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If you or a loved one have ever owned a locket, you will agree when we say that it is probably one of the most personal pieces of jewelry that someone can wear. Lockets are very sentimental pieces that can bring happiness or sadness depending on what the locket means to the person wearing it. When most of us think of a locket, we think of a piece of jewelry, a pendant that hangs on a chain, and holds a picture or pictures of those we love. In most cases, that is true and before thephoto age, they actually held small paintings. However, lockets have been used in the past to hold pieces of hair, ashes or other small materials of love ones that have passed away and in ancient times it could have held poison used to kill a rival or someone that wasn’t trusted.
Lockets have been around for hundreds of years and in a lot of families they have been handed down from generation to generation. The people of the Victorian Era however, are the ones that made lockets really popular. The Victorians decorated their lockets, which were either heart shaped or oval, with rubies, emeralds, diamonds and other gemstones. They also were intricately carved or were decorated with other elaborate embellishments. Most lockets were made of either gold or sterling silver. The idea of monogramming them and engraving them did not become popular until much later. Today, the locket is not only still popular among romantic lovers and newlywed couples, but with vintage jewelry collectors who pay top dollar for antique and vintage lockets.
The Gaithersburg Antique & Home Accessories store is closing and Jane Heller Estate Sales has been asked to sell its entire inventory. The shop is located at 5 N Summit in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and has been around for about 15 years. All ticket prices have been reduced and everything including store fixtures must go. Thursday – Sunday, August 20-23, 2009.