Lockets, just as the name implies are aesthetic locks with hollows which are used to store small portraits of photograph, or other valuable and precious items. They were generally given as gifts to loved ones during special occasions like on Valentine’s Day, weddings, and sometimes funerals. However, in recent times, lockets have had several functions, and one of such is in jewelry making.
Lockets given in funerals are known as mourning lockets. They are given as gifts to those mourning to store either the photo of the deceased, or a treasured possession of the deceased, for instance, a piece of a valued clothing or a hair strand of the deceased. Keeping mourning lockets had and still have a way of comforting the loved ones left behind, as they believe that maintaining a vital information or property of the dead keeps them close. Thus, enabling them to remember more often the deceased.
Lockets are now often used as pendants on necklaces, and bracelets which holds the portraits of a loved one, especially the one who has gifted the locket. They are made into several shapes; round lockets, heart shaped lockets, and triangular shaped lockets, made of gold, silver, and other valuable metals, and worn as rings or as brooches.
The heart shaped lockets are the most fashionable lockets today, when used as pendants on gold chains or silver chains they rest charmingly on the bust line or collar bone of the wearer, depending on the length of the chain. Most times, the lockets are not sold together with the chain, you either buy a chain with the same color and material like the locket, or you invest in an opposite color just to add a little bit of variety to it.
There are factors that you should consider when shopping for lockets, the most important is the weight of the locket. A long and strong chain will be fitting enough for a heavy locket, this will reduce the weight on the neckline and ensure it is distributed equally along the entire length.
One thing you should consider is your comfort, if you decide to settle with a shorter chain for your locket, then make sure you consider the weight. A chain of 16 o 20 inches long will settle on the collar bone, a 24 inch chain bearing a locket will extend below the collar bone, and sit on the bust line or a little above it. Lockets always fit nicely with most outfits, and studying how to mix it with several colors is the way to go.