Lockets and medallions belong to the category of pendants. Generally quite old, they often date from the 19th century and were used to keep a photo (or an element) of a loved one. They can be opened in two or even three parts. Indeed, some of them have two photo compartments.

They are found in all shapes: oval, round, heart-shaped. Some are inlaid with hard stone engraved with the owner’s initials, others are simply gold. Most of the time they are inlaid with either small pearls, small stones (rubies, garnets) but can also be enameled. The most common enamels are blue, black. Sometimes these photo holders have hair on them: they are then mourning jewels in which a physical memory of the deceased person is kept.

Photo holders and medallions are nice jewelry to accompany a chain or to keep a memory. Here is Maison Mohs’ selection.


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  • pendentif médaillon en or

    Laurel crown photo locket pendant in 18 karat yellow gold. Sentimental pendant that opens to hold a souvenir under a curved glass. The gold circle is decorated with a laurel crown. Antique French pendant, 1900.

    Eagle head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and goldsmith’s hallmark.

    Height with bezel: 35 mm
    Diameter: 25 mm
    Thickness: 3 mm

    Condition: scratches from use

    Weight: 4.67 gr

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*

  • Médaillon émail suisse en orEnamelled swiss locket pendant

    Enameled Swiss antique locket in 18k gold. Antique opening medallion with enamel decoration on a guilloché background depicting a lamb at the foot of the Cross, bearing the inscription “INRI”, meaning the Latin words Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, i.e. “Jesus the Nazarene King of the Jews”, whom Pilate had placed on the Cross. Jesus, also known as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”, is likened to a sacrificial lamb. The contours of the medallion are decorated with fine half-pearls and black enamel. The reverse of the pendant is decorated with chasing and black enamel forming hearts around a rhombus. The locket can be opened to conceal a photograph. It can be worn either way. Antique opening pendant, circa 1880, Switzerland.

    Height (including setting): 42 mm
    Width: 27 mm
    Depth: 9 mm

    Condition: tiny missing at bottom left, fine scratches

    Weight : 6.68 gr

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*
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  • Antique garnet locket pendant

    Hexagonal Art Nouveau locket pendant in 18-karat (750) rose and yellow gold. Locket pendant opening onto a secret compartment in which a photograph can be placed.  The pendant is decorated with a yellow gold arabesque holding three gems in a stylized manner: two half-pearls and a small garnet.  Antique French medallion, Art Nouveau period, circa 1900, France.

    Eagle’s head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold)

    Height (with bail): 32 mm
    Width: 21mm

    Condition: scratches from use

    Weight: 3.55 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • Pendentif médaillon ancien en or

    Antique enamel locket pendant in 18 karat (750) yellow gold. Antique opening pendant decorated on the front with a central band of two flowers on a honeycomb background. The centre is separated by two bands of blue enamel. The ends are decorated with bands of raised dots. The locket opens into a secret compartment that can hold one or two photographs. The back of the locket is in smooth, unengraved matt gold. Antique photo pendant, circa 1880, France.

    Eagle head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and regional flower hallmark.

    Dimensions: 35 x 25 mm

    Condition: fine scratches from use, without protective glass

    Weight : 6.82 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • Pendentif porte photo en orhexagonal gold pendant medallion

    Hexagonal photo locket pendant in 18 karats gold. This antique locket pendant takes on the shape of a hexagon with a simple, undecorated gold border. The top section, beneath the bale, unscrews to open the pendant, revealing two beveled glasses inside. It can be used to insert a photo or a lock of hair. The pendant contains a miniature depicting a Saint or Saintess adorned with a crown of pink flowers and what appears to be a sword. The flower crown is an attribute of Saint Dorothée or Rosa de Lima, but there’s some uncertainty regarding this iconography. Above the saint’s halo, the word “félicité” (happiness) is discernible. This is an antique pendant from the mid-19th century.

    Owl hallmark

    Dimensions (including bale): 38 mm x 22 mm.

    Condition: Signs of wear, invisible chip on the glass (under the mount). The miniature can be removed.

