I have a small but special collection of Georgian jewelry. The Georgian era ran from 1714-1811 (though different dates are used by some people to describe later pieces as ‘Georgian) and jewelry and decorative arts from that time was very elegant, but not, in my opinion, gaudy, sombre or flashy. I particularly like mourning jewelry from that time, and most of what I own is in some form, a piece of memorial jewelry to commemorate a loved one who has died.
This paste and silver locket would probably have had a small portrait or painting, usually on ivory, inserted inside, and also a lock of hair or some other memento of the loved one. The picture I have inside is a reproduction but I hope to find something from the era to put in there. This locket dates to 1790.