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A brief history of lockets
Lockets, in one form or another have been around for centuries. Used to carry powder or poisions, keepsakes, good luck charms, hair, ashes, and most recently pictures.
Through the years, lockets have been made in many metals, such as: brass, copper, aluminum, iron, sterling gold and platinum. There are some lockets that were made of copper and plated with sterling or "german silver". There is a company still making them today using antique molds. click here to an example
As mechanical techniques improved around the turn of the 20th century,
the locket was mass manufactured for costume jewelry. Many of the Victorian
lockets were set with seed pearls, and gem stones in bright colors and
sometimes diamonds with old miner's cuts.
These days, with modern manufacturing capabilities lockets are made with more exacting standards and overall quality has improved. But we mustn’t forget that the locket is a piece of jewelry, and it is essentially difficutl to make, because it is small and the metals are soft (relatively speaking) It is not a filing cabinet or box.
|From our collection of Victorian and older lockets - if you click on the image you will enlarge the image and see inside|
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