In 1676, Sir Edmond Halley travelled to Saint Helena to chart the path of Mercury in the sky. A few years later, he began to use the laws of motion to plot the travels of a specific comet and predict when it would be seen again. When the comet flashed across the night sky in 1758, just as he had predicted, it was quickly named in his honour. Halley’s Comet was due to return in 1835, leading many late-Georgian and early Victorians to seek out comet-themed jewelry. This fascination with the solar system and its celestial bodies continued long after Halley’s Comet disappeared from view. From the 1860s onward, stars were a hugely popular motif.
This Victorian locket features a beautiful star on the front, composed of seed pearls and a red tourmaline at its centre. It measures 30mm tall (not including the bail by 25mm wide (the diameter of the round body) and weighs approximately 6.1g. It is stamped "9ct back and front" of the reverse and comes complete with fittings. The locket closes securely. Wear commensurate with age and use. You will receive the pictured locket.
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