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    Reema, Age 4 in India

    Shinde Jewels

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    Holly Vine

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    Victorian Ruby, Diamond & 18K gold Locket

    The locket features a scrolling rose-cut diamond holly vine, enhanced by an engraved & oxidized finish, with circular-cut ruby berries, circa 1880. The locket slides open to reveal two mirrors.

    The gold pendant looks like a much richer karat gold through a chemical process called blooming. It involved dipping a gold item into a boiling acid bath which burned off any alloys on the surface. This technique of alloy deletion leaves a thin layer of pure gold surface on a piece, further accented by a gorgeous, soft satin finish. 

    This technique has since fallen out of use because the fumes released from the process are extremely toxic.

    Condition: In good condition; Minor dents commensurate with age.