Antique Victorian Onyx Pearl Mourning Heart Locket With Portrait

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An exquisite antique Victorian mourning heart locket (Circa 1860) fashioned from a jet-black onyx that is polished and smooth to the touch and topped with an 18ct gold loop and leaf, dotted with small seed pearls. 

The back is fitted with a small, hidden locket with a beautiful hand painted colour portrait preserved behind a round glass window. It depicts an elderly lady in traditional Victorian attire, likely a much-loved wife or mother who the piece was commissioned for after her death. 

After the death of her husband Prince Albert in the mid-19th Century, Queen Victoria went into a period of mourning that lasted decades and during this time wore predominantly black clothing and mourning jewellery which became a trend across Britain. The pieces may seem morbid today, but they were made as loving tributes to those who had passed, a symbol of undying love and remembrance that would stand the test of time.  

It’s a highly collectable piece that has been well preserved and loved across the centuries and deserves to be treasured once more.

WEIGHT: 6.4 grams 

MEASURES: Height 25mm (29mm inc. loop) x Width 23mm x Depth 8mm – Window 15 x 15mm 

METAL: 18ct Gold (Tested) 

STONES: Seed Pearls/ Onyx

AGE: Victorian. (Circa 1860)

CONDITION: Excellent – Light wear 


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