A Victorian locket now headed to a new home. A lovely example of sentimental jewelry as ‘souvenir’ was associated with a person rather than a place back in the day. Part of our selection for @modaoperandi.
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For ages, scarab beetles have been used as amulets of rebirth and resurrection. In Ancient Egypt, it became popular practice to place a scarab over the heart of a mummified person. Known as "heart scarabs", these artifacts were meant to be weighed against the feather of truth during the soul's final judgement. Egyptians regarded the heart as the center of emotion, intelligence, and memory, and keeping it in the body of the deceased was of utmost importance. Thus, the beetle served as an emblem for the vital organ, echoing the heart's significance in the afterlife of the deceased. This pendant features a scarab beetle -yes, a real one- mounted in gold with articulated legs and antennae. The reverse side is a glass-fronted locket holding a lock of silver hair. It dates to the Late Victorian period, a time that marked the major archaeological discoveries in Egypt and the ensuing popular fascination with Ancient Egypt and its decorative motifs. #scarablocket #victorianlocket #hairlocket
Retaking pictures of this locket! It’s so beautiful and I’m perplexed as to why it hasn’t sold yet. It’s enamel and silver gilt and the perfect size circa 1860s. Hmm 🤔 maybe I need to just keep it.
I recently acquired the last of a former dealer’s collection of lockets, and with them, her decades-long collection of locket photos. These small people would be over 100 years old today, and yet they look so familiar, don’t they?
It’s been a while since I did a video — as you’ll note from the number of bloopers here! But I am excited about Instagram’s new feature that allows for product links in video ... just click on the links to shop the pieces shown and see our IGTV channel in our bio for the full video. I’m going to try to do this once a week in 2019. If there’s something online you’d like to see up close, comment below and I’ll include next week. 💗