We are quite fond of beautiful locket necklaces here at Hoskings. That’s why we stock the best collections in Australia. These charming pieces are available in a variety of precious metals, ensuring there's something to match everyone's style. You’ll love our sterling silver offerings. And while you’re here, do take a moment to admire our gold variants, including those in stunning rose gold.
The first question in our Lockets FAQs explains that a pendant is a piece of decorative jewellery that’s worn around your neck at the end of a necklace chain. A locket is similar, in that it’s worn in the same way, however a locket is even more charming, because it has a space inside it to store something special.
Back in the 16th century lockets were used to keep good luck charms. Over the centuries, lockets have held treasured tokens like images of our loved ones, pressed flowers, or a romantic note. Hoskings has a wonderful collection of silver lockets, gold lockets and stainless steel lockets. You’ll find round lockets, oval lockets and heart-shaped lockets right here.
At Hoskings, we love that our customers make our jewellery unique to them by wearing pieces exactly as they’d like. So, there are no real rules about the ‘right’ chain length for a locket. However, most people will choose either a 45cm chain/necklace or a 60cm chain/necklace. With a 45cm length chain, the locket usually sits just over or on your collarbone. And with the 60cm chain/necklace, the locket will hang midway between your collar bone and sternum.
There’s no reason why you can’t play around with different length chains and even wear your locket with different necklace lengths for a layered look.
Putting a photo in a locket is a thoughtful way of personalising this treasured piece of jewellery. Here’s a simple guide to help you learn how to put a photo in a locket.
- Many lockets have clear plastic inside which you can remove or measure the internal space in the locket and choose/print a photograph that will fit in the space. You can either use the plastic to make a template or a piece of tracing paper to measure the recess where the photograph will sit.
- Cut and trim the photo to fit the same size as the tracing paper.
- Open the locket and ease the photo in starting at one edge. You might find using a small tool like a toothpick, or tweezers makes this easier.
- If it doesn’t sit right, trim it again so that it fits centred in the locket compartment without creasing.
- Replace the plastic then close the locket securely and enjoy your cherished memories.
Yes, lockets are suitable for children or teenagers! Lockets make thoughtful gifts to mark special occasions such as a christening, naming ceremony, first day of school or holy communion for example. You can read about making sure babies and children wear their lockets safely in our blog post “Baby jewellery guide”. Lockets are often the gift of choice for a milestone birthday, e.g. 13th, 16th and 18th birthdays.
Lockets were first worn as charms to offer protection and good luck. During the 18th century it became fashionable to enclose a lock of hair from a loved one in the locket. Nowadays, lockets are used to carry mementoes such as photos, or even love notes as a special keepsake. And because lockets are worn on chains /necklaces, it signifies keeping that memory close to your heart.
Many people give lockets to their sweet Valentines, or for their Mum on Mother’s Day. Lockets also make wonderful anniversary gifts. Celebrate your 11th anniversary with our stainless-steel lockets. Choose from our silver lockets for the 16th and 25th wedding anniversary. And reward your other half with a beautiful gold locket for your 14th and 50th wedding anniversary. And because diamond is the traditional 60-year wedding anniversary gift, Hoskings has some beautiful diamond lockets that will be perfect for the occasion.