An Archaeological Revival Gold, Pearl and Turquoise Locket Pendant
Made in St. Petersburg, circa 1885 this superbly crafted large antique Russian gold locket from Romanov Russia Antique Jewelry is decorated with filigree (twisted gold threads) in the style of ancient Greek and Etruscan jewelry, which often used granulation (small gold dots or beads) to create patterns on a gold ground.
At the centre of the locket is a large natural pearl (7.7 mm) surrounded by bright blue channel-set calibre-cut sugarloaf cabochon turquoise. Two miniature picture frames sit inside the locket, ready for enclosures of images or other memorabilia. The textured gold chain is sold separately.
Price: $6,800 USD
Markings: The back is stamped with 56 zolotnik gold standard (14K) with a symbol for St. Petersburg
Maker’s Mark: ‘AT’ in rectangular shaped stamp for Alexander Treiden, a prominent St. Petersburg jeweler of the period.
Condition: The condition of the locket is exceptional.
Dimensions: Length with bail – 57 mm (2 1/4 in.), w/o bail – 42 mm (1 5/8 in.) Width – 32 mm (1 1/4 in.)
Weight: 27.17 grams