A late 17th-century locket, depicting the head of King Charles I (reigned 1625–1649)

Pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item such as a lock of hair.

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Fastener that joins two pieces of fabric together by slipping through a loop or by sliding through a buttonhole.

Brass buttons from the uniform of a Danish World War I artillery lieutenant
Modern buttons made from vegetable ivory
Spanish button from ca. 1650-1675 (about 12 mm).
Button stamping machine, Henri Jamorski Button Factory, Paris, France, 1919
Three plastic sew-through buttons (left) and one shank, fabric-covered button (right)
Shirt studs
Plastic studs for bedclothes
Peter Carl Fabergé buttons in the Cleveland Museum of Art

Also making use of the storage possibilities of metal buttons, during the World Wars, British and U.S. military locket buttons were made, containing miniature working compasses.


Loose-hanging piece of jewellery, generally attached by a small loop to a necklace, which may be known as a "pendant necklace".

Amber pendants
Pushpaka Thali - Wedding pendant used by Pushpaka Brahmins of Kerala, India
Wedding pendant with 21 beads used by Saint Thomas Christians of India
Spanish pendant at Victoria and Albert Museum.
Indonesian pendants
Carved agarwood imperial pendant, Qing dynasty, China. Adilnor Collection, Sweden.
Traveller's sundial pendant (a portable form of astronomical rings) used to tell time from the sun.

The many specialized types of pendants include lockets which open, often to reveal an image, and pendilia, which hang from larger objects of metalwork.

Portrait miniature

Miniature portrait painting, usually executed in gouache, watercolor, or enamel.

Miniature portrait of an unidentified man, by Nicholas Hilliard, 1572.
A display case with 18th-century portrait miniatures at the National Museum in Warsaw.
Jean Fouquet, self-portrait (1450). The earliest portrait miniature, and possibly the earliest formal self-portrait.
Portrait Miniature of Margaret Roper by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1535–36
Christian Horneman's miniature portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1802).
Miniature self-portrait, by Louis-Marie Autissier. In the foreground, the artist's pencils, brushes, and tools for painting miniatures can be seen. Watercolour on ivory, 19.1 × 13.5 cm (7.52 × 5.31 in), 1817, Nationalmuseum.
Miniature of George Washington by Robert Field (1800)
Example of portrait with several costume overlays are available online via the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

As small in size as 40 mm × 30 mm, portrait miniatures were often fitted into lockets, inside watch-covers or pieces of jewellery so that they could be carried on the person.

Christiaan Huygens

Dutch mathematician, physicist, astronomer and inventor, who is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and a major figure in the scientific revolution.

Huygens by Caspar Netscher (1671), Museum Boerhaave, Leiden
Portrait of Huygens's father (centre) and his five children (Christiaan at right). Mauritshuis, The Hague.
A picture of a hanging chain (catenary) in a manuscript of Huygens.
Christiaan Huygens, relief by Jean-Jacques Clérion (c. 1670).
Huygens, right of centre, from L'établissement de l'Académie des Sciences et fondation de l'observatoire, 1666 by Henri Testelin (c. 1675).
Huygens's first publication was in the field of quadrature.
Hofwijck, Christiaan Huygens's home from 1688.
Depiction from Huygens, Oeuvres Complètes: a boating metaphor underlay the way of thinking about relative motion, and so simplifying the theory of colliding bodies.
Spring-driven pendulum clock, designed by Huygens and built by Salomon Coster (1657), with a copy of the Horologium Oscillatorium (1673), at Museum Boerhaave, Leiden.
Diagram showing the evolute of a curve.
Drawing of a balance spring invented by Huygens.
Refraction of a plane wave, explained using Huygens's principle as shown in Traité de la Lumière (1690).
Huygens's explanation for the aspects of Saturn, Systema Saturnium (1659).
Huygens's aerial telescope from Astroscopia Compendiaria tubi optici molimine liberata (1684).
Portrait of Christiaan Huygens by Bernard Vaillant (1686).
Hofwijck, Christiaan Huygens's home from 1688.
Huygens's aerial telescope from Astroscopia Compendiaria tubi optici molimine liberata (1684).

1679 – Medaillon portrait in relief by the French sculptor Jean-Jacques Clérion

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

2000 animated direct-to-video musical fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, and the second installment in The Little Mermaid trilogy.

DVD cover

Ariel's father King Triton presents Melody with a magic locket.

The Cat o' Nine Tails

1971 giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento, adapted from a story by Dardano Sacchetti, Luigi Cozzi, and an uncredited Bryan Edgar Wallace.

