Vintage Sweetheart Necklace | Navy Heart Locket VB801
This vintage sweetheart necklace bears a US Navy insignia on a heart-shaped locket. The locket is hallmarked 10K gold-filled sterling from D'Aguanno Bros. The chain is a new, 14K gold-filled, and measures 18 inches.
This piece has been restored as close as possible to its original condition, cleaned gently by hand with steam, polishing cloths, and good old-fashioned elbow grease.
This vintage item has been loved and cherished by a previous owner, there will be some slight wear or imperfections. If there is any noticeable wear or defect, it will be mentioned here.
Sweetheart jewelry was a token of affection from a service member originally given to their sweetheart. This tradition started in WWI, but became increasingly more popular during World War II era (1939-1945), as cloth was rationed as part of the war effort. As a result, clothing was unadorned and simple. Wearing a sweetheart brooch, bracelet or necklace not only served as a connection to a loved one who was fighting overseas but gave the wearer a sense of style. Sweetheart jewelry expanded to all relations, including wife, girlfriend, mothers, and sisters.