Antique French Shake Locket


An antique French locket (hallmarked with the maker's name), filled with festive colored jewels! This exquisite locket includes fine gemstones which were hand selected to create a beautiful pendant, and the gemstones float freely inside, creating a kaleidoscope effect. It will never look the same way twice! The locket has double sided glass which is original to the piece, and an 18 carat gold filled frame. 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. Even the glass on this piece is in excellent condition, with no scratches. Please do be aware that it IS 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 an oxidized sterling silver rolo chain that has been accented with sumptuous gemstones, detailed below! Understated and elegant, the darkened silver is a beautiful contrast to the gold tone of the locket. This makes the perfect accessory for casual chic or dramatically elegant, dress it up or down, and wear a piece of history.

~Antique French locket measures 32mm Hallmarked with company's name
~Chain measures 22"
~Sterling silver hand oxidized and polished rolo chain with a variety of exquisite gemstones all wire wrapped on 14kt gold filled
~Gemstones include: faceted garnet ovals, chrome diopside faceted rondelles, faceted ruby rondelles, and a faceted pink topaz and peridot rondelle.
~14kt gold fill lobster claw clasp
~Locket filled with garnets, chrome diopside, rubies, pink topaz and peridot.

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. All antique pieces can also be done using 14kt or 18kt solid gold in the chains: please inquire for pricing.

I've been creating artisan jewelry for over a decade, and have a particular passion for using antique and vintage pieces in my work. Please read my feedback of over 700 happy clients, and contact me if you have any special requests.

The "Holiday" locket is a lovely antique piece, transformed into something wearable and sophisticated for today. A perfect gift for someone special (and that applies for a gift to oneself!) Your "Holiday" locket will ship USPS Priority Mail with tracking and insurance in the US, and will be packaged in a signature 'Bijou Babe' gift box tied with ribbon.

To view all of the lockets (antique, vintage and new) in my shop currently, please visit here:§ion_id=16064946


I accept PayPal and personal checks. Kindly pay within 2 days of making your purchase.

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.

Shipping from United States

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.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

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] 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] to discuss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

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.

Is vermeil the same as "gold plate"?

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.

Is "Gold Filled" the same as "gold plated"?

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.

Care instructions

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.

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