A special, all original late 1880’s locket featuring four tones of gold, this pendant is an exceptional example of American west coast Aestheticism, often referred to as “east lake” or “San Francisco fretwork” style. Heavy inspired by Japonisme, Etruscan Revival elements, and in this case the popular “language of flowers.” This piece features a pansy (pense à moi), a marigold at the bottom right hand corner (fortuitous luck), a daisy (innocence and purity), and a violet (true, everlasting love). We suspect that this incredibly detailed locket may have been commemorative of a wedding or engagement. Inscribed on the reverse with the initials “SM” with a central compartment ready to store your sweetest and most dear keepsake, I am certain that this beautiful locket will be a crowning jewel for any collection.
Materials and Features:
14ct green, pink, white, and yellow gold, pearl
Weight: 18.96 grams
Dimensions: 67mm long (including bale) x 35mm wide, 45mm (not including bale)
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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Quatricolor 14ct Gold Language of Flowers Locket Pendant