I’ve been on the hunt for unusual and beautiful lockets in the last year, and have curated a stunning collection of Victorian lockets for FrenchGardenHouse that will capture your heart. I focused on finding lockets that can be modern, and styled with other pieces in your jewelry collection. There are so many ways to personalize a locket, I’m sharing how to personalize antique lockets to tell your story today


Each of these antique lockets is a miniature work of art.  I can’t wait to send these one-of-a-kind antique jewelry pieces off to their new owners, to be personalized and treasured.





LOCKET: A small ornamental piece of jewelry consisting of a little case, typically made of gold or silver, that’s worn on a necklace and opens to reveal something of sentimental value, such as a photograph, a lock of hair or another type of memento inside.



Named from the Old French loquet, “door-handle” or “latch,” for the way the covers move on a hinge and close securely, like a little door. In a world where everything seems public, lockets are a personal sanctuary to keep your most valuable photos and mementoes very private.






“The reason antique lockets are so special is because they were created for you carry around someone or something incredibly important to you close to your heart.  Lockets help you remember special celebrations, adventures, “firsts” and memorable travels. A locket is a piece of jewelry that represents your family like no other piece of jewelry can.” -Lidy Baars



Lockets cross all generations – young girls wear them with their favorite quote inside, moms wear tiny little photos of their babies in theirs, and grandmothers keep a treasured scrap of a love letter written to them.



There is really no limit to what can be put in a locket.  Lockets can be personalized to represent the people, times, and places we never want to forget.








To create a memorable, personal and one-of-a-kind statement necklace, these suggestions are just what you have been searching for!




How to personalize antique lockets to tell your story.



This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’m talking about more than the “perfect” photo here. It could be a slightly fuzzy photo you snapped on your phone, it may not be perfect. But if it is important to your heart, it’s the right one for your locket.

Photos are emotional, not logical. These days we’re all bombarded with images, snapped on our phone, we go through them and discard willy nilly.  But once in a while, a shot stops you in your tracks. It represents a moment in your history that you loved. A little snapshot of your heart and what matters to you. Print it out, and put it into your locket and you will be able to grab hold of that emotion whenever you look at it.

While we still can’t travel back in time, your small image of that time will instantly transport you back there. With all the feelings and joy of that day, week, or year.



Lockets aren’t just for photos. Fill your locket with a sweet note from someone you love.  Many times I find antique lockets with a tiny snippet of someone’s letter inside, from long ago. Worn close to the heart, these samples of writing {almost a lost art today!} of someone you love are so meaningful.

What other written things can you put in your locket? An inspiring quote you love. Lyrics from “your song.”  Your word for the year. Your list of goals that you want to accomplish this year. There is enough room for little scraps of paper in most lockets, so think what will fill your heart when you open your locket.



Many of our FrenchGardenHouse clients add other things to their lockets. A snip of baby fine hair. Sand, from the beach where they went on their honeymoon. A snippet of their wedding veil or a piece of lace from the dress.

A client wears two antique lockets she bought from us, each one holds a tiny, miniature print of her children’s handprints from when they were babies. How sweet is that? Another client makes small watercolor paintings of her fur babies for her lockets, so that they will remain near her heart even when they are no longer with her.



You can customize your locket on the outside too. I’ve often said that we are blessed, you and I, because we have the beautiful craftsmanship of Victorian jewelry, but none of the r u l e s.  You can add charms to the chain, one or many, to make your antique locket more modern.  This makes your locket completely personal, and a one-of-a-kind statement piece of jewelry.



Another easy way you can up your fashion quotient with your lockets is to layer them. Either together, or with other chains. You can change things up, wear one, two or three. This really makes your antique locket necklace look modern.


The fashion runways in Paris and Milan for Spring 2020 featured a strong take on vintage and antique jewelry, lockets featured in a big way!





There are so many ways to personalize your lockets.  Consider putting a photo of someone who brings you encouragement and strength in your locket. An attorney client puts special pictures of her family in her locket when she is facing difficult negotiations. She feels comforted wearing a symbol of what matters most to her and says it helps her focus on what is important and what is not.






You can change what you put in your locket!  Don’t think once you put the photo or note in there, it has to be forever.  Over the years I’ve changed up what is inside the antique lockets in my own jewelry collection.

Pictures of my girls as children, a photo of them and their husbands, pictures of friends who passed away. Quotes that meant something to me. The first little note my first grandchild wrote me {a printed out copy I shrunk into a small size.}

You can add memories of trips you take, a photo of your childhood home, whatever is meaningful to YOU. There are so many ways to tell your own story with an antique locket. As you change and evolve, so can what is inside your lockets!



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