Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection. Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, no dents.
Glass sparkles with crisp faceting and minor surface wear. There is a distinct scratch, about 3mm on one side and 2mm and shallow chip along facet edge at other side.
No original photo frames (no glass/plastic inserts). Bale is secure and original. Shuts tight with soft snap. Catch of clasp might have been repaired at some point. Just over 3/4 (excluding bale).Yes, see photo (French crab mark). Tests for sterling silver, glass. Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story. Silver mark shows this heart sweet heart locket was made in France. Glass panels on both sides allow two favorite photos to be displayed at once. Petite silhouette is declicately made, with featherlight weight and feel in your hand. Locket has slightly puffy cache laying flush when worn. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you dont know what youre looking for. Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day societys collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and step back into history. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. _gsrx_vers_1318 GS 8.4 (1318). The item "Antique Victorian French Puffy Glass Paste HEART Sterling Silver Locket Pendant" is in sale since Saturday, November 27, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.