A mid Victorian locket ring designed to resemble a book with an elaborately tooled strap. The latch and frontispiece hinge open reveal to a tiny locket. The locket almost certainly contained a lock of hair but is now empty. The shank has the faint impressions of British hallmarks but they are too worn to make out. The letters (or initials?) WIIC are engraved on the side of one shoulder.
10k gold (tests), glass
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; faint impression of British hallmarks are visible but illegible
9.5, can be resized; 8.5mm head, 2.5mm shank, 6mm x 4mm locket
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1837 — 1901
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Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.