Victorian Mourning Locket (C. 1870s - 1900s)
This mourning locket was likely worn in tribute to a dearly-departed loved one, with the inner chamber used to house a photo or even a lock of hair in remembrance. Like many pieces of mourning jewelry from the era, this locket is made of gutta percha, sap derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia. Gutta percha was often used in the place of more expensive black materials like jet or onyx. This durable material has clearly withstood the ages--the delicate cameo features gorgeous details fully intact despite this piece's age. Locket measures 1.5" from top to bottom. Features a small bail and can be strung on a favorite chain or ribbon.