worn by royalty throughout human history, and believed to protect ancient warriors in battle. They have been thought to act as a talisman for peace and a promise of wisdom and health for the holder.
Jewelry made before 1850 (The Industrial Revolution) was completely hand-made, using only tools and no machinery. This jewel is a wonderful example of completely hand-made jewelry.
Measurements: Locket 36.00 mm x 21.00 mm
Stone Size: Diamonds .30 carats (approximate carat weight , since it is very difficult to determine the carat weight of closed back gems) Ruby .24 carats (approximate)
Weight: Pendant 4.60 grams Chain 5.10 grams Chain 18"
Condition: Excellent Note: Expected age appropriate wear to rock crystal, still smooth and shiny.
Date: Circa 1770