The language of love, expressed in lockets: as articulated, for example, by Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901, and her prince consort, Albert. Numerous items of jewellery containing miniature portraits and locks of hair document the “royal love affair”. Another famous locket wearer was Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, from 1853 to 1870 Empress and the last Queen of France. Lockets also possessed a highly private character in earlier times and must be sought out in both the description of paintings and in literature. The artistic miniature pictures inside – the tiny portraits were painted prior to the invention of photography – were personal testaments to love and bonds and consequently remained unmentioned. Locks of hair obtained from loved ones and worn at the breast in reminiscence are also an intimate pledge.