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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, turquoise, ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gerald Harris, in memory of his wife, Sylvia

  • Museum number:

    M.6-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 1, shelf 15

The message of love intended by this jewel is expressed in its heart shape and also by its form of a padlock and key. The padlock reflects the convention suggesting ‘you have the key to my heart’. The sentiment is further reinforced by the choice of coloured stones, which have initial letters that spell ‘REGARD’: ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond. This arrangement of stones was also popular in ‘regard’ rings. The pendant opens to reveal a panel of woven hair under glass.

Physical description

Locket, gold and turquoise, set with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond. These stones spell REGARD.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca.1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, turquoise, ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm with chains and ring, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm, Length: 8.7 cm chain with a key

Descriptive line

Locket, gold and turquoise, set with gemstones spelling the word 'REGARD', England, about 1840

Subjects depicted

Heart; Padlock; Love

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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