A true one-of-a-kind enamel portrait locket from the 1800s. Modelled in 18ct yellow gold this unique antique piece has Swiss provenance according to the previous owner. The striking necklace features intricately assembled hollow gold components strung together; each segment is beautifully detailed with fine floral enamelling in black and white. The enamel is overall in good condition, however there is some loss to note, which can clearly be seen in the photographs, however this doesn’t detract from this eye-catching necklace.
To the very centre of the necklace is a hand painted miniature portrait of a smiling dark-haired women with a yellow hat. The combination of this portrait and the colours of the enamel lead us to the conclusion that this was likely an important piece of mourning jewellery for the mystery women depicted in the centre.
Hanging from the base of the pendant is a foil backed aquamarine in a closed back setting, which adds another dimension to this already spectacular piece.
The necklace is complete with a classic 18ct yellow gold curb link chain, which is 15” in length and complete with a barrel clasp.
Other than the light enamel loss the only wear to note is to the reverse of the necklace where there are some superficial dents to the back of the hollow segments and some old repairs; however these repairs are secure and cannot be seen when worn, just simply a part of the history of this once in a lifetime piece.
Swiss black enamel portrait necklace
Aquamarine Measurements: 7mm x 5mm
Metal: 18ct gold, tested
Chain Length: 15” approx.