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This wonderfully handmade locket is a work of Art. The goldsmith made the locket of 18 karat yellow gold. The Locket came from a family in Baltimore Maryland the family believed the locket to be made in Baltimore because of the family’s history. Traditionally Lockets were made to hold “Locks of Hair” of loved ones. This tradition goes back before the 17th Century, before they had photos as a keepsake.
The Locket is decorated with Natural Seed Pearls and Natural Pink Topaz
Information on Topaz:
Topaz occurs in a wide range of colors including red, orange, peach, pink, gold, yellow, brown, green and clear and is found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Russia. In the 20th century naturally pale to medium blue topaz is enhanced by irradiation to produce a more intense blue color.
Red and pink topaz gems were used in the jewelry of the 18th and 19th Century Russian Czarinas and is why topaz is sometimes called "Imperial Topaz".
The most famous topaz is actually a colorless topaz that was originally thought to be a diamond. It is a 1680 carat stone known as the "Braganza Diamond" set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels. Another beautiful topaz is in the Green Vault in Dresden which has one of the world's most important gem collections.
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
During the Middle Ages topaz was thought to heal both physical and mental disorders and prevent death.
The Greeks believed it had power to increase strength and to make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had power to improve eyesight. The Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect them from injury.
In the Victorian language of Gems: Pearls mean “Modest Loveliness” .
Pearls, in fact, played the pivotal role at the most celebrated banquet in literature. To convince Rome that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth that put it above conquest, Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony she could give the most expensive dinner in history. The Roman reclined as the queen sat with an empty plate and a goblet of wine (or vinegar). She crushed one large pearl of a pair of earrings, dissolved it in the liquid, and then drank it down. Astonished, Antony declined his dinner—the matching pearl—and admitted she had won. Pliny, the world's first gemologist, writes in his famous Natural History that the two pearls were worth an estimated 60 million sesterces, or 1,875,000 ounces of fine silver ($9,375,000 with silver at $5/ounce).
The Locket has a natural hand cut crystal to hold the hairwork; and would have been an expense treasured pendant of the time, circa 1850, and worn with a small ribbon or silk cord. The locket is in excellent condition and has an insured value of $3000.00 as of September 2011.