Lockets evolved from ancient amulets. European designs for lockets appear to date to the 16th century, when small pendants were worn to conceal good luck charms, small fabric squares soaked in perfume to ward off the poor smells on public thoroughfares, painted portraits, and even, on occasion, poison.
The Elizabethans were enamored with lockets, and Queen Elizabeth I of England wore her locket ring daily; it contained a painted portrait of her mother, Anne Boleyn, and herself. She often gifted those in her inner circle with a jeweled locket containing her portrait.
Lockets became a “must-have” fashion accessory during the Victorian era. Prince Albert gifted his beloved Victoria with a bracelet that had eight lockets, filled with a lock of hair from each of their eight children. *
Made of 18 karat gold, this locket ring has gorgeous repousse' work on the shoulders, extending all along the sides of the shank. The rectangular locket may have once contained a lock of hair, or perhaps the above mentioned perfume soaked fabric. The locket face has an etched, vine-like design and a blank area for a monogram to be inscribed. However, it looks lovely in its smooth gold state as well. A wonderful piece of historic jewelry, perfect for the romantic soul who loves antique secrets!
Size (can be resized): 8-8.25
Dimensions: Ring top is 24mm at widest point.
Weight: 4.05 grams
Materials: 18K gold
Marks: Faint stamp inside shank
Condition: Very good antique condition; some solder bleed on the edges of the face of locket.