History of Romantic Heart Lockets
History of Lockets and the Heart
Lockets have been around for centuries. Originally in the Victorian Era, lockets were given as condolences to those who had lost a loved one. As time passed, the use of lockets expanded. They became wonderfully romantic gifts, and keepsakes, as the lockets were handed down from generation to generation.
Lockets have been made out of every known metal, and come in every shape and size imaginable. Unlike lockets of the Victorian Era which were only engraved with artful designs, our modern day lockets can be personalized as well with the recipient's name or initials, and often a personal message is engraved on the back. Most lockets today are made of sterling silver, 14K yellow gold, 14K white gold, and 18k yellow gold, and it's common also to see lockets that are gold filled. Gold filled lockets are priced similar to sterling silver lockets, but must, by law, have one layer of at least 10K gold that makes up at least 5% of the total weight of the locket.
The most popular locket throughout the centuries has been the heart shaped locket, since it represents someone else’s heart resting on yours.
Although the heart had taken shape centuries before in Rome, the creation of heart shaped lockets didn't become popular until the romantic Victorian era, when lockets were thought to hold a woman's feelings for the one whose photo was encased within.
We hope that you will enjoy looking through each of our beautiful lockets, and find one that you feel is worthy of putting your feelings into.