Locket thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Locket

ca. 1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The "language of stones" allowed a sentimental message to be conveyed using the initial letter of each stone in the design. The stones decorating this locket spell "Regard".Sentimental jewellery was an outward expression of emotion. It was used to declare affection for family and friends, passion for a lover, and loyalty to a monarch or a cause, also religious devotion and grief.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond
Brief Description
Pendant locket, two-colour gold set with precious stones spelling out the word 'REGARD' around a forget-me-not of five turquoises, England, about 1830
Physical Description
Pendant locket, two-colour gold, with a ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby, and diamond, spelling 'REGARD', around a forget-me-not of five turquoises centred by a ruby.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.5cm
  • Width: 2cm
  • Depth: 1.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
REGARD
Object history
Art at the Rockface Exhibition RF.2004/887
Subjects depicted
Summary
The "language of stones" allowed a sentimental message to be conveyed using the initial letter of each stone in the design. The stones decorating this locket spell "Regard".Sentimental jewellery was an outward expression of emotion. It was used to declare affection for family and friends, passion for a lover, and loyalty to a monarch or a cause, also religious devotion and grief.
Collection
Accession Number
M.20-1983

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdAugust 11, 2005
Record URL