Here is a magnificent 18k gold double sided Victorian locket. It is detailed with robins blue enamel in a weaved pattern framed by gol and contrasting with rubies and pearls. Everything looks original to the pieces except for the bail. The exquisite hand engraving on the lip of the locket is rich and deep.
The interior has one side you can insert a photo. It includes a protective plastic cover for your personalized photo. The locket closes securely but that makes it difficult to open.
Weight: 2=0.60 cts
Measurements: 2 @ 4 mm
Weight: 4=0.80 cts
Measurements: 4 @ 3.5 x 2.5 mm
Shape: pear shape
Measurements: 6 @ 4 mm
Shape: oval and round
Dimensions: 33.8 x 26.5 x 7.5 mm; 43 mm with bail
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Weight: 13.4 grams
Condition Rating: 7 (there is a scratch at 3:00 on the enamel, the locket is difficult to open because there is no easy lip to insert your nail, it is a snug closure, bail does not look original and not soldered close)
Antique Victorian Blue Enamel Locket in 18k Yellow Gold with Rubies and Pearls
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.