    Weight: 6.12 gr

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  • camée et son pendentif en or

    Antique necklace cameo pendant in 18 karat yellow and rose gold (750). Necklace featuring a photo medallion centered with an agate cameo of a woman profile with an antique hairstyle. The cameo is surrounded by a finely braided circular gold element, similar to the thick chain. The medallion is in rose gold and opens onto a compartment that can hold a photograph or a lock of hair, protected by glass. The necklace chain resembles a tube of gold braiding, giving it a slight elasticity (like a spring). It closes with a ratchet box concealed in the body of the necklace. The medallion pendant was made by Lucien or Laurent Nicot (active in Paris from 1854 to 1903).

    Eagle head hallmark, rhinoceros hallmark and goldsmith’s hallmarks.

    Chain length: 40 cm

    Medallion dimensions (with setting): 45 mm x 25 mm

    Condition: slight indentation in the link towards the clasp, wear scratches

    Weight : 30.93 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • Mother of pearl reliquary pendantAntique miniature reliquary locket pendant

    Antique reliquary locket pendant in 18k rose gold (750). On one side, the pendant is decorated with a miniature on paper depicting Saint Jerome praying before a cross, with a skull in the foreground. The miniature is protected by a beveled oval glass. The reverse features a chased oval mother-of-pearl plate adorned with a carnelian cabochon on red foil, set in the center of the composition. It forms the heart of Christ, in a radiating motif engraved in the mother-of-pearl. The medallion is decorated with fine chasing on the edge, which opens secretly by unscrewing the ring-like upper part. Antique medallion, probably French, dating from the late 18th century.

    Owl hallmark (later add).

    Dimensions: 43 mm x 25 mm

    Condition: vellum miniature in poor condition, possibly restored or removed. Scratches from use.

    Weight : 12.49 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • Antique flower locket pendantmédaillon deuil fleur

    Victorian flower locket pendant in rose gold 18 karats (750) and silver. Antique locket pendant with an oval shape decorated with a flower in relief, made of silver and gold, set with fine pearls. The leaves are in green enamel. The pendant opens onto a compartment that can hold a photograph protected by a glass. 19th century memento souvenir pendant.

    Eagle head hallmark

    Dimensions (including the clasp) : 45 mm x 25 mm x 5 mm

    Condition : scratches from use

    Weight : 11.06 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • pendentif medaillon art decoMedaillon émail noir diamants

    Art Deco diamond locket in gold 18 karats (750) and platinum. This rare medallion is a photo holder, fully enamelled in black matte on both sides and its bail. It is decorated with a circular pattern in platinum, set with 42 rose-cut diamonds. The medallion opens and can conceal a photograph, which is wedged under a thin glass plate and a gold circle (present inside the medallion). On the two inner faces, the gold has been polished in successive rounds that form a pattern. The clasp of the jewel is decorated with black enamel and set with four rose-cut diamonds. Antique Art Deco pendant, circa 1920, France.

    Eagle head hallmark and goldsmith’s hallmark for Charles Lavogade (active in Paris between 1912 and 1926)

    Diameter : 30 mm
    Dimensions (including the setting) : 42 x 30 mm

    Estimated weight of diamonds : 0,25 carat

    Condition : Minor scratches from use, no lack of enamel

    Weight : 18,7 gr

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*
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  • médaillon ancien Alsace céramique émailléeFrench jewelry Alsatian metal

    Victorian French locket pendant in silver plated. An enamelled ceramic plate adorns the center of the pendant. It represents a woman in traditional regional costume, with her head bowed and her hands crossed, in front of the village church. Her traditional costume let us think that the woman is from Alsace, East of France, because of the large black bow which was worn here at this period.

    Red glass stones surround the figure in a set of filigree. At the back, the locket opens to hide a lock of hair or a photograph of the loved one.

    Height: 4.3 cm

    Width: 3.1 cm

    Condition: slight lack of the enamel on the left side of the ceramic.

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*