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.
A 15ct yellow gold large locket centrally set with a raised star decorated with seed pearls and an old mine cut diamond. Weight 41.5grams. Length 7 cm including bale, in original box. Gibson Goldsmiths Belfast
A Victorian banded agate and enamel pendant, dated 1859, the heart-shaped banded agate mounted within a gold and black enamel snake surround, with rose-cut diamond eyes, to the enamel suspension hoop, the reverse comprising a glazed and green grosgrain loc
Sterling silver, held on a decorative chain, crafted as a series of interlocking, engraved floral themed links. From the chain, the large oval locket is suspended by a vee shaped bail, and features, elaborate silver work to the front and a central set roun
An antique diamond pendant/locket and chain, the heart shaped locket set with a principal old European cut diamond weighing 0.45cts, within a surround of further diamonds totalling 2.57cts, in 18ct gold and silver, suspended on a diamond set chain, in 15ct
Gold and diamond pendant locket, circa 1880, designed as an opening plaque set to the front with an old European cut diamond set horse shoe motif, mounted in 18ct gold, suspended from a 15ct gold curb link chain. Length approximately 370mm, 61.0 grams.
An Australian antique 'Regard' locket, the heart shaped locket set with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond in raised floral and foliate decoration with engraved reverse, all in 18ct gold, hallmarked W.A. Jelfs, with original box.
An antique Continental diamond and ruby locket set to the front with a stylised flower with a pear shaped rose cut diamond weighing 1.20cts and two Burmese rubies with a further nine small rose cut diamonds to the stem and star points the hinged sliding pa
An antique gold diamond and ruby locket, the 18ct gold round hinged locket having a wreath set with square faceted rubies three engraved geometric lines and two engraved pendant drops set with rose and old cut diamonds.
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