Victorian 9ct Rose Gold two picture Locket. In very good condition with no damage, opens and closes as it should do. The mark says 9ct back and front. Gorgeous locket with a lovely design which looks lovely worn on a simple chain or could be layered with other pendants. Measures 21mm by 27mm high. About: There is some confusion with regards to what ‘Fronts and Backs’ actually means. People sometimes assume that it means the item has been gold plated however this is not the case. In late Victorian times and throughout the Edwardian period, lockets were manufactured out of a sturdy base metal including the sides, hinges etc. which was then gold plated. The next stage is where the phrase comes from - the front was then covered in a sheet of solid gold as was the back. This enabled the heavy and intricate engraving so often seen on lockets from this period which would be impossible to achieve on rolled gold or gold plating. This also meant that the locket, due to its composition and its underlying structure of sturdy metal stood the test of time and was better equipped to be opened and closed regularly. This meant that production was far more cost effective but also on a positive note these lockets are generally a high percentage of solid gold and in the parts which are not, the gold plating is generally of such good quality that they have survived the test of time meaning we get to enjoy these lovely items!