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 gold locket and chain, circular hinged and engraved locket on a belcher link chain;9ct yellow gold. Weight 18.5g.

A Victorian yellow gold turquoise and pearl locket, an oval locket set with turquoise 2mm and seed pearls mounted in a star frame with engraved detail to reverse, Wt 16.3 grams

Antique double sided 9ct gold locket, with buckle design one side and shield on the other, weight: approx 6.7 grams, size: approx 3.5 cm including bale

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.

9ct gold Edwardian photo locket with seed pearls, total weight 7.8gms

Victorian 18ct yellow gold, open locket pendant, weight: approx 3.5 grams

18ct yellow gold, emerald and pearl locket, total weight: approx 7.5 grams

Antique 14ct gold locket, 4 cm high, (two stones missing) 8.5gms approx

Antique Russian 14ct gold locket, with applied bird decoration. Total weight 14.8gm, body 4.3 cm high

Antique 9ct gold micro-mosaic locket, opening at the back. Total weight 5.6gms

Ladies 18ct gold locket, of rectangular form, decorated with a central floral motif

A gold and diamond locket, the front of the plain polished oval locket set with a small round brilliant cut diamond. 9ct yellow gold. Weight 3.26 grams. Length 23mm.

A Victorian portrait miniature locket, depicting a young boy, to a seed pearl set mount in gold, circa 1880.

Edwardian 9ct yellow gold faux pearl and red stone double sided photo locket. Wt. 8.5g (total)

Edwardian 9ct two tone gold double sided photo locket. The bale loop is not gold. Wt. 8g (total)

9ct yellow gold ball locket / pendant, weight: approx 2 grams

A 9ct rose gold anchor locket, the front with an anchor & swirl pattern, the reverse with a diamond plaque & swirl pattern., Wt 8grams

An antique 15ct gold locket with scrolling leaf pattern, 33.9 x 28.3mm, wt. 10.7g.

Antique gold mourning locket set with a central old cut diamond, seed pearls, and French Jet. With enamelled decoration. Approx locket size 5 cm x 5 cm x 1.5 cm high

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 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

A Victorian gold locket, oval hinged form, with plain polished gold central panel back and front with engraved leaf and foliate style border. 15 carat yellow gold.

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 small oval form. Side opening with fold out double oval photo compartment. Engraved scroll decoration back and front. 9ct yellow gold. Total length 24mm. Boxed.

An antique gold locket, oval form, with geometric cross and scroll decoration to back and front panels. Double photo compartment. 15 carat yellow gold.

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 early Victorian pinchbeck and gold locket, circular form. The surrounding carved scroll and floral pinchbeck mount with engine turned 9ct gold back. Carved pinchbeck top ring, circa 1840. Boxed.

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 case locket, circular form. Engine turned decoration with buckle style motif back and front case. Double photo compartment, circa 1890.

A gold locket, plain oval form, engraved front, inner picture panels, 15ct gold. Weight 8.3g.

Vintage round rolled gold locket, with woven hair inside

Victorian double sided swivel locket, with onyx on one side and a hardstone cameo on the other (tests as gold plated)

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 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