This exceptional antique Victorian locket has been crafted in 18 ct yellow gold in a heart shaped form.
The pendant displays a feature old European pear cut diamond encircled by nine oval cut synthetic rubies*.
The central design is further embellished with nine pairs of old European cut diamonds, graduating in size displayed alternately between the synthetic rubies.
The anterior face of the pendant is further accented with seventeen well-matched old European cut diamonds surrounding the central design.
The locket is fitted with an integrated ring loop attachment from which the pendant is suspended via an articulated fleur de lys shaped loop, accented with an additional six old European cut diamonds.
The sides of this exceptional antique locket are embellished with fine chased decorations
The reverse of this fine pendant is fitted with a heart shaped glass panel which currently displays an original four-leaf clover, but this could be replaced with a personal memento or image if so desired.
The locket opens to reveal a hinged compartment that contains the four leaf clover; it has however not been opened in order to preserve the clover leaf.
The pendant is suspended from a hallmarked 46cm/18", 18 ct yellow gold square belcher chain which secures to the reverse with a conventional lobster clasp.
This chain may be replaced with a chain of the same quality, in a style or length that meets your personal requirements.
This impressive Victorian locket is supplied with an independent diamond grading certificate for the central diamond in addition to the independent diamond grading report card shown.
This locket has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as 18 ct gold.
NOTE * In 1837 Gaudin made the first synthetic rubies by fusing potash alum at a high temperature with a little chromium as a pigment. Natural rubies and synthetic rubies look very similar on general observation. Synthetic rubies have a different internal colour banding and crystal structure which can only be identified under specific test conditions. It was common practice to incorporate synthetic rubies to impressive pieces of Victorian jewellery
*NOTE: Contrary to what many people may think, the word "synthetic” does not mean fake when it comes to gemstones. In order for a material to be called "synthetic" it must have a natural counterpart. A synthetic ruby will have the same chemical composition as a natural ruby and therefore have an almost identical appearance to the naked eye.
The first ruby formed by melting two smaller rubies together was in 1817, and the first microscopic crystals created from alumina in a laboratory in 1837.
Common practice was to set and enhance fine quality antique jewellery with vibrant and colourful synthetic stones.
Images do not always reflect the true colour and brilliance of gemstones and diamonds. The video however provides a truer representation of the actual colour and showcases each stone.
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