1880s Synthetic Ruby 4.55 Carats Diamonds Gold Pendant Locket

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An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian 4.55 carat diamond and synthetic ruby, 18 karat yellow gold pendant/locket; part of our Victorian jewelry and estate jewelry collections

This exceptional antique Victorian locket has been crafted in 18k yellow gold in a heart shaped form.

The pendant displays a feature old European pear cut diamond encircled by nine oval cut synthetic rubies*.

The central design is further embellished with nine pairs of old European cut diamonds, graduating in size displayed alternately between the synthetic rubies.

The anterior face of the pendant is further accented with seventeen well-matched old European cut diamonds surrounding the central design.

The locket is fitted with an integrated ring loop attachment from which the pendant is suspended via an articulated fleur de lys shaped loop, accented with an additional six old European cut diamonds.

The sides of this exceptional antique locket are embellished with fine chased decorations

The reverse of this fine pendant is fitted with a heart shaped glass panel which currently displays an original four-leaf clover, but this could be replaced with a personal memento or image if so desired.

The locket opens to reveal a hinged compartment that contains the four leaf clover; it has however not been opened in order to preserve the clover leaf.

The pendant is suspended from a hallmarked 46cm/18", 18k yellow gold square belcher chain which secures to the reverse with a conventional lobster clasp.

This chain may be replaced with a chain of the same quality, in a style or length that meets your personal requirements.

This impressive Victorian locket is supplied with an independent diamond grading certificate for the central diamond in addition to the independent diamond grading report card shown.

This locket has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as 18k gold.

NOTE * In 1837 Gaudin made the first synthetic rubies by fusing potash alum at a high temperature with a little chromium as a pigment. Natural rubies and synthetic rubies look very similar on general observation. Synthetic rubies have a different internal colour banding and crystal structure which can only be identified under specific test conditions. It was common practice to incorporate synthetic rubies to impressive pieces of Victorian jewellery

Diamond Quality

Feature Diamond

Color H
Clarity VS 2
Cut Old European pear
Content 0.65 carat
Dimensions 6.06mm x 5.20mm x 2.90mm

Supporting Diamonds

Color (average grades) H
Clarity (average grades) SI3
Cut Old European
Content (total) 3.90 carats

Total Diamond Content

4.55 carats

If you would like to view a copy of the diamond grading certificate, please contact us, providing your email address, and a PDF file will be sent.


Length across setting 3.30cm/1.29"
Width across setting 2.11cm/0.83"
Length of chain 46cm/18"

Date: Circa 1880

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AC Silver item Ref. SKU: W9908
Of the Period
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Circa 1880
18k Gold
Yellow Gold
Excellent. This pendant is exceptional quality. The 18k hallmarks are very clear. There is a 2mm loss to the collet set glass panel to the reverse, but this in no way detracts from the appearance of this stunning piece..
0.83 in. W x 18 in. L
2 cm W x 46 cm L
18 in. (46 cm)
Dealer Location
Jesmond, United Kingdom
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1stdibs seller since 2015
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne