Locket with raised cameo in gold setting and surrounded by small pearls. Clasp is made of gold with small pearls descending in size. Locket is 1 3/4 " x 1 1/4"
Am pretty certain this was a gift of Jonas Meyer of San Francisco to either his daughter or granddaughter sometime between 1850 and 1900.
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It is a beautiful little locket. Such antique jewellery are being offered at auction on a regular basis.
The design and the condition of the small gold and pearl locket is very good. It has an appealing look to it and is very charming. It is obvious to see that it was made for a wealthy family. I think you are quite right about the dating of the item. It origins from the middle part of the 1800s. The decoration, style and materials are all quite typical of this period. Despite its age it is not the most popular piece of antique jewellery today. Today fashion prescribes diamonds and that determines the price. However it would most certainly attract the attention of both collectors and dealers if it came up for sale.
The estimate provided is for a well-advertised specialised online antique jewellery auction, where I believe the locket has the best chance of realising its fullest potential. However, there is no measurement for the sentimental value you might attach to the lovely little piece. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help.