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Early 19th Century Portrait Emaille Locket of Handsome Man

Regular price $1,800.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $1,800.00 USD
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Original Georgian locket with Cannetille details and enamel 14kt/18kt

The tradition of wearing a locket has spanned thousands of years and can be traced back to the 16th century, during which time they were worn by both men and women. Lockets containing a portrait of the reigning monarch were frequently worn by those with particularly patriotic tendencies. This mysterious locket is probably from the late Georgian era. One of the hallmarks of Georgian jewelry is its incredibly ornate metal work. Jewelers invested a lot of time and effort in hand fabrication and this level of artistry was only achievable with hand fabrication.

Toward the end of the 19th century and into the next, different wars were happening in Europe which affected life and, eventually also fashion and jewelry. Often gold and precious gemstones were in short supply as these items were typically given toward the war effort. Jewelers and designers needed to be creative with the scarce materials they had, and the creativity and craftmenship led to the incredibly refined method 'Cannetille'. Cannetille uses tiny wires that are wrapped to make a much more ornate jewel utilizing little metal. A romantic era arose, again sentimental and mourning jewelry became popular by the end of the 18th century and into the 19th. Regard rings, tokens of affection, and lockets containing portriats and hair all found great favor.

This Georgian jewel show cannetille like details that decorates the locket beautifully. The cannetille border softens the overall look of the locket, which is perfect when you like romantic and elegant jewelry. The back of the locket contains a portrait of a unknown man


14kt gold and 18kt gold
Georgian piece
Excellent condition
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