Today they are known as the most common bird in the world, but that wasn't always the case.
Originating in parts of Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, house sparrows were introduced in Britain in the mid-1800s. A few decades later, these tiny birds were imported to the United States with the hopes to establish wildlife that was familiar to European immigrants.
However, with no natural predator, it didn't take long for the house sparrow population to spiral out of control causing farmers and horticulturalists to label them as pests and flying rats.
While sparrows may have been loathed by some, the nature-loving Victorians of the later Aesthetic Movement revered them so much so that they began incorporating their likeness in jewelry form.
To many Victorians, birds represented freedom and the soul. The sparrow, in particular, was regarded as a symbolic guide to help an individual find his or her way along the path of life. It was believed that if you were lost, the sparrow would lead you home. Perhaps the sparrow on this locket is doing just that.
This sweet little locket is gold filled with the loveliest rose hue and features a slightly 3-dimensional engraved sparrow perched on a picket fence. The dimensional layered centerpiece is given depth and life by the use of different color gold washes.
The stippled textured background is washed in yellow gold, while the fence is washed in green gold. The bird is crafted of the same rose gold as the locket.
Locket is being sold without a chain.
Materials: Rose gold filled, paper, glass
Measurements: 1" x 3/4" x 1/4"
Condition: Very Good
Locket has light surface scratches consistent with age and use. There are a few tiny spots in the decorative center where the wash is fading/coming off. They are only noticeable under a jeweler's loupe. The glass is missing from one side of the locket.
Cleaning and Care
Remove glass and paper and clean gently with warm soap and water and a soft bristled brush. Lightly polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, if needed. Do not submerge in any sort of harsh cleaning chemicals as it could remove the gold wash.