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Victorian Jewelry: VJ235

GLORIOUS BANDED BEADS ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Banded Agate Necklace with Locket ): Because of Queen Victoria's love of all things Scottish, agate was a favored stone for Victorian jewelry and banded agate is particularly beautiful. A favorite of mine, banded agate could serve as half-mourning as well as popular jewelry in general. This incredible Banded Agate Locket Necklace just reeks of the Victorian “Grand” Revival when large pieces were much favored. (c. 1860-80) The necklace is comprised of 14 large faceted stones each one unique. The colors range from taupe and coffee to black with ribbon stripes of white. Each faceted bead is hand knotted allowing for the weight of the necklace to be very comfortable. Jet black swirl carved beads alternate with the agates for a truly beautiful and expensive look. A working oval locket hangs at the center. Both the front and and back of the locket are made of of large faceted banded agate.. Opening from the side, the hinged locket closes securely. The necklace clasp is a new addition but wonderfully appropriate to the period because it is shaped like a two-headed snake. (And much easier to fasten by yourself!) You need to see all the photos, including the back-lighted ones of both locket and necklace, to fully appreciate their full translucent beauty. What a glorious find!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Necklace 18 1/2” long including the snake clasp, beads vary in size. Locket is 1 3/8” long, 1 1/8” wide, 5/8” deep.

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