Posted 4 months ago
I bought this on EBay several years ago because I love old jewelry, especially ladies’ antique watch chains with slides and mens’ watch ornaments/fobs.
The chain is 48” long, has a slide with one opal and 6 tiny pearls- 2 of those pearls are on the sides surrounded by a raised swirl design. I cannot tell for sure but there may have originally been several more stones on the sides.
The swivel locket has a floral design with pretty dark blue stones that I believe are sapphires.
Inside the locket is an 1854 Emperor Napoleon III 5 centime French coin.
The coin seems securely affixed somehow and I don’t want to risk forcing it out just to see if there is any attributing information inscribed under it.
I’ve learned the Napoleon III was emperor of France from 1852 to 1870.
These bronze coins were minted 1852-1865 and were demonetized in 1935.
Lost in time is the reason for the coin being secured in the locket.....maybe a sentimental date or the remembrance of a honeymoon in France.....I’ll never know.
But, it’s mine now - opal is my birthstone, I’ve visited France a couple of times, I love sapphires and old jewelry - so I wear it now in appreciation and remembrance of special people, events and places in my own life. Time rolls on.....