Jul 29, 2014

A Locket in my Pocket

Lockets are among my favorite pieces of jewelry. There's just something so sweet and personal about these tiny secret compartments.

The earliest lockets were intended for woven or plaited human hair that was encased in a compartment of glass. Before the advent of the daguerreotype in 1840, lockets contained tiny hand painted portraits.

The Industrial Revolution brought advances in photography and bolstered the appeal of lockets to a broader population. 

Lockets of Victorian era are typically found in Sterling, Gold and rolled gold over base metal.This unusual  Victoria era locket (above and below) has a mesh sliding door that opens to reveal a compartment for a photo. It is of gold filled metal and marked inside.

Art nouveau lockets are among my favorite because of the detail and craftsmanship. Often they feature curvy, fluid designs inspired by nature.

Two Victorian- Nouveau lockets. The left is Sterling silver set with turquoise. The one in the right is marked 10k, and is set with three diamonds.

Interesting shaped lockets are also coveted by collectors. These three vary in age, the left is c 1950, the right is 1930s and the middle is early 1900s.

Often lockets are found missing the celluloid inserts and frames.

A collection of sweetheart lockets ranging from 1940s to modern.  Military emblem lockets were popular during World War II. It is a real treat to find them with the original photos of young men in uniform.

Taking on many forms, lockets can be found as rings, watch fobs, brooches, and even bracelets. This 14k gold Art Deco bracelet is a family heirloom. Custom crafted by Allsop and Allsop in strong deco lines and set with a blue sapphire.

It's a locket too!

I hope you've enjoyed a peek into my locket collection :) for lockets available for sale, visit my shop here:

Or check out some of these beauties I found on Etsy::

Art Deco locket from boylerpf

locket from COBAYLEY

Art Nouveau locket from ThePeacockFeather
Gorgeous Regard Enameled locket from Pinguim

Have a locket to share?? Please put a link in the comments!


  1. Most excellent article on lockets! I find them to be one of the most treasured pieces that will last a lifetime due to their wonderful sentimental value. Well done!

    1. I love that yours still has the original photos! So sweet :)

  2. I treasure lockets. I refer to them as "treasure boxes from the past". I love finding them at estate sales and when I'm out shopping for vintage for my shops. Thank you for including mine in your wonderful article.

  3. Thanks for having such beautiful pieces :) your locket stands out with those sexy carvings and yet so feminine with the lil diamond!

  4. Such beautiful lockets, and so many different styles. I love the bracelet!

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  6. What a lovely collection. Lockets are so personal and cherished by their past owners; we get to have a glimpse at their loved one(s)...

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