Learn about Locket

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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

An antique silver gilt locket, set with mother of pearl, turquoise, garnets and enamel highlights. Length 55mm. Austro Hungarian marks

A Greek silver locket cross, an enamel cross, a cross of nails and three icons of Christ

Large silver and enamel portrait locket small dent to back

A silver enamel locket; guilloche pattern with floral motif in coloured enamel, diam 40mm

A silver locket pendant/enhancer; set with rubies, blue topaz and white enamel. Length 45mm

A silver and enamel locket; front panel inlaid with blue enamel and set with emeralds and turquoise on an emerald set bale.

An antique 15ct gold locket; front panel applied with a cruciform motif set with natural pearls to a blue enamel border opening to reveal two hand painted portraits. Length 57mm, width 35mm. Wt. 24.4g.

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

A Victorian black enamel and rolled-gold locket with foliate border

A Victorian locket, the oval locket centered with seed pearls and gold ball decoration within a blue enamel star, in 18ct gold.

A Victorian portrait mourning locket with a pearlescent enamel back and locks of hair and an empty Victorian portrait locket of similar style

A Victorian locket by Harry Emanuel of London, the finely crafted locket with applied bird and nest with seed pearl and blue enamel detail, in 18ct gold, in original fitted box.

An enamel and diamond locket, the heart shaped hinged locket set with pink enamel, applied gold wirework and diamond detail, suspended on a flat curblink chain, in 18ct gold.

An antique enamel locket/clasp, the rectangular clasp with coloured enamel initials and Crown motif, in 18ct gold.

A silver enamel locket. A silver enamel locket with white enamel work to the front and back. The front of the locket is also decorated to the front with a pink and blue enamel flowers. Locket opens to contain two photos. Comes on a white metal snake chain

Fine Victorian 15ct gold pendant/locket set enamel, pearls and diamond, circa 1890-1900

18ct gold locket, with enamel and diamonds, French origin, circa 1890-1920

Victorian gold plated locket oval form, cover with black and white floral enamel panel

A Victorian enamel and seed pearl locket, the plain polished oval locket with hand painted wheat sheafs and seed pearl set detail, hung on a belcher link chain. Yellow gold. Height 5.5 cm. Width 3.4 cm.

A Victorian gold-back-and-front locket with black enamel and seed pearl. (worn)

An enamel and silver locket, circular, obverse and reverse with translucent enamel

A Victorian black enamel and gold mourning stick-pin, in the form of a belt with the legend 'In Memory of' on a black enamel ground centred by a hair locket; reverse engraved 'Beloved father died May 9, 1865'; cased for T. Jones, 330, George Street, Sydney

An antique enamel locket, the circular locket having purple guilloche enamel decoration with central feature of rose cut diamonds, seed pearl and seed pearl drop, with glazed section to reverse, all in 15ct gold, suspended on a fine trace chain.

A Victorian onyx mourning locket, the oval locket set to the centre with an enamel and paste set cross and having a glazed reverse suspended from an opera length strand of French jet faceted beads

A Victorian gold and enamel locket, circa 1880 engraved to both sides with leaf and foliate design and heightened to the front with dark blue enamelling all in 9ct gold

An antique gold and enamel locket and chain, the 15ct gold circular locket having pink guillioche enamel and a border of white enamel centred with a single cultured pearl suspended from a 9ct gold trace chain boxed

Antique gold locket by Kilpatrick & Co Melbourne, the enamel initials MB for Margaret bell (nee Robertson) containing early photos of her mother Margaret Robertson (nee Whyte) and her husband George Meredith bell. Margaret's parents were painted by Thomas

Victorian 9ct gold and black enamel, oval mourning locket with applied gold and seed pearl decorations, a double glazed locket interior, a photograph, hair and a reeded bale

Gold and enamel locket, 20th century the oval locket gem set and enamelled with a lily of the valley spray, opening to reveal two photo apertures. Length 4.8 cm

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