Antique Victorian Gold Pools of Light Rock Crystal Locket
Wrapped in 14K gold bezel-set frame, this wonderful antique Victorian pools of light rock crystal locket hails from the middle 1800s. The oval crystal orb locket opens to house Daguerreotype photos of a man and woman on each side with the pools of light allowing magnification. Each side retains the original rings to hold the photos in place. These lovely lockets were originally exported from China to the West during the 1800s.
For thousands of years this optically clear quartz has been used as gemstones because of its enchanting ability to absorb and affect light. Possessing the property of double refraction (where images viewed through them appear upside-down and reversed) these works of art are from turn of the century and are increasingly more difficult to find, especially in wearable condition. Pools of light jewelry were believed to have a magical and mystical effect on the wearer. The ancient Chinese held the belief that the chi of good luck resided within each bead.
Materials: 14K yellow gold, Base Metal inside
Gemstone: Rock Crystal Orb
Measurements: 25mm tall not including the bale at the top, 17.2 mm wide and a depth of 17mm
Condition: Very good to excellent with no nicks, chips or scratches and the locket closing with a firm snap