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.
An antique diamond pendant/locket and chain, the heart shaped locket set with a principal old European cut diamond weighing 0.45cts, within a surround of further diamonds totalling 2.57cts, in 18ct gold and silver, suspended on a diamond set chain, in 15ct
An Australian antique 'Regard' locket, the heart shaped locket set with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond in raised floral and foliate decoration with engraved reverse, all in 18ct gold, hallmarked W.A. Jelfs, with original box.
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