Sunday, 5 August 2012

Alchemy Gothic The Reliquary Heart Necklace

I posted here about my Alchemy Gothic Elizabethan Ring, and this is the other piece of jewellery that I ordered from GlitterGoth, the Reliquary Heart Necklace.



This necklace was always one of those pieces that I'd look at on the internet but never got round to actually buying it.

I was very surprised when I did order it as it's so much bigger  than I was originally anticipating. I was expecting the locket to be tiny (I stupidly forgot to look at the measurements before I ordered), when in fact, it is quite large. It's a heart shaped locket with a little skull on the surface. There is a mirror inside the locket and a magnetic clasp.



The clasp is a little awkward for me as the black bed and red ribbon chain that the locket hangs on cannot be adapted, and since the necklace is far too long for me, I'm going to have to remove it and hang it on a single black ribbon instead. I've never been much of a fan of beads so it doesn't really bother me. I haven't posted a photograph of me wearing this as it's just far too long!



The intricate detailing on the front is really lovely, and my favourite part of the locket. The little skull fell off the day after it arrived, and I glued it back on. So far it hasn't moved, but it's something to be aware of. Luckily it fell off when I was in the house, I'd have been very disappointed if I had lost it.

The locket can hold quite a large image (I've chosen one to put in it but have not yet had the photograph printed) and has a poem engraved inside that reads:

'Where I am always thou art,
Thy image lives within my heart.'



It's all very beautiful, and the poem is a really nice touch. The mirror is a substantial size, too. 

Overall I love this locket. The skull falling off was annoying but not too much of a disaster since I didn't lose it, and fortunately now seems to be secure. The detailing is really lovely, and I can't wait to finally put a photograph in it.

This necklace is currently on offer for £23.59 instead of the usual £26.99 from GlitterGoth.

Do you own any lockets?

Disclosure: I bought this locket myself.

10 comments:

  1. Ohhh it is beautiful, I know what you mean about the size thing, when I bought the Emerald Venom necklace I definitely didn't expect it to be as big as it was! After getting a couple more Alchemy things, I don't think they do 'small'! What a pity that the skull came off, it looks like it's all solid, not just the skull stuck on. At least you didn't lose it though! But yes, gorgeous necklace, and the detail is amazing! ♥

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    1. Emerald Venom is next on my list! I was really surprised with how big Garden of Dark Desires was too. I always forget to check measurements before I order necklaces. The skull falling off really surprised me because I've never had that sort of issue with Alchemy before, but at least it happened when I was inside, I'd have been devastated if I'd lost it!

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  2. Beautifully detailed locket! I especially like the poem inscribed inside! I have noticed that Alchemy Gothic pieces are always much larger than you first anticipate! Which isn't always a bad thing! At least you get your moneys worth! I think the beads and red ribbon detract attention from the actual locket so a single black ribbon is a great idea! xxx

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    1. The poem is a really nice touch, it's a shame that the photograph will hide it! I like beads on their own, but with the red ribbon as well it's a little too much. I think a black ribbon will make the little red bow stand out a lot more too. :)

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  3. I've always admired Alchemy things from afar, never quite knowing if they were worth the price tag! The detailing looks amazing, shocked the skull wasn't built in rather than stuck on, bit disappointing. Either way it looks gorgeous and might even come in useful as a compact mirror instead!

    Ali xx

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    1. From my experience they are definitely worth the price tag! I've had some of my pieces for years, so I've definitely had my moneys worth. The skull was disappointing, if I'd lost it the locket would've been ruined. I wasn't expecting the mirror to be so big, it's really handy!

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  4. I dind´t expect a mirror and the brief inscription inside, but this piece is definitely a must. Thanks a lot for the beautiful pictures, dear. Thay are so detailed!

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    1. I wasn't expecting a mirror either and the poem is a lovely touch. No problem, it's always hard to tell what things look like with online pictures so I tried to capture it as best as I could!

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  5. I have this exact same locket and I love it! It's beautiful. I really enjoyed this post :)
    Naomi x

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    1. It's really beautiful. I still need to hang it on a new ribbon so I can actually wear it! Not put a picture in it yet either. :)

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