Victorian Diamond Mourning Pendant in Black Enamel on 14K Yellow Gold c.1885
Beladora offers this lovely Victorian diamond mourning locket below, describing it as “”a unique artifact of a bygone era. Inky black enamel on yellow gold forms a large oval pendant with old mine-cut diamonds set in a floral design in patinated silver on one side and a transparent window on the reverse for keeping a treasured image.””
The locket (Item #62946) dimensions are Length 2 5/8 Inches, Width 1 1/2 Inches, and it is for sale at a price of $2,350.
One striking thing about this pendant (for me anyway) is to see that lush black completely covering the 14K gold metal base. Just leaving a border of gold at the back, around the transparent pocket (see image below) and the gold bail at the top. The colour contrast is beautiful. Another visually compelling contrast is that between the smoothness of the black enamel background from which arises the very sculptural forms of the blackened, patinated silver settings for the diamonds.
Note if you go through to the Beladora website, there’s a cool video, showing what the pendant looks like in situ – that is, around a neck!
Jewelry information and images on this page courtesy of Beladora