Lovely Lockets

Think of a piece of jewellery that is both enduring and endearing, associated with legends, myths and superstition.  A piece of jewellery worn for protection, to ward off bad luck, deliver poisons, house medicine, a perfumed cushion or perhaps a miniature portrait. We are talking of course about the lovable locket – a decorative, ornamental case housing a secret inside.

Gold or silver locket pendants, rings or bracelets increased dramatically in popularity during the Victorian Age.  Lockets often contained a miniature hand-painted portrait of a loved one, revealed to the wearer by opening the little hinged door.  They were often worn as a pendant on a long chain so that the locket sat close to the heart.  The miniature paintings were works of art and paved the way for the idea of inserting a photograph as we now do.

Beautiful antique lockets with hand-painted miniature portrait and elegant engravings - the perfect loving gift and keepsake.

Beautiful antique lockets with hand-painted miniature portrait and elegant engravings – the perfect loving gift and keepsake.

To the Victorians, the locket necklace became a very fashionable piece of jewellery made in copper, brass or pewter, or beautifully crafted from sterling silver or gold. Often the locket would be monogrammed or engraved providing a meaningful keepsake.  The lockets were worn on a chain or velvet cord.  Ladies would often wear a filigree style locket containing a cotton ball soaked in their favourite scent of lavender, lilac or violetto to provide a hint of perfume.

An antique locket with miniature portrait and  jewelled button locket.

An antique locket with miniature portrait and enamelled button locket.

In the 19th Century Queen Victoria received a beautiful bracelet from Prince Albert with eight enamelled heart shaped lockets.  Each locket contained a lock of hair, one from each of her eight children. Popularity increased and lockets were often given as christening gifts or gifts of love.

Beautiful silver lockets for children with pretty pink enamelling make the perfect girly gift for a little girl.  Choose from lovely heart shaped, flower shaped and oval lockets hung on a silver chain.

Beautiful silver lockets for children with pretty pink enamelling make the perfect girly gift for a little girl. Choose from lovely heart shaped, flower shaped and oval lockets hung on a silver chain.

Today lockets remain a classic and popular jewellery gift choice for adults and children alike.  Children’s diamond lockets make beautiful gifts for christenings, birthdays or as bridesmaid jewellery.   A heart locket is a give of love – representing someone else’s heart resting on yours.

Beautiful sterling silver locket pendants for girls. Give the gift of love with a locket necklace engraved with the child's name or initials.

Beautiful sterling silver locket pendants for girls. Give the gift of love with a locket necklace engraved with the child’s name or initials.

For your own gift of love for a little girl, visit the Diamond Kids website and view our lovely range of  silver lockets for children.  Give this gorgeous gift of jewellery, engraved with a child’s initials, name or meaningful date and it is sure to become a treasured keepsake for years to come.

Beautifully enamelled locket pendants for girls.  Pretty colours and pretty designs make this a very popular children's jewellery choice for birthdays and bridesmaids.

Beautifully enamelled locket pendants for girls. Pretty colours and pretty designs make this a very popular children’s jewellery choice for birthdays and bridesmaids.

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