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.

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A Victorian paper mache brooch and a gold locket, 48 x 37mm brooch with central painted floral scene in a gold cased frame and a trifold triangular shape engraved locket pendant tests approx 14/15ct, (30 x 23mm), wt. 7.3g

Miniature 9ct gold blue bird locket with another miniature heart pendant, weight: approx 1.1 grams

An antique gold cased locket pendant, oval form with fine feather and leaf border, centre plaque with a star motif and central diamond.

A Victorian Gemset cluster ring, set with 3 emeralds and a circle of pearls with rear locket compartment (missing liner) unmarked tests 15ct gold, has been resized, size. J, K

Small gold plated locket with leaf design on both sides, weight approx 3.4 grams

Good vintage pendant with open locket back and gold fittings. Seed pearls enhance a cherub on the front, set in labradorite, length approx 6.5 cm including bale

Good 18ct yellow gold engraved locket weight approx 9.4 grams, size 4 cm in length including bale

An antique gold filigree collar and pendant locket. 18ct yellow gold. Weight 64.1 grams. Length 51 cm.

A late Georgian miniature locket, gold cased open locket set with a hand painted miniature of a gentleman on ivory with plaited hair in rear compartment, fitted box, 70 x 50mm (including bail)

Late Victorian gold locket, 9ct yellow gold, enclosing a hand painted portrait of a lady, approx. Weight 22.9 grams

Victorian mourning locket with gold collar and flower decoration, together with a silver and onyx necklace

A Victorian gold and ruby mourning locket, set with three rubies, oval form with a shield border; 9ct yellow gold. Weight 10.8g.

A gold locket, floral engraving to front; J a Main Ltd, Birmingham, 1989; 9ct gold. Weight 13.1g.

A Victorian gold cased locket, front panel applied with bouquet of flowers. Length 54mm.

A Victorian gold mounted double sided Japanese shakudo, bronze inlaid pendant locket

Edwardian 9ct rose gold locket with bale approx 3.9 grams, 3.5 cm in length including bale

14ct gold, etched locket with hair art total weight 9.72 grams approx

An Edwardian silver locket and collar. Sterling silver, hallmarked, Edwardian, presented as a large oval locket of domed profile, etched and overlaid with applied rose and yellow gold with central foliate motif, hinged and fitted with bail, suspended from

A hallmarked 9ct gold locket, engraved panels, front applied with a ruby and old cut diamond cluster 30 x 17mm. Wt. 3.2g.

A hallmarked 9ct gold locket, with floral engraved panels, 50 x 35mm. Wt. 8.7g.

Rare antique 9ct gold mourning pendant locket set with seed pearls and garnets, approx. 20.2gr

9ct gold cornelian & onyx locket / fob, approx 8.4 grams. English hallmarks

Antique Victoria Lockets, i)9ct gold front and back engraved locket. Double hinged 4 frames with enamelled strap. Design. ii)9ct gold front 20mm long engraved hair. Locket with enamelled strap design.

A Victorian gold mourning locket, tiered oval form, shaped border, central old cut diamond; 15ct yellow gold. Weight 7.5g.

A gold lined oval locket filigree and engine turning pattern with a glass centre, 5x3 cm.

Victorian 9ct gold, double sided fob locket, with carnelian/bloodstone, photo frames in place but no glass, approx 2.5 cm including bale

Hallmarked 9ct gold photo locket, both with frames, hallmarked Chester, approx 3.2 grams, 2.5 cm

9ct yellow gold shield-shaped locket, circa 1890, approx. 9.4 grams

An antique dress necklace. Yellow gold plated, antique, presented as a drop styled necklace centred by an oval locket set horizontally, engraved with foliate motif, connected to each side to a series of overlapping coins dated from the 1840's and 50's, edg

A silver pendant inset with a glass locket with a gold plate compass, Ruler, PenKnife

Victorian garnet and diamond star locket pendant, 18ct yellow gold, cabochon garnet centring a star embellished with old mine cut diamonds, weight approximately 15 grams