A locket is an item of jewellery, usually a pendant worn on a chain around the neck, that is hinged and opens to reveal a space, sometimes called a "keepsake compartment", used for storing a a personal memento, such as a miniature, a photograph or strands of hair. Other styles of lockets are worn as a brooch or bracelet. They have been around in various forms since the 15th century, but reached the peak of their popularity in the 19th century, when sentimentality was part of the national psyche. They are most commonly made of gold or silver, often decorated with precious or semi-precious stones and come in many shapes including ovals, hearts and circles.
French art nouveau 18ct yellow gold pendant, by Edmond-Henri Becker (b.1871), with raised design to one side depicting a lady's head wearing a white sapphire set tiara, the other decorated with scrolled foliage, fruit and a sickle 3.3 cm high (excludin
An Edwardian 9ct. gold Art Nouveau pendant, the floral scrolling frame with a small facet cut ruby type stone to the top, with an additional stone suspended from base, with a 9ct. gold twisted link chain
An Art Nouveau freshwater pearl necklace, circa 1890, designed as a series of nine openwork shield-shaped panels accented by circular-shaped blister pearls, each separated by an intricate twin-line gold chain, the front of the necklace suspending a Mississ
An Australian 9ct yellow gold Art Nouveau pendant & chain c.1900-1910 set with facetted blue paste and with 6 seed pearls, with suspended single drop pearl in a flower and butterfly design, with Australian makers stamp
Australian 9ct yellow gold seed pearl and paste Art Nouveau pendant by Joseph Lawrence (1894-1980+), Melbourne, set with 3 seed pearls and 5 light blue paste, in a foliate design, stamped with makers mark. Reference: Australian Jewellers by Cavill, Cocks &
Australian Art Nouveau pendant and chain stamped 15ct, with makers marks of Aronson & Co.set with two aquamarines and seed pearls. Note: the Goldsmiths of Aronson & Co., had a branch in Perth manufacturing jewellery from c.1890's (reference: Powerhouse Mus
An Art Nouveau yellow gold Ceylon sapphire and seed pearl pendant and chain the 2 blue sapphires are round faceted and set amongst 9 seed pearls, over an open scroll design with safety chain and having a fine Figaro chain necklet
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