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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Hallmarked sterling silver bird & star locket, hallmarked Birmingham 1880

Sterling silver double sided locket, size approx 7cm including bale

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

A sterling silver Royal Canadian naval Volunteer Reserve sweetheart locket, with enamel detail and engraved on the reverse.

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

Sterling silver locket engraved with flowers length: approx 5 cm including bale

Edwardian sterling silver locket, hallmarked Birmingham 1905

A Victorian sterling silver locket, the oval locket with pierced bird motif to front and applied beaded decoration. Length 6cm.

A Victorian silver collar with locket pendant, finely engraved links and locket, locket hallmarked Birmingham 1879

Victorian mourning locket with gold collar and flower decoration, together with a silver and onyx necklace

An Edwardian silver locket and collar. Sterling silver, hallmarked, Edwardian, presented as a large oval locket of domed profile, etched and overlaid with applied rose and yellow gold with central foliate motif, hinged and fitted with bail, suspended from

A Victorian silver locket with applied monogram; matt finish.

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

A Greek silver locket cross, an enamel cross, a cross of nails and three icons of Christ

An antique silver buckle locket. Sterling silver, Edwardian, crafted as an oval shaped locket of good size, heavily engraved with scrolled pattern work to front panel, overlaid with an ornate buckle motif of stylised form, hinged to reveal a double photo p

A silver pendant inset with a glass locket with a gold plate compass, Ruler, PenKnife

An antique locket retailed by Hardy Brothers, the oval hinged locket finely enamelled with a white lily and blue forget-me-nots, having glazed sections to the interior, set in sterling silver presented in original fitted box.

A large silver locket. Sterling silver, oval in form with a flat square edged profile and unusual matt finish to case front and back, detailed to edged by fine ribbing, hinged to reveal two glass panelled photo panels, fitted with bead worked bail. Length

A late Victorian silver locket, floral engraving to front; Michael Joseph Goldsmith, Birmingham, 1884.

Victorian hallmarked silver locket and bale approx 6.5 cm including bale

Large silver and enamel portrait locket small dent to back

Silver hallmarked marcasite locket hallmarked Birmingham with date lozenge to rear

A silver enamel locket; guilloche pattern with floral motif in coloured enamel, diam 40mm

A Victorian sterling silver locket and collar, the oval hinged locket with applied decoration and gold detail, suspended from a fancy link collar with engraved and applied decoration, total length 480mm, circa 1880

A silver locket pendant/enhancer; set with rubies, blue topaz and white enamel. Length 45mm

A silver and enamel locket; front panel inlaid with blue enamel and set with emeralds and turquoise on an emerald set bale.

Collection of military and related badges, comprising: RAAF sweetheart locket, gold lined. on war service 1914. on war service 1915. RAAF sterling silver sweetheart badge. Athletic sports rifle club Sydney

Victorian silver locket and a silver pencil holder locket as inspected

An Australian commonwealth military Forces locket with photograph 9ct rolled rose gold on sterling silver; Australia; excellent condition, c1940 inches. S 2 cm dia

Danish hinged silver heart locket, (with Georg Jensen logo) can be worn open or closed