A gorgeous, antique locket from France, (hallmarked with maker's name), with original glass on both front and back, has been filled with sparkling oval sapphires in multiple shades. Colors used are blue, orange, sage green, and yellow. The sapphires "float"beneath the glass, so they shift in position.
Some history about this special locket: In the early 19th century, a young Parisian jeweler invented a process of applying a thick layer of 18kt or 14kt gold foil over brass to create jewelry that mimicked solid gold. The process was so good that the pieces done using this technique are often mistaken for solid gold. In addition, due to the thick layer of gold used, the pieces have withstood the test of time. I have had the good fortune to acquire several of these types of lockets, (a few I've kept for my personal collection!) and they hardly ever show signs of wear to the metal surface. This locket's frame has the lovely, traditional Louis XVI "ribbon and reed" motif, so very French!
The glass is original, has a beveled edge, and has some minor scratches on the glass. They are barely noticeable, and do not detract at all from the beauty of the piece. Please do be aware that the panels are glass, and will break or crack if care is not taken.
To make the piece wearable for this century, I've chosen to suspend it from two cable chains of oxidized sterling silver. The contrast between the gold tone of the locket and that of the oxidized silver chains looks striking. The chain is embellished with hand wired sapphires in three different shades: blue, orange and a steel blue/green. I've used 14kt gold fill metal to provide contrast with the oxidized silver chain, and to complement the gold color of the locket.
If you love jewelry with history and one of a kind pieces, this is a wonderful locket to add to your collection. It is now completely wearable for the modern woman!
~18" in length
~Multi colored, faceted, oval sapphires
~Locket measures 26mm
~Oxidized sterling silver chain (hand oxidized and polished)
~14kt gold fill clasp
Each of the lockets I carry in my shop have been selected for their originality, beauty and history, and I source them from some of my favorite antique dealers whom I trust. Similarly, the gemstones I source come from a couple of different reputable dealers, and they are of gem quality that will not disappoint. I've been creating jewelry for over a decade, and have a particular passion for using antique and vintage pieces in my work! Please read my feedback of 600+ happy clients, and contact me if you have any special requests.
Your "Harvest Moon" locket will ship USPS Priority Mail with tracking in the US, and will be packaged in a lovely gift box tied with ribbon.
To view the other lockets in my shop, please visit here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebijoubabe?ref=hdr_shop_menu§ion_id=16064946
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Maryland residents will be charged 6% sales tax on their purchases.
I do accept layaway! Ninety days, with 1/3 deposit. Deposits are non-refundable.
I ship all packages by USPS with tracking in the US (please read on for international policies) after I receive your payment. I will notify you with the delivery confirmation details to either your personal email, or thru the "conversation" system on Etsy once your item has shipped.
For my international clients: I ship United States Postal Service first class delivery. Please contact me if you would like to add insurance to your package, as I do not include it in the shipping price. I will contact you to advise you when your package has shipped, usually within a day or two of having received payment. Please be advised that you may be charged a custom tax or VAT upon receipt of your goods from the United States, and this is not included in your purchase price.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
If for some reason, you are not completely delighted with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days of receiving your jewelry to make an exchange or receive a full refund. The merchandise must be unworn and in original condition in order for me to accept it as a return. Please convo me or email me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com for return instructions. Shipping charges are non-refundable nor included on returns. Custom designs, or my designs that were altered per your request (lengthening or shortening, color changes, or other design alterations) are final sales. Deposits for custom designs are also non-refundable. All custom designs are photographed and sent to you for your approval prior to shipping, if something needs to be adjusted once you receive it, I'll be happy to re-work it to your satisfaction. Layaway deposits are not refundable, since the piece is removed from my website, and is considered "sold" once a deposit is made. Layaway pieces are final sales.
I welcome custom orders! Please send me an Etsy 'conversation' to let me know what you had in mind and I will be thrilled to work with you. A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin all custom orders, which is non-refundable. Please allow more time for completion and shipping of custom orders, as some materials may need to be special ordered for you. All custom orders are provided with photographs and conversations along the design process. The order is not complete until the client (you!) have approved of the final design. Balance is due once you are completely satisfied with the finished piece.
I offer wholesale discounts to licensed, retail businesses. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry in your boutique, please contact me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com to discuss.
I love to work with clients on custom orders! A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin work, and the balance is due upon completion and client's approval . Photos are sent for the client to select materials (if applicable) and once completed, photos are sent for client's approval.
Many people have misconceptions about vermeil, because they confuse it with "gold plate". However, they are vastly different! Vermeil must meet the FTC standard of 100 millionths of an inch (2 ½ microns) of fine gold layered over sterling silver. In order for a piece to be labeled legally as "vermeil", the item must not be less than 10 karat gold and have a substantial thickness, with a minimum thickness of 2 ½ microns. In contrast, "gold plating" is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight, and is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product.
No! Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. The gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. The bonded raw material is then sold as sheet or wire to jewelry manufacturers for use in designs. Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Most gold-filled is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled. All of the gold-filled used in my designs is 14kt. It is a beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold.
Artisan jewelry is not mass produced, and needs to be cared for properly. Please do not wear your jewelry to sleep, bathe, or swim in. A great rule of thumb is to accessorize with your jewelry last! Be sure to apply perfume and hair products before putting on your precious jewels. Vermeil and sterling silver jewelry will tarnish, so to help keep that to a minimum, please store your jewelry in the box provided when not worn. While gold fill jewelry does not tarnish in the same way, it is a good idea to also protect it in a box, to help prevent scratching or damaging of any wire wrapped pieces. To clean, you can use a mild jeweler's cleaner that is safe for gemstones and gold. Please do NOT dip pearls, opals, or any other porous stone.