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Antique Jewelry Valuations
by: Yvonne

Hi Tania we do not do valuations on Antique Jewelry Investor only opinions not related to value. However for excellent service, go to What It's Worth to You. You will have to register over there first. And you will need to provide more information. How long is the chain. What is the size of the locket. It looks, from the photo on the smallish size. Lockets became small and dainty in the 1890's. Most of them were engraved with the owner's initials on the reverse, in a fancy style script.


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Gold Locket
by: tania

Hi the answer to your question about how i new the locket was 14 carat gold. I had the locket acid tested at a jewelers. Would you be able to tell me the estimated value of the locket? Tania


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Victorian Gold Locket
by: Yvonne

Hi Tania - this is a victorian locket. In England, 9ct and 15ct were legalized in 1854, so if the locket tested 15ct gold it would have been made after 1854.

For those who were running on economy and solid gold Victorian jewelry was not possible, there were alternatives available. For the gold look, one could choose gold-plated (after1840) or gold filled. Both of these were sold under the heading "imitation gold". Before the metals stamping act of 1906 (US) some jewelry manufacturers used trademark-type symbols to designate gold content. These can be very misleading. In fact, MANY rings from the last quarter of the 19th century were marked 'solid gold' when they were rolled gold or gold-filled.

Tania - how do you know the locket is 15ct solid gold? Did you test it yourself with gold testing equipment?

Enamel was a hit at the 1851 exhibition, therefore the art of enameling during the Victorian era was revived and reached new heights throughout the 19th century. The most popular forms of enameling during the Victorian period were cloisonne, champleve and basse taille.

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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