Romantic lockets have been staples in women’s jewelry chests for hundreds of years, rising and falling popularity, but never disappearing entirely. This unique piece of jewelry is not only a beautiful adornment, it can also be used as a vehicle for anything precious and tiny. The earliest lockets were filled it with medicine, locks of hair, ashes of loved ones – sometimes even poison!
The locket as a method of concealing a portrait is also common. In fact, one of the first documented portrait lockets in the American colonies (1649-60) was the property of a royalist lady who daringly wore a locket hidden beneath her clothing – concealing a portrait of the late King Charles I.
The Victorian era, however, was the apex of popularity for the locket. The romantic and sentimental Victorians embraced the heart-shaped locket as a symbolic representation of a loved one’s heart resting on the wearer’s.
Today, lockets come in many shapes and sizes. Although the heart-shaped locket is undeniably the most popular, oval, square and even origami-like unfolding locket balls are just a few of the many lovely styles available.
Celebrities such as Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift have been quick to jump on this trend. And, stunning lockets have been spotted on television everywhere from Convert Affairs to The Vampire Diaries. Even Christian Dior’s models sported enormous gem-encrusted lockets on the runway this season.
One of my favorite designers, Monica Rich Kosann, has an absolutely spectacular collection of romantic lockets. With her prices in the stratosphere, however, I’ve chosen to highlight a few in a variety of price points so that you can get the look without mortgaging your home!
- Ila I locket necklace ($1,125 – maxandchloe.com)
- Ila I locket necklace ($770 – ylang23.com)
- Virgins Saints Angels gold jewelry ($248 – ylang23.com)
- House of Harlow 1960 gold necklace($188 – shopthetrendboutique.com)
- Privileged chain necklace ($95 – maxandchloe.com)
- Heart shaped necklace ($6.88 – jcpenney.com)
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