Antique Egyptian Revival 14k Enamel and Diamond Locket
Details: This Victorian, Egyptian revival, 14k and enamel locket is incredible. The vivid orange, blue, deep red and crisp white of the enamelwork is striking and further embellished with tiny seed pearls at the crown of her head. The detailed enamel portrait is of the bust of presumably a European woman of high-standing, posing in the headdress of a Pharaoh. The contrast of her fair skin, bright blue eyes and rosy cheeks against the traditional ancient Egyptian royal male garb is both fascinating and very inline with traditional souvenir jewelry.
Souvenir jewelry, which was sometimes custom crafted (as in the case of this piece), became very popular from the 18th century on as the tourism industry started to grow. Those returning from a voyage would bring home memorabilia from the places visited - these souvenirs would show status, serve as conversation pieces, as well as show the possessor's worldliness and sophistication.
Obsession with anything Egyptian was all the rage, particularly after the discovery of ancient civilizations in Egypt during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
The back of the locket is blank and the interior features glass frames at both the front and back of the piece.
Measurements: Overall drop is 2". The locket is approximately 1 1/4" wide and 1 1/2" tall.
Origin: European, c. late 1800's. A custom piece.
Shipping: Free USPS shipping on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.