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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond

  • Museum number:

    M.20-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf A, box 4

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.

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond

Marks and inscriptions

REGARD

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Art at the Rockface Exhibition RF.2004/887

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Ruby; Emerald; Garnet; Amethyst; Diamond; Turquoise; Gold

Subjects depicted

Love; Forget-me-nots (flowers); Flowers

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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