There is nothing more romantic than wearing a reminder of someone you love close to your heart. For centuries, the locket—a pendant that opens up to reveal a small space to insert a portrait, lock of hair, or tiny love letter—has been a lady’s favourite accessory to do just that.
Lockets evolved from ancient amulets. European designs for lockets appear to date to the 16th century, when small pendants were worn to conceal good luck charms, small fabric squares soaked in perfume to ward off the poor smells on public thoroughfares, painted portraits, and even, on occasion, poison.
Lockets come in a variety of qualities: gold with diamonds and other precious stones, gold filled, gold tone, sterling silver, stainless steel, and silver tone. Some lockets have glass, some have celluloid covers, and some were made and sold without any covering for the photo spaces.
Whether you are a collector or someone who loves antique jewellery, lockets are a wonderful and personal way to display your personal style. All jewellery boxes should have a Locket.