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 banded agate and enamel pendant, dated 1859, the heart-shaped banded agate mounted within a gold and black enamel snake surround, with rose-cut diamond eyes, to the enamel suspension hoop, the reverse comprising a glazed and green grosgrain loc
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
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