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VictorianTurquoiseAmphora Locket

This Victorian locket fashioned in the shape of an amphora is made in 18k yellow gold and turquoise. This piece was made after the height of the Neoclassical period had passed, but reflects a lingering fascination with the art, cultures, and objects of Ancient Greece and Rome. Amphorae are ceramic vessels that were used to store wine and oil in both of these storied empires. These utilitarian containers can be seen (rendered in a highly stylized fashion, of course) hanging from earrings and necklaces from the late 18th century through the mid Victorian period. This dimensional pendant does not open, but rather features an empty glass-fronted locket at the back. With the help of a good jeweler the locket can be opened to add your own photo. Hangs from a new 18" 14k gold chain.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, turquoise, 14k chain

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition


  • Size

    1.25" length including the bail, 5/8" depth, 18" chain

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