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 beautiful diamond set antique gold locket. Victorian, 15ct yellow gold, crafted as a large oval shaped locket measuring 47 x 37mm without bail of smooth plain polished gold, overlaid to front panel with an ornate and intricately arranged floral spray hel

Victorian floral carved ivory brooch with rope twist gold frame together with ivory cross pendant, bird brooch and French jet photo locket

Victorian 15ct yellow gold buckle locket opens to the left to reveal photo holder, weight: approx 7.09 grams, size: approx 3.5 cm long including bale (tests as 12 -15ct)

Somebody's Luggage' Advertising locket for Barnham's Circus trip to Tasmania with 11 miniature photograph portraits of Captain Tom Thumb and companions, accompanied with note 'When I was a child, Tom Thumb and Commodore Nutt came with party

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

An antique silver buckle locket. Sterling silver, Edwardian, crafted as an oval shaped locket of good size, heavily engraved with scrolled pattern work to front panel, overlaid with an ornate buckle motif of stylised form, hinged to reveal a double photo p

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

Antique gilt metal photo locket approx 2.5 cm high approx, in what is the original box

A small gold locket. 9ct yellow gold, Edwardian, presented as a lovely slim cased round locket with pinstripe detail to front, opening to a single photo panel under glass, completed with an articulated bail. Length 2.2 cms

A small gold locket. 9ct yellow gold, Edwardian, presented as a lovely slim cased oval locket with pinstripe detail to front, opening to a single photo panel under glass, completed with an articulated bail. Length 3.5 cms x 2.7 cms

A large silver locket. Sterling silver, oval in form with a flat square edged profile and unusual matt finish to case front and back, detailed to edged by fine ribbing, hinged to reveal two glass panelled photo panels, fitted with bead worked bail. Length

Unusual 9ct two sided book locket with photo, approx 9.2grams, 3.5 by 2 cm

9ct two sided engraved photo locket with birds and flowers on both sides, approx 3.8 grams, 3 cm including ring

A gold locket. 9ct yellow gold, antique inspired as a cut cornered rectangular shaped locket of slender form, decorated to front panel with foliate work to surround, hinged to reveal two photo panels, fitted with bail. Length 3.8 cm

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)

An Australian commonwealth military Forces locket with photograph 9ct rolled rose gold on sterling silver; Australia; excellent condition, c1940 inches. S 2 cm dia

An antique photo locket, 9ct yellow gold, Edwardian, made as a lovely small round frame of worked engraved gold, fitted with a glass panel, the back of smooth closed gold, fitted with small bail.

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 collection of antique Lockets and a frame, comprising a shield shaped 15ct yellow gold locket with two photo panels under glass, fitted with bail, two rolled gold oval shaped lockets, each engraved and hinged and finally a small round mosaic picture fram

Two antique photo Lockets, both set in 9ct rose gold, one a small round shaped locket of double sided design, simple edged in a smooth polished finish with bail, the other of larger size, convex in profile, also double sided with fancy fixed top bail

An Australian 9ct yellow gold double sided photo locket three seed pearls and two synthetic rubies, made by Rollason & Co., Melbourne

An Australian 9ct yellow gold double sided photo locket three seed pearls and two synthetic rubies, made by Robert Rollason, Sydney

An Australian 9ct yellow gold double sided photo locket possibly made by Aronson & Co., Melbourne

An Australian 9ct yellow gold double sided photo locket made by T. Willis & Co, Melbourne

An Australian 9ct yellow gold double sided photo locket five round red paste gemstones, made by Robert Rollason, Sydney

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

An Australian 9ct yellow gold photo locket the locket is double sided with six seed pearls in a star shape design, it was made by T. Willis & Co, Melbourne.

Two antique gold Lockets, one a beautiful 18ct yellow gold, hallmarked Edwardian locket of round form with plain polished outer case, measuring 21mm, hinged to reveal two photo panels under glass, fitted with bail, along with another antique 9ct rose gold,

An Edwardian 9ct gold photograph locket pendant, the border set with paste pearls

A Christofle silver photograph locket, rectangular, with hide-effect finish

An Australia 9ct gold photograph pendant locket with pearl-set border; Willis

A silver locket with engraving to one side and a hardstone cross and a photo window to the other side

Henry Griffith & Sons gentleman's signet ring yellow gold, contains hidden photo locket compartment, stamped 'H G & S', together with 14ct yellow gold Japanese Meiji 5 Yen coin ring, stamped '14K' (2)

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