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 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
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.
A gold guard chain and locket the fancy belcher link chain with hinged locket having inlaid gold floral decoration and ruby with glazed interior all in 9ct rose gold total weight 23.35gms total length 136 cm
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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