This quite incredible locket was created during the Romanov era of Tsar Nicholas II circa 1910 and is stamped with the ’56’ Russian mark for 14ct gold, implemented in 1882, for the gold fineness mark in zolotnik =585/1000 purity.
Typical of Russian gold the hue is a rich rose gold, once termed, and sometimes still, as ‘red’ or ‘pink’ gold.
Set with a pear-cut Ruby ‘suspended’ in pendant fashion from a ‘necklace’ of tiny rough rose cut diamonds to the front panel and opening to reveal two compartments which retain their original gold rims and two, perhaps later, clear panes.
The verso is highly polished and plain bearing the Russian stamps.
One only has to search online for similar pieces to understand the value of this coveted and desirable antique lockets.. a true asset to any serious jewellery connoisseurs collection.
1 @ Pear-cut approximately 0.25ct
16 Small rough cuts
3.2cm x 2.5cm Without bale
With bale - 4.2cm
Marked with 56 zolotnik old Russian gold standard (14K) and maker’s initials
Unidentifiable Russian Makers
XRF tested also as 14ct gold
Very very good antique condition. Opens and closes perfectly. No chips to Ruby, securely set. All diamonds original. Both gold internal rims present. Later plastic panes. Strong bale.
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