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 Victorian Gemset cluster ring, set with 3 emeralds and a circle of pearls with rear locket compartment (missing liner) unmarked tests 15ct gold, has been resized, size. J, K

Good vintage pendant with open locket back and gold fittings. Seed pearls enhance a cherub on the front, set in labradorite, length approx 6.5 cm including bale

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

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

A gilt star shaped locket with blue paste Gemstones together with a diamond shaped gilt locket with red and pearl paste Gemstones

An antique silver gilt locket, set with mother of pearl, turquoise, garnets and enamel highlights. Length 55mm. Austro Hungarian marks

Victorian open locket with bird & seed pearls and a 9ct bail, some pearls missing

A 15ct yellow gold large locket centrally set with a raised star decorated with seed pearls and an old mine cut diamond. Weight 41.5grams. Length 7 cm including bale, in original box. Gibson Goldsmiths Belfast

A seed pearl, turquoise and 15ct gold locket pendant. Weight (all in) 15.4g.

A vintage 9ct yellow gold locket with seed pearl highlight. Weight: 4.2g

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)

A 9ct gold locket; set with seed pearls and emeralds.

A lovely garnet set padlock locket, 9ct yellow gold, Victorian style, crafted as an oversized padlock shaped locket, engraved work decorating the front panel, set with three oval garnets, each intense red in colour and a single centred pearl, to reverse an

An antique 15ct gold locket; front panel applied with a cruciform motif set with natural pearls to a blue enamel border opening to reveal two hand painted portraits. Length 57mm, width 35mm. Wt. 24.4g.

A Victorian locket, the oval locket centered with seed pearls and gold ball decoration within a blue enamel star, in 18ct gold.

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

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

Antique open faced locket with seed pearls and red stones, approx 3.3 grams

Two silver pendants; one in camphor glass with central blue sapphire, other an onyx and seed pearl set locket. Weight 8g.

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 pearl and turquoise photo locket eleven seed pearls with ten turquoise, made by Aronson & Co, Melbourne

An Australian 9ct yellow gold double sided locket four round synthetic sapphire with eight seed pearls, made by Robert Rollason, Sydney

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.

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

A Victorian locket by Harry Emanuel of London, the finely crafted locket with applied bird and nest with seed pearl and blue enamel detail, in 18ct gold, in original fitted box.

An Edwardian pearl, turquoise and 9ct gold bar brooch; Birmingham hallmark, locket verso; metal pin

An antique gold locket, the rectangular fringed plaque with scrolled surmount and seed pearl decoration with glazed interior, suspended on an omega collar, all in 18ct rose gold.

Fine Victorian 15ct gold pendant/locket set enamel, pearls and diamond, circa 1890-1900

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

A silver gilt jet and seed pearl pendant/locket, c.1890. The locket is hinged with a keepsake compartment

An antique picture locket; hinged locket with a border of seed pearls. Width 32mm. Wt. 8.6g.

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 9ct gold locket; front panel set with emeralds and seed pearls. Length 23mm. Weight 4.2g

9ct yellow gold (tested) Victorian style seed pearl, locket and chain. The front of the locket is set with a star design cluster of 15 seed pearls

A silver locket pendant; floral pierced front panel set with marcasites and seed pearls to internal mirror. Length 65mm. Weight 33.1g

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

Three gold items; an 18ct locket pendant (9g), a 9ct spray brooch and a leaf brooch (13.8g), all missing pearls

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