Antique Australian 9ct Gold Double Sided Photo Locket by Robert Rollason Circa 1905
History of Blooming
This process burned off any alloys on the surface resulting in an alloy-free, thin layer of soft, pure gold on the item. This thin gold skin was dotted by an infinite number of microscopic pits or holes which caused the matte sheen. The effect is reminiscent of the soft skin found on a peach. Dipping the item into the boiling mixture was referred to as colouring, and resulting sheen was termed bloom".
(Credit Lang Antique University).
Please note chain is for display only
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