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Elizabeth Locke

Venetian-glass intaglios, ancient Greek and Roman coins, antique porcelain buttons and other treasures that Elizabeth Locke collects from around the world all inspire and are incorporated into her earrings, necklaces and other handmade designs.

The Virginia-based jeweler began her journey as a collector after she’d already launched her namesake jewelry line, and her assemblage of micromosaics, which are essentially miniature plaques composed of enameled-glass tesserae, were the subject of the 2020–21 exhibition “A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“They’re very hard to find, and you never know where you’ll see them,” Locke explains of micromosaics, the magnificent, miniature works for which she’s had to navigate lesser-known antique shops and auctions and build relationships with private dealers in Europe.

All of Locke’s imaginative jewelry pieces see an integration of rare and eclectic materials, the kind that might’ve been amassed during a 19th-century Grand Tour of Europe, when these coming-of-age journeys had long been popular (mostly for wealthy European men). Working in a neoclassical style, Locke references history with a modern approach for her moonstone earrings, gold-link bracelets, Venetian-glass pendants and other distinctive accessories. As she told W magazine, “Jewelry is designed for the era in which it is worn.”

In 1988, as an editor for Town & Country, Locke traveled to Bangkok to write about making jewelry. Unexpectedly, she found her niche. Upon her return home, Locke enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America and began sketching ideas. By 1990, her tourmaline ring — crafted with the goldsmiths she had met in Bangkok and who she would continue to collaborate with over the following decades — landed the cover of W.

Locke’s handmade, 19-karat-gold designs give one-of-a-kind antiquities new meaning in the 21st century. Not one to follow trends, Locke prefers designs that express a unique vision. “I know what I can do and I know what I feel comfortable doing, and I stick to it,” she has said.

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Average Sold Price
$3,974
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Elizabeth Locke Vintage Moonstone 19 Karat Yellow Gold Hammered Bangle Bracelet
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bangle bracelet features five 6.5 x 8.5 mm oval moonstone cabochons - bezel set to front Translucent white in body color with subtle blue adularescence With fluted surround and acc...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Moonstone, Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Vintage Onyx 18 Karat Yellow Gold Dog Unisex Intaglio Signet Rin
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Ring centers a bezel set rectangular cushion shaped onyx cabochon with carved intaglio of a dog Opaque and deeply saturated black in color - measuring 15.0 x 20.0 mm With deeply ri...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Onyx, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Red Glass & Mother of Pearl Pendant in 18K Yellow Gold
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in New York, NY
Elizabeth Locke Red Glass & Mother of Pearl Pendant in 18K Yellow Gold PRIMARY DETAILS SKU: 115175 Listing Title: Elizabeth Locke Red Glass & Mother of Pearl Pendant in 18K Yellow G...
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21st Century and Contemporary Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Gold and Tourmaline Earrings
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Aspen, CO
Elizabeth Locke Earrings centering large natural cabochon cut pink tourmalines in 19K gold (Elizabeth Locke only works in 19K gold). These vertical oval earrings measure 1 inch by 7...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Tourmaline, Gold

Elizabeth Locke Neoclassical Cufflinks in Hammered Gold with Carnelian
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in San Rafael, CA
Beautiful, double-sided cufflinks in hammered 18K yellow gold with cabochon-cut carnelians by Elizabeth Locke. The circular faces measure 15.9mm in diameter; the backs measure 13.2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Neoclassical Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Carnelian, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Labradorite Sapphire 19 Karat Yellow Gold Statement Ring
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Featuring a substantial oval cabochon of labradorite measuring approximately 23.0 x 14.5 mm Translucent gray in body color with very strong labradorescence exhibited as a broad blue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Labradorite, Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Tourmaline Yellow Sapphire 18 Karat Gold Gemstone Cocktail Ring
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an emerald cut tourmaline weighing approximately 8.25 carats Remarkable transparent with strong peachy pink color Flanked by oval cut yellow sapphires, very well matched,...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Tourmaline, Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Vintage Coin 18 Karat Gold Enhancer Pendant Medallion
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant is designed as a round form centering an ancient style coin with a cameo of a pegasus Reverse depicts a cameo of the Greek goddess Athena in profile wearing a helmet Featur...
Category

1980s Contemporary Vintage Elizabeth Locke

Materials

18k Gold, Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

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Find a range of Elizabeth Locke watches & jewelry available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish Elizabeth Locke antique or vintage jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Elizabeth Locke pearl jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 8. This collection contains 66 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler.. Contemporary and modern are among the most popular styles of Elizabeth Locke watches & jewelry available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Henry Dunay, Yoko London and , Angela Cummings. Prices for Elizabeth Locke watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,850 and tops out at $32,500, while pieces like these can sell for $4,950 on average..

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