Generally a treasured piece of jewellery, the locket is a small ornamental case, typically made of gold or silver, worn round a person's neck on a chain and used to hold things of sentimental value, such as a photograph, or a lock of hair from a loved one. This is where the locket gets it name!
The tradition of wearing a locket can be traced as far back as the 16th Century, during which time they were worn by both men and women.
In general, lockets come attached to chains and are worn as pendants, but they can be made as charms and attached to bracelets, or even made into rings. Queen Elizabeth I commissioned one such locket ring. This locket held two miniature portraits- one of her mother, the late Queen Anne Boleyn and one of herself. It is said that the Queen wore this locket up until her death.
Lockets reached the height of popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Queen had a sizeable collection of sentimental lockets, and loved to give and receive them as gifts.
This year we have seen the demand for lockets and keepsake jewellery increase. It's been a particularly hard year for everyone, and it has been brought home to us what's truly important in our lives, and how much our loved ones mean to us.
We have a wide range of different locket designs available in our Rushden Jewellers from the traditional gold oval, to a highly decorative silver filigree. This round locket is gold plated sterling silver, set with sparkling cubic zirconias in a lucky four leaf clover design. Complete with an 18" matching chain, it makes the perfect keepsake gift for a 21st birthday or other milestone birthday..
Or for how about this unusual sterling silver marcasite oval locket. Set with genuine princess cut amethyst stones. It's reminiscent of Victorian jewellery.
Lockets traditionally represented a memorial of a loved one who has passed away, and this tradition can be carried on today. This angel wing locket with an antique oxidised finish is perfect for this. It comes complete with a matching chain.
Finally this heart shaped sterling silver locket has an engraved filigree pattern. It can be engraved with a personal message on the back. It's a perfect gift for someone special for their wedding day, birthday or anniversary. Click here to view our full range of gorgeous lockets and keepsakes