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Lockets to Accessorize Your Summer Outfits With

The centuries-old locket gets a modern update.

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Jeffery Westbrook

Lockets have been distinctly personal since becoming popular in the 16th century, but their history is perhaps more colorful than you realized. Though their most common contents were snippets of hair from a loved one, in the 1500s the necklaces could also hold bezoars (small stones from animal stomachs, believed to provide protection to the wearer). Legend has it that one even held the owner’s own amniotic sac!

While filling lockets with body parts has fallen out of favor, streamlined silhouettes and shapes are in vogue. “Antique lockets were typically ornate, often with elaborate hand-engraved patterns. Contemporary lockets are usually simpler in design,” explains Elizabeth Doyle, co-owner of antique and vintage jewelry boutique Doyle & Doyle and a jewelry historian. Today’s quieter designs showcase the beauty of the materials and craftsmanship. Shop some of our favorites below.

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Heart Locket Pendant
Adina's Jewels Nordstrom
$88.00

This heart locket with cubic zirconia star center will add a feminine touch to your look.

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Rectangle Medallion Necklace
Soko shopsoko.com
$88.00

Pair this locket-inspired necklace with shorter gold chains for a cool layered look.

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Eliana Locket Necklace
Jennifer Zeuner nordstrom.com
$231.00

This round locket has a delicate gold vermeil chain that will add a slight shimmer to your look.

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Astro Book
Colette colettejewelry.com
$3,700.00

Make a print of your horoscope and slip it into this astrologically-inspired gold and diamond locket. Susan Miller would be proud. 

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Le Coeur Necklace
Rokus London rokuslondon.com
£175.00

Inspired by filigree sculptures from the Akan heritage, there's nothing else like this gorgeous geometrical locket on the market.

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Heart Locket Necklace
Ben Amun Neiman Marcus
$70.00

Try this heart-shaped locket from Ben Amun for a style that comes in under $100. 

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Illustrated Arbor Eyelet Aromatic Locket
Larkspur & Hawk
$5,100.00

The perforated pattern on this necklace is designed so that you can add a fragrance to the locket that will last all day.

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Boob Locket Necklace
Kat Kim katkimfinejewelry.com
$2,800.00

Lovingly referred to as the "boob locket," 30 percent of proceeds from this necklace are donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Victorian Locket Pendant Necklace
Doyle and Doyle doyledoyle.com
$2,400.00

The lattice pattern and braided motif on this vintage style make this locket super unique. 

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18K Dragonfly Locket
Temple St Clair templestclair.com
$9,500.00

Adorned with pavé diamond dragonflies, there is plenty of room for an inscription in this gorgeous piece. 

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Every Cloud Locket Necklace
JESSIE V E brokenenglishjewelry.com
$6,575.00

With hanging pear-shaped diamonds, this cloud locket will be one of your most standout pieces. 

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The Victorienne
Rondel rondeljewelry.com
$10,225.00

This antique-inspired, Victorian oval locket is perfect for engraving your or a loved one's initials. Take it a step further and add a special hand-engraved message inside. 

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