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.
Antique gold, banded agate and pearl pendant, with open locket in rear containing hair, engraved with name and dated 1854, weight:: approx 25.36 grams, size: approx 5 by 4 cm. Front tests as 14ct, backing as 9ct.
An antique gold and diamond Dearest locket, oval hinged form. The front panel with applied gold sash engraved with the word 'Dearest' and set with two rose cut diamonds. Fine gold beaded border either side. 15 carat yellow gold. Fitted shield shape
An antique gold and agate padlock clasp, heart shaped. The front panel set with a heart shaped banded agate. The reverse with a small locket compartment. Engraved scroll decoration to the edge. 9 carat yellow gold. Total length 24mm.
An antique gold locket, of circular form. Engine turned decoration to central panel front and back, with bold carved scroll borders. Scroll engraved top ring. Double photo compartment containing two hand-painted miniature. 15 carat yellow gold, circa 1870.
An antique gold locket, oval hinged form. Concave style front panel with applied gold letters spelling the word "Mizpah". The back panel engraved with shield motif, floral and scroll pattern. Double photo compartment. 15 carat yellow gold. Total le
An antique gold photo locket. 9ct rose gold, Edwardian, made as a round disc of peaked gold work of polished finish with millgraining between each peak, framed by applied gold balls, fitted with bail, to reverse a photo panel. Af
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
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