Victorian Onyx and Purple Flower Mourning Locket

Regular price $498.00
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Victorian Onyx and Purple Flower Mourning Locket

Regular price $498.00
Unit price

In many cultures it is believed that if you gaze into a blackened reflective surface, you can detect visions of the past, present or future.

This beautiful inky black onyx pendant is so polished, it could act as your own wearable scrying mirror.

However, in the Victorian era, onyx pieces such as this were less about foretelling the future and more about remembering the past.

After Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861, she began incorporating onyx and other dark stone jewelry into her mourning attire -- thus creating the association of onyx with grief.

Though it may have been designed for mourning, we think this witchy little number is perfect for immortalizing the present as well as the past.

This gorgeous locket is hand crafted in one single, seamless piece of black onyx with a beveled edge. The center has been carved out to allow for the wearer to tuck hair, a photograph or other memento inside to be visible behind a large 14k gold lined glass window.

The front of the locket features a beautiful stylized purple glass flower (perhaps a forget-me-not) with silver leaves positioned upside down, symbolizing the untimely death of a respected loved one.

The large decorative bail makes it easy to accompany many chain sizes.

In Victorian floriography, forget-me-nots carry the symbolic meaning of remembrance, true love and devotion. While purple flowers represent respect, sorrow, sympathy and admiration.

Locket comes with a new gold-filled chain.

Additional Details
Date: 1890s
Materials: Onyx, 14k gold, sterling silver, glass
Measurements: Locket: 2" x 1.5" Chain: 18:
Markings: Bail marked 14k WRC (perhaps for W. R. Cobb)
Condition: Very Good
There is a light surface scuff on the onyx front to the left of the flower. The purple glass flower has light surface scratches consistent with age. The silver setting holding the glass stone in place has tool marks from being crimped closed. This could be original to the piece or the center glass piece may have been reattached or replaced at some point. There is no way to know.
Cleaning and Care
Wipe with a soft damp cloth if needed. Do not immerse in any sort of liquid.