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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Vintage 18ct gold open locket cameo pendant, in hardstone, total weight: approx 11.57 grams (locket surround tests as 14ct and appears to be replacement)

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.

A 19th century yellow gold, enamel, diamond and garnet puff heart ring, possibly constructed from a locket clasp, the raised floral design on the decorative enamel puff heart form, plain band.

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

A Victorian onyx and seed pearl locket, the oval locket with central seed pearl cluster and glazed panel to the reverse. 18ct yellow gold. Weight 16.86 grams. Length 5.5 cm.

A 22ct gold heart shaped locket, with hand engraved floral design, wt. 8.9g.

Large cameo of Mercury, 18ct yellow gold surround, with open locket to rear, designed to swivel around (currently not working), weight: approx 31.8 grams

9ct yellow gold heart shaped locket, weight: approx 2.22 grams

10ct rose gold book locket, with the principle that guide Avon, weight: approx 8.41 grams

Victorian 18ct gold locket, weight: approx 9.26 grams, size: approx 3.5 by 2 cm

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

An early Victorian Japanese Shakudo locket, circa 1890, two oval plaques inlaid with silver, coper and gold Shakudo work, one plaque depicting two ducks swiming beneath a cherry blossom tree with mount Fuji in the background, the other plaque depicting phe

An early Victorian Japanese Shakudo locket, circa 1890, two oval shaped plaques inlaid with gold and silver shakudo work, one plaque depicting a junk at sea, the other panel depicting a man and woman in a rickshaw with mount Fiji in the background, length

An early Victorian Japanese Shakudo gilt locket, circa 1890, two oval shape plaques inlaid with silver and gold shakudo work, one plaque depicting a Stork with two babies beneath bamboo and flowers, the other plaque depicting two pheasants beneath flowers

9ct yellow gold and amethyst glass locket, weight: approx 2.5 grams

Vintage 9ct gold round locket, engraved with flowers, weight: approx 2.96 grams

A Victorian paper mache brooch and a gold locket, 48 x 37mm brooch with central painted floral scene in a gold cased frame and a trifold triangular shape engraved locket pendant tests approx 14/15ct, (30 x 23mm), wt. 7.3g

A gold heart locket, scrolled engraving, fully hallmarked, 9ct gold. Weight 2.7g.

An 18ct yellow gold inlaid over silver sweetheart Australian army locket, with enamel detail

Miniature 9ct gold blue bird locket with another miniature heart pendant, weight: approx 1.1 grams

15ct yellow gold Art Nouveau locket weight: approx 8.9 grams, size: 3.5 cm including bale, glass missing from open locket inside (tests as 14-15ct)

French 9ct yellow gold open locket weight: approx 5.95 grams, size: approx 4.5 cm length including bale (tests as 9ct)

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)

Vintage 9ct gold ball locket weight: approx 2 gram, hinged on side, dent on one surface

9ct gold locket, weight: approx 2.25 grams

14ct yellow gold filigree work locket, weight: approx 17.8 grams (tested as 14ct but unmarked)

An Australian Commonwealth Military Forces 9ct gold locket, Chester 1916, a round locket with a raised design, the reverse with engraved initials. Hallmarked Chester, 1916.. Provenance: From the collection of Professor GWK (Ken) Cavill., Wt 8.3grams

An antique rolled gold mourning locket, floral engraved border, circular perspex centre containing woven hair.

A Victorian mourning locket, face of locket featuring a cross with black enamel border and blue floral wreath; 14ct gold. Weight 5.8g.

An antique gold cased locket pendant, oval form with fine feather and leaf border, centre plaque with a star motif and central diamond.

A Victorian mourning locket, painted memorial scene to face, engraved scrolling to rear; 9ct gold. Weight 8.2g.

An antique French locket, oval locket with blue enamel embellishment to face. C.1870; 15ct gold. Weight 26.2g.

Vintage gold plated locket, decorated with blue enamel cross

Victorian gold 'REGARD' locket, set with diamonds, weight: approx 18.3 grams, low grade gold with repairs, stones missing on front, plain back, length: approx 5 cm including bale