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.
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.
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.
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.
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.