Italian theatrical release poster

Meanwhile, Franco and Lori meet with Bianca, who provides no additional information, but Lori remarks to Franco that Bianca was nervously fingering a locket as she spoke.

William Desmond Taylor

Anglo-Irish-American film director and actor.

Taylor in 1917
Taylor (left) directing May McAvoy in the silent film Top of New York (1921), several months before his death
Taylor in a 1920 photograph addressed to actress Mary Miles Minter
Henry Peavey
Mabel Normand
Mary Miles Minter
Charlotte Shelby
Margaret Gibson
Poster for How Could You, Jean? starring Mary Pickford (1918)

In Taylor's pockets, investigators found a wallet holding US$78 in cash (modern day $), a silver cigarette case, a Waltham pocket watch, a pen knife, and a locket bearing a photograph of actress Mabel Normand.

Tower of Terror (1997 film)

1997 American made-for-television supernatural horror film written and directed by D. J. MacHale.

VHS cover

Buzzy realizes that finding the personal effects of the guests (a lock of Sally's hair, Ms. Partridge's handkerchief, Dewey's spare bell-boy hat, Gilbert's Oxford spectacles, and Carolyn's locket) and repairing the elevator has given Abigail the means to complete the curse.


Expression of an experience that is the consequence of an event in life involving loss, causing grief, occurring as a result of someone's death, specifically someone who was loved although loss from death is not exclusively the cause of all experience of grief.

Girl in a mourning dress holding a framed photograph of her father, who presumably died during the American Civil War.
Egyptian women in a sorrowful gesture of mourning.
Japanese funeral arrangement.
Catherine de' Medici as widow, c. 1560s
Mary, Queen of Scots, in deuil blanc c. 1559 following the deaths of her father-in-law, mother, and first husband Francis II of France.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands wearing white mourning after the death of husband in 1934.
Advertisement for Victorian mourning garb
Mourning jewelry
Queen Victoria with the five surviving children of her daughter, Princess Alice, dressed in mourning clothing for their mother and their sister Princess Marie in early 1879.
The five daughters of Prince Albert wore black dresses and posed for a portrait with his statue following his death in 1861.
Mourning dress, c. 1867, Museum of Funeral Customs
Poor orphans depicted wearing a makeshift black armband to mourn for their mother (Work by F.M. Brown), 1865
Queen Paola of Belgium in "grand deuil"
Thailand national flag flown at half mast at a high school in Bangkok during the state mourning of the King Bhumibol
A mourning ritual of the Mingrelians in Georgia, c. 1884.
Maria Luisa, Queen of Spain lying in state, by Sebastián Muñoz, 1689, displays the full panoply of lying in state
This 1860 woodcut by Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld depicts the death of Bathsheba's first child with David, who lamented, "I shall go to him, but he will not return to me"
Female mourners at the reburial of newly identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.
A woman mourning the death of her husband, Prague, 1772

The wealthy would wear cameos or lockets designed to hold a lock of the deceased's hair or some similar relic.

Culture of ancient Rome

The culture of ancient Rome existed throughout the almost 1200-year history of the civilization of Ancient Rome.

Wall painting (1st century AD) from Pompeii depicting a multigenerational banquet
A late Republican banquet scene in a fresco from Herculaneum, Italy, c. 50 BC; the woman wears a transparent silk gown while the man to the left raises a rhyton drinking vessel
A fresco portrait of a man holding a papyrus roll, Pompeii, Italy, 1st century AD
Fresco of a seated woman from Stabiae, 1st century AD
Toga-clad statue, restored with the head of the emperor Nerva
Eggs, thrushes, napkin, and vessels (wall painting from the House of Julia Felix, Pompeii)
Roman portraiture fresco of a young man with a papyrus scroll, from Herculaneum, 1st century AD
Fragmentary military diploma from Carnuntum; Latin was the language of the military throughout the Empire
Mosaic depicting a theatrical troupe preparing for a performance
A bust of Cicero, Capitoline Museums, Rome
The so-called Primavera of Stabiae, perhaps the goddess Flora
Musicians playing a Roman tuba, a water organ (hydraulis), and a pair of cornua, detail from the Zliten mosaic, 2nd century AD
The Colosseum in Rome
Circus Maximus, a mass entertainment venue located in Rome
A fresco from Herculaneum depicting Heracles and Achelous from Greco-Roman mythology, 1st century CE
Marble relief of Mithras slaying the bull (2nd century, Louvre-Lens); Mithraism was among the most widespread mystery religions of the Roman Empire.
Head of Constantine the Great, part of a colossal statue. Bronze, 4th century, Musei Capitolini, Rome.
Plato's Academy mosaic from Pompeii

The bulla was a locket-like amulet worn by children.