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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, turquoise, ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gerald Harris, in memory of his wife, Sylvia

  • Museum number:

    M.6-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 1, shelf 15

  • Public access description

    The message of love intended by this jewel is expressed in its heart shape and also by its form of a padlock and key. The padlock reflects the convention suggesting ‘you have the key to my heart’. The sentiment is further reinforced by the choice of coloured stones, which have initial letters that spell ‘REGARD’: ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond. This arrangement of stones was also popular in ‘regard’ rings. The pendant opens to reveal a panel of woven hair under glass.

  • Physical description

    Locket, gold and turquoise, set with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond. These stones spell REGARD.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 6 cm with chains and ring, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm, Length: 8.7 cm chain with a key

  • Descriptive line

    Locket, gold and turquoise, set with gemstones spelling the word 'REGARD', England, about 1840

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection