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.

Learn about Mourning Jewellery

In Victorian England there were strict protocols for mourning the death of a family member, relative or (in the case of servants) an employer of employer's family member. They were particularly observed by the upper classes, but followed by other classes where the apparel and accoutrements could be afforded.

Mourning protocols were mainly applied to women, who were expected to wear heavy, concealing, black clothing, together with a black crepe veil, and a cap or bonnet.

Mourning jewellery completed the ensemble.

For a widow, there were three stages of mourning, covering a period of two years or more. The first period of mourning, lasting for a year and a day, was known as "full mourning". "Second mourning" covered a period of nine months, and allowed for a slight relaxation on the colour and style of garments worn, and for mourning jewellery. "Half mourning" lasted from three to six months and more elaborate and coloured fabrics such as grey and lavender could be slowly introduced.

Different rules applied to men, children and servants, depending upon their relationship with the deceased. more...
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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.

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

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

A lovely gold mourning locket, 15ct yellow gold, oval in shape with domed profile, the small locket detailed by an acanthus leaf of worked gold, to reverse a single glass panel, fitted with bail. Length 16mm

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

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

Two antique pieces. One a 9ct yellow gold fob medallion piece, round in shape with a lovely engraved front panel and engraving to reverse, along with a mourning locket of round shape, detailed by a woven panel of hair with four starburst pearls set to fram

Good Victorian gilt mourning locket circa 1860, also called remembrance locket. Original frames, glass covers and lining. Includes original tin type photo image. Both sides of locket have engraved ivory leaves symbolizing immortality, everlasting life

A Victorian shaped oval mourning brooch with locket compartment within a scrolled border

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

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 Victorian Vulcanite mourning locket, oval, with a wreath motif

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 Georgian hand painted miniature pendant/locket, the oval pendant with a miniature a of a mourning woman in flowing gown behind painted glass mounted in metal

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

Mourning Locket, c1870, stamped 'Metal', with hair and hand-coloured photograph, set in circular frame surrounded by gold stars and seed pearls. Weight 9.70 grams

A Victorian jet mourning locket; front panel features a finely engraved monogram with plaited hair compartment to rear, 58mm drop.

A 19th century pinchbeck opening circular mourning locket inset with hair

A Georgian pinchbeck mourning locket pendant inset with hair and seed pearls

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

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 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

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

Victorian 9ct gold mourning locket with a female photograph and a star patterned articulated link chain

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