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The History of the Locket
What is the history of the locket? While all jewelry is personal, the locket is perhaps the most personal of all. Speaking about lockets, British locket enthusiast and collector Sheherazade Goldsmith says: “They’re heirlooms that represent a moment in time … [walking in London] I’d come across engraved silver hearts in Portobello Road antique stalls and wonder about the stories.” Lockets can tell stories - on a grand and an historical scale. Gold lockets, silver lockets, jeweled lockets – these can mean more than the sum of their parts. Such was the case when lockets were worn to express membership in a secret society – an allegiance to a slain monarch in the divided political landscape of Great Britain following the execution of British King Charles I in 1649.