This striking necklace showcases a high-quality brass locket made by an American company that’s no longer in business. American-made lockets of this quality are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Jewelry is always personal, but lockets are perhaps the most sentimental because they contain expressions of love that we hold close to our hearts.
Lockets date back to 16th-century Europe when they were carried as talismans to ward off evil. Loyal followers of King Charles wore secret lockets containing a piece of his hair after he was executed in 1649.
One of the earliest known lockets with a picture in it belonged to Queen Elizabeth I, and it held a photo of her mother, Anne Boleyn. In the 19th-century, Queen Victoria made lockets popular when she started wearing one as mourning jewelry, with an image of her late husband, Prince Albert.
In this necklace, the locket hangs from a single antique, one-of-a-kind, Victorian-era button.
The antique button is one and only, chosen just for you, and so yours will not be identical to the image.
This necklace also features a sliding clasp that enables you to adjust its length to suit any neckline. You can wear it as a choker, as a long pendant, or anywhere in between.
In this piece:
Antique metal button, circa 1880-1910
Antiqued brass pewter setting cast today in the USA
Stamped brass bail made today in the USA in vintage dies
Large stamped brass locket, made in the USA
Antiqued brass chain
Chain adjusts from a 15" choker to a 32" long pendant with a sliding clasp