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Did you covet lockets as a child? Perhaps your favorite book or movie character had a prized locket necklace. Maybe you just like the idea of keeping important things close to your heart.
A locket is a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item such as a lock of hair. Lockets are usually given to loved ones on holidays such as Valentine's Day and occasions such as christenings , weddings and, most noticeably during the Victorian Age , funerals. Historically, they often opened to reveal a portrait miniature. Lockets are generally worn on chains around the neck and often hold a photo of the person who gave the locket, or they could form part of a charm bracelet. They come in many shapes such as ovals, hearts and circles and are usually made of precious metals such as gold or silver befitting their status as decorative jewellery. Lockets usually hold only one or two photographs, but some specially made lockets can hold up to eight. Some lockets have been fashioned as 'spinner' lockets, where the bail that attaches to the necklace chain is attached but not fixed to the locket itself which is free to spin. This was a common style in the Victorian Age. Around memento lockets started to replace mourning rings as the preferred style of mourning jewellery. Keepsake lockets can also be made with a glass pane at the front so that what is inside can be seen without opening the locket.