Pearls, Gold and enamel plaque
The Victoria & Albert Museum
In the Nineteenth Century, cupids, flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments and nesting birds were all symbols of love. So, it’s only natural that these symbols would be popular themes for the jewelry which was so frequently given as a token of affection.
This locket was made in Western Europe around 1880. It’s a work of gold and pearls set with an enamel plaque showing happy putti enjoying what appears to be a nice picnic. I don’t know, really, but that’s what I like to think because that sounds pleasant to me. A pleasing turquoise enamel border surrounds the scene.