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The Absolute Best Lockets For Valentine’s Day


It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day—especially when it comes to picking out that perfect piece of jewelry for your special someone that combines both beauty and meaning. And what jewelry design is more associated with romance than the locket? Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best of them—ranging from classic to interpretative—exclusively for the holiday.

Tiffany & Co. sterling silver heart locket pendant
Heart locket pendant in sterling silver (16-inch chain sold separately), $825; Tiffany & Co.

For the traditionalist, Tiffany & Co.’s delicate, timeless sterling silver heart locket is a foolproof gift.

Renna Open Heart locket
Open Heart locket in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and pearl (also shown at top), $1,950; Renna

Inspired by the natural elements of Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Renna’s Open Heart locket incorporates whimsical notions of the seaside—a hidden pearl that only the wearer knows of, two seahorses kissing to form a heart—that translate to utterly romantic.

Faberge ​​Heritage Year of the Dog locket
​​Heritage Year of the Dog locket in 18k yellow gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds and red guilloché enamel, $10,500; Fabergé

Part of Fabergé’s Heritage collection of Chinese New Year–inspired pieces that also pay homage to the house’s historical designs, this locket features a hidden surprise: a golden dog. While perfect for anyone born during the Year of the Dog, this piece (and others incorporating animals such as horses, monkeys, rabbits, and more) is also a great way to honor your favorite pet.

Monica Rich Kosann rectangular black ceramic, 18k yellow gold diamond locket necklace
Rectangular locket in black ceramic, 18k yellow gold, and 0.08 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,950; Monica Rich Kosann 

An art deco interpretation, Monica Rich Kosann’s rectangular black ceramic necklace is a discreet way to frame photos while looking more like a straightforward piece of fine jewelry than a functional locket.

Fox & Bond Victorian locket
Locket in 18k gold with Victorian coral, emerald, enamel, $8,995; Fox & Bond 

There are few things more romantic than a piece of antique jewelry. This particular locket from Fox & Bond, created during the mid- to late-Victorian era, showcases a gorgeous shade of aged gold that complements the vibrant design of coral, emerald, and white enamel.

Sorrelina yellow gold diamonds lapis locket
Locket in 18k yellow gold with 0.29 ct. t.w. diamonds and 13 cts. t.w. lapis lazuli, $4,850; Sorellina

Having different interpretations, the combination of a crescent moon and stars can represent the coming together of love and fertility (the moon), and guidance and protection (the stars). However you choose to look at it, Sorellina’s locket is a piece with purpose.

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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