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Victorian Garnet Heart Locket Bracelet

In the Victorian era, locks of hair and elaborate hairwork pieces were often given and treasured as keepsakes in the same spirit that we might have carried a photo of a loved one in our wallet ten years ago, or now use as the image on our smart phone lock screen today. This Victorian era bracelet is a pretty example of love token hair jewelry with a sinuous round chain, decorative barrel clasp and a garnet puffy pendant heart with a locket back containing plaited hair.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 5.2mm x 4.3mm garnet cabochon, glass, hair

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    6 7/8" length, 5/8" x 1/2" heart

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