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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
$3,834
Styles
Elizabeth Locke Pearl Choker with Mother of Pearl Intaglio and Gold
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Dallas, TX
Elizabeth Locke Yellow Gold Pearl Choker with Mother of Pearl Intaglio. Stunning piece in the land of wonderful pearl necklaces.
Category

2010s American Modern Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Vintage Peridot 18 Karat Yellow Gold Earrings
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Earrings center bezel set 10.0 mm round cut peridots - transparent and medium lime green in color Accented by a fluted hammered gold surround Completed by hinged omega backs with o...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Peridot, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Diamond 19 Karat Hammered Yellow Gold Cushion Earrings
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Cushion shaped earrings with a moderately strong hammered finish A bezel set round brilliant cut diamond at each cardinal point Weighing approximately 0.50 carat in total with G/H ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, Yellow Gold

Carved Onyx Horse Portrait Earrings, signed Elizabeth Locke
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A pair of profile portraits of horses are immortalized in striking fashion, carved of black onyx and framed with 18k yellow gold. A pearl softens the design and adds a levity to the ...
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Late 20th Century Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow 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 Thai Neoclassical Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Carnelian, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elizabeth Locke Rhodolite Garnet Tourmaline Iolite 18 Karat Gold Maltese Cross
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant brooch is designed as a puffed form maltese cross with a strongly hammered finish. Centering a sugarloaf cabochon rhodolite garnet measuring approximately 10.5 x 10.5 mm - ey...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Pearl, Tourmaline, Rhodolite, Garnet, Iolite, Yellow Gold, Gold, 18k Gold

Elizabeth Locke Moonstone Cabochon Gold Ring
By Elizabeth Locke
Located in Bethesda, MD
From Elizabeth Locke, a dramatic 19 karat moonstone ring. The cabochon moonstone measures 21*15.5mm and is highlight with faceted green tourmaline. Size 6½
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Early 2000s Unknown Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Moonstone, Gold, 18k 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...
Category

1980s Contemporary Vintage Elizabeth Locke

Materials

Onyx, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Elizabeth Locke jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

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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