Vintage Vargas Love Heart Locket, 10 Carat Filled Gold with Sterling Silver Trim
This lovely gold heart locket is from the renowned costume jewellery house Vargas and is marked with
1/20 10 KT. - G.F.
Which means the locket is gold filled with a 1/20 ration of gold to base metal, with the gold being 10 carat and the trimmings being sterling silver.
The Vargas Manufacturing Company was founded in Rhode Island, USA in 1945 and produced ornamental costume jewellery, mainly prong set with clear and colored rhinestones, faux pearls and simulated colored glass stones on sterling silver, 10k gold filled, gold plated and silver plated base metals. The company ceased production around the 1980s.
It is in good vintage condition and has been put through an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner for hygiene.
Would make a perfect gift any time of year, but would be particularly fantastic for Valentines Day :-)