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.