News-Antique.com - Aug 31,2012 - Sweet Romance features a wide assortment of lockets in the collection, perhaps none more fun and whimsical than the Victorian Book Locket Bracelet.
The Victorians loved lockets and around the turn of the 20th century they were mass produced for costume jewelry. Round and heart-shaped lockets were the most popular, often monogrammed with the owner’s initials. Repousee, a metal forming technique, was also used creating a highly embossed finish, and it is the form of expression used by designer Shelley Cooper in the Victorian Book Locket Bracelet from Sweet Romance.
“Pressed from the original dies, images of fairies and putti are the links of my Victorian Book Locket Bracelet,” explained Cooper. “Putti are the little beings depicted as winged babies in the frescoes and paintings of the Baroque era. They are portrayed in oval and square panels in raised repousee.”
Two panels of the bracelet have black enamel borders and cherubs against a pierce-work background. Three book lockets, which open and hold a total of 6 miniature photos, have enameled covers with an engraved floral design. Ever full of detail, this Sweet Romance creation features a hidden box clasp with tiny dangling fleur-de- lis and crown charms.
Sweet Romance Jewelry Manufacturing is an American design house and manufacturer producing the jewelry lines of Sweet Romance and Ollipop. CEO Shelley Copper is an artist, designer and historian who weaves history, beauty and imagination into jewelry designs which radiate the authenticity and spirit of many eras of fashion history. Her lines are sold to retailers and wholesalers worldwide as well as through the online jewelry boutique at sweetromanceonline.com and shelleycooper.com.