Antique Victorian picture locket. This locket tests 8k gold which means it was made outside of the United States, most likely Germany. It comes with a clear plastic protective coating that goes over the original photo. The locket opens and closes securely. It is engraved with a sunflower in the corners and the initials JVA in the center. The backside is blank.
Dimensions: 29 mm including bail x 20.8 mm wide x 3.1 mm thick
Metal: 8k gold not marked as it cannot be
Markings: Inscribed JVA in script and makers mark on frame
Weight: 5.2 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (it has already been engraved with a 3 letter monogram, some patina, closes securely)
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Victorian Picture Locket Pendant Charm Gold Engraved with Initials JVA
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.
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