Antique Mexico .925 Sterling Silver 2″ Puffed Heart Locket
Silver is a precious white metal which is highly conductive and malleable. Because of its softness and receptiveness to polish, silver was notably first used during ancient times to create tableware with intricate designs and a mirror-like shine. Then in 12th century Europe, people discovered that silver could be alloyed with other metals to create a more durable and useful material known today as sterling silver. Initially, sterling silver was used to make monetary coins. Early Norman sterling silver pennies were typically imprinted with small stars, so many believe that that word “sterling” came from the Old English word “steorling,” meaning “with a little star.” It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that sterling silver really became popular in jewelry making, later making its mark on Art Nouveau design and modern fashion. More interesting facts about the silver used in this piece is the “MC” after the 925 (925 MC) indicating it is most likely produced in Mexico. These are the only markings on the piece. The 925 represents .925 (92.5%) pure silver…which is the benchmark for sterling silver.
A locket is definitely a jewelry box essential and this beautifully etched piece opens up to hold photos, medication, perfumed sachets, or anything you’d like. It would make an excellent gift for a loved one whether for a daughter’s Christmas gift or a Valentine for the one you adore. It is a simple yet timeless classic and would make the ultimate heirloom piece to pass down to your family.
This puffed heart locket is signed and measures 2″L x 1.25″W and is .5″ thick. The closure snaps shut securely and the tiny micro scratches aren’t visible with the naked eye and only add to its charm. The bail is large and will fit almost any size chain. The sterling silver chain in photos is not included but we will gladly provide a chain upon request.
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