This post is paying tribute to this wonderful goldsmith, the Cassetti family, Benvenuto Cellini and the superb art and architecture of Italy. According to the Cassetti literature this exciting atelier was founded in 1929. Renzo Cassetti was inspired by the work of the master goldsmith, sculptor and artist Benvenuto Cellini (November 3 1500 - February 13 1571).
Asprey International Limited is one of Britain’s most well known luxury jewellery chains. The firm has supplied crowns, sceptres and coronets to royal families all over the world. Splendid jewellery, accessories and decorations for the home are sought after by those who wish to acquire items made to uncompromisingly high standards. Asprey was founded in 1781 by William Asprey. The firm’s flagship store has been located at the current address New Bond Street, Mayfair, since 1847.
In 1826, Solomon Blanckensee founded a jewellery concern based in Bristol, England. The business proved to be highly successful and as time went by it acquired a number of other prominent jewellery firms. The size of the business and quality of the products meant that it had few others considered to be its equals.
The first skilled artisans said to have decorated fine jewellery with guilloche enamel were working in the mid 18th century. The methods and tools that were used have changed very little over the centuries. The patterns favoured then were still being reproduced in the 1950s. Guilloche is a decorative technique in which artisans use lathes, often referred to as rose engines. These machines have been in existence for hundreds of years and even those used by jewellers in the twenty first century were made as long ago as the middle of the nineteenth century.
This post answers these questions:
1. What is the history of the locket?
2. Why lockets are named lockets?
3. What do the symbols on a locket mean?
4. What is the difference between a locket and a pendant?
5. How can you tell if a locket is antique?
6. What is the Chequers Ring?