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.

Large cameo of Mercury, 18ct yellow gold surround, with open locket to rear, designed to swivel around (currently not working), weight: approx 31.8 grams

Victorian cameo with Roman female warrior, with open locket to rear, tests as 18ct on the front and brass on the rear (front has been refinished), weight: approx 27.4 grams, size: approx 5 cm length

Victorian Vulcanite and jet locket pendants, vulcanite with cameo of young woman with grapes in her hair, bun and bale missing, jet set with seed pearls, some repairs, locket compartment on reverse

An antique stone set locket, hinged, mounted with a hard stone carved cameo and layered agate, unmarked tests approx. 15ct gold, (composite piece).

West & Sons England shell cameo locket pendant, c. 1860 15ct gold mounted oval shell cameo, stamped 'West & Sons', repair to mount weight approximately 27.9 grams

14ct yellow gold book shaped locket, with a shell cameo set to the front on a gilt chain

Four antique gold brooches; a 15ct bee hallmarked Chester 1885, three in 9ct, one set with a carved bone cameo and two mourning brooches one set with garnets other with seed pearls and dried flowers with rear locket compartment. Wt. 11.2g.

A circular silver locket with a cameo of lady Patsy on 'Rumpy-Pumpy'

A shell cameo brooch; featuring a classical portrait set in an approx. 15ct gold frame (af) to rear locket compartment. Wt. 16.6gm.

A Victorian shell cameo and gold locket clasp, the classical cameo within a filigree frame; the back-plate engraved '50th night of Cinderella to Mrs Austin, theatre N-York 1831. 40 x 3.5 cm. Note: an operatic production 'Cinderella' at the Park, theatre, N