This superb antique 18 karat gold banded agate locket pendant is circa 1860. It is finely rendered in 18 karat gold and is bold in size yet restrained in design. The central star motif is set with small mine cut diamonds centering a banded agate cabochon. The surround has banded agate cabochon stones bezel set , nine in total and each perfectly matched. The bail too is a work of art , set with a cabochon banded agate. The reverse has a removable bezel which can house a photo or momento.
The pendant measures 2 1/2 inches long X 1 1/2 inches across. The locket is in excellent condition, completely original and retains a rich patina. It can be worn with a gold chain or a black cord. It is a refined design and the colors of black and white complement so many outfits. It is beautiful complement to fabrics in gray, black, houndstooth and linen.
Simply perfect....England, circa 1860