Beautiful and amazing. This mid to late Victorian Gutta Percha Victorian carved cameo mourning-sentimental hair locket pendant definitely has history. History of a loved one for many life times. This stunning Gutta Percha cameo locket came from an era that was once of grief and love.
This lovely Gutta Percha carved, high relief cameo locket, more than likely depicted the gal with the hair. It is hard to say if this was actually a mourning locket or a locket of sentimental jewelry. Carved cameos or silhouettes were a way to remember someone in death and in love.
This pretty cameo by itself is about 1" long and 3/4" wide and depicts the image of a woman's head with designs in her hair and is in extremely high relief. The inside contains a floral border and two photo covers where the original hair is beneath each side. There aren't any chips or cracks in the piece and is beautifully aged, condition. Beautiful, Victorian history. Comes with its very own ghost! $179.00
Gutta Percha: Definition: a dark (black or near-black), rubber-like gum derived from the resin of trees from Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia; highly flexible yet durable, it began to be used in the 1840s for jewelry, especially mourning jewelry in the latter 19th century, as a more reasonable substitute for jet; designs are almost always molded, however, as opposed to carved.