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 onyx and seed pearl locket, the oval locket with central seed pearl cluster and glazed panel to the reverse. 18ct yellow gold. Weight 16.86 grams. Length 5.5 cm.

A gilt star shaped locket with blue paste Gemstones together with a diamond shaped gilt locket with red and pearl paste Gemstones

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

A seed pearl, turquoise and 15ct gold locket pendant. Weight (all in) 15.4g.

A vintage 9ct yellow gold locket with seed pearl highlight. Weight: 4.2g

A collection of antique gold and rolled gold jewellery including 9ct mounted British pound charm, 9ct tiger claw pendant, 9ct seed pearl set cross and 9ct Edwardian photo locket, total weight 81.4 grams, (15 items)

A lovely garnet set padlock locket, 9ct yellow gold, Victorian style, crafted as an oversized padlock shaped locket, engraved work decorating the front panel, set with three oval garnets, each intense red in colour and a single centred pearl, to reverse an

An impressive Georgian mourning locket, 18ct rose gold, crafted as a large oval shaped locket with double sided glass panels, to one side an intricately painted scene of a mourning widow and monument dated 4th Oct 1800, beautifully overlaid with gold and p

Two silver pendants; one in camphor glass with central blue sapphire, other an onyx and seed pearl set locket. Weight 8g.

An Australian 9ct yellow gold pearl and turquoise photo locket eleven seed pearls with ten turquoise, made by Aronson & Co, Melbourne

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 Edwardian pearl, turquoise and 9ct gold bar brooch; Birmingham hallmark, locket verso; metal pin

An antique gold locket, the rectangular fringed plaque with scrolled surmount and seed pearl decoration with glazed interior, suspended on an omega collar, all in 18ct rose gold.

Victorian mourning locket, an oval black onyx locket pendant with gold bale and floral engraved hinged cover, with half pearl and seed pearl set star to the reverse, opens to reveal interior glass display window

A silver gilt jet and seed pearl pendant/locket, c.1890. The locket is hinged with a keepsake compartment

9ct yellow gold (tested) Victorian style seed pearl, locket and chain. The front of the locket is set with a star design cluster of 15 seed pearls

An onyx and pearl mourning brooch; applied with nine small pearls to rear locket compartment framed in 9ct gold, fitted with pendant loop. Dimensions 40 x 30mm. Weight 19.8gm

A Victorian onyx and seed pearl mourning pendant, the oval pendant centred with a seed pearl set cross, with glazed locket to the reverse, in 15ct gold

A Victorian turquoise, ruby and seed pearl pendant, the openwork locket centred with domed turquoise panels and ruby and seed pearl detail, with photo locket to the reverse, in 18ct gold, in original fitted box, Widdowson & Veale, London

Aronson & Co., Colonial 15ct yellow gold beryl, seed pearl and turquoise set, picture locket c.1900, floral design, oval and hinged hallmarked with flag, 15ct, Fleece weight: 21.2gms. Note: the goldsmiths of Aronson & Co. Had a branch in Perth manufacturin

A silver chain and locket; 51 cm belcher chain attached with a 35 x 28mm engraved locket applied with a turquoise and pearl cluster.

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.

Gold, ruby and seed pearl locket the oval shaped locket set with cushion cut rubies and seed pearls in a star shape, mounted in 18ct gold approx weight 23.19gms

A Victorian gold collar and locket, the wide fancy link collar in 15ct gold suspending an 18ct gold oval hinged locket with seed pearl starburst decoration and glazed interior, total weight 140.0gms, total length 490mm, circa 1880

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

Victorian French jet photo locket front set single half pearl on gold star pattern

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.

An antique ruby and seed pearl locket, having applied decoration set with seed pearls and rubies and glazed photo inserts to the interior all in 18ct gold

A Victorian gold locket, the 18ct gold oval hinged locket wth fringe and seed pearl decoration to the front with hand painted sepia portraits to the glazed interior having a later bale, circa 1870 boxed

A Victorian gold collar and locket, the 15ct gold wide mesh collar suspended with an 18ct gold oval hinged locket with an applied seed pearl starburst and glazed interior total weight 135.0gms total length 49 cm

Victorian gold locket with seed pearl monogram 'M', on chain. 11. 5 grams total

A Victorian mourning locket and chain, circa 1870, the oval onyx panel centred with a gold seed pearl star with glazed locket to reverse suspended on a fancy link 18ct gold chain with black and white banded agate sections total weight 78.4gms total length

A Victorian gold locket, circa 1870, the 18ct gold oval hinged locket with fringe and seed pearl decoration to the front with hand painted sepia portraits to the glazed interior

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

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

A Victorian onyx, pearl and gold mourning pendant with half-pearl set star, gold fittings, locket compartment back; cased for Hardy Bros. Length 60 mm