A very attractive Russian opening locket in the Art Nouveau taste, the front applied with a floral motif set with demantoid garnets. These garnets are a rare form of green garnet - there are several others - of which the only source at the time was Russia, and it is a stone whose distinctive acidic green colour was very popular in early 20th century jewellery, both in Russia and elsewhere. The locket opens on a beautifully crafted hinge whose joints are hardly visible, and can hold two photographs or miniatures. One inner frame has a small repair. The locket bears Russian 14ct. control marks for St Petersburg 1896-1908, assay master A.Richter, with an unidentified maker's mark NC. Excluding the suspension loops, the locket is 1 3/8 inches:35 mm high.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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