Antique French 18k Gold Crystal Heart Locket Circa 1840
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Scarsdale New York 10583
This beautiful 18k French locket is rare to find. It is part of a private collection I had purchased in Paris and the second heart I am listing. Although gold and crystal lockets have been aa favored design through the centuries, this particular form is decidedly French. It has a large heart with beveled crystal set in 18k bezels. The bottom of the locket is secured with a gold heart shaped padlock. The padlock is opened and closed with a gold key. I have had this form only several times in 35 years. It is so uniquely elegant, and the design as crisp and relevant to today's fashion as it was in the 19th century.
The heart measures a bold 3 inches from the top "O" ring to the bottom of the padlock, X 1 5/8 across. It can be worn on a long or short chain, or cord. The hand made key is 18k and is a treasure of craftsmanship in its own right.
Finding this form of heart, with the padlock and the original key intact was an exciting moment. It has French guarantee stamps for 18k. Condition is excellent. France circa 1840