With just two weeks until Mother’s Day, I need to get serious about finding the perfect gift for my own mom. And I’d better start dropping hints like crazy if I’m hoping for something extra-special like one of these beautiful and timeless lockets that I can wear close to my heart.

We found 6 of the prettiest lockets — so sweet and heartfelt, it might be hard to choose a favorite. But pay attention to lead times for ordering and delivery. If you think you may be cutting things too close, message the jeweler directly to see if they can get your gift here in time. After all, we don’t want to keep mama waiting.

Related: Affordable personalized keepsake jewelry for moms and grandmas: 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother's Day gift idea: Luna & Stella vintage lockets

The beautifully unique vintage lockets at Luna & Stella, all made in Southeastern Massachusetts between 1880 and 1940, make a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind gift, especially when paired with one of their charm necklaces. We love them so much, they’re even featured in our Mother’s Day gift guide this year. I love that these pieces come from another era but have been so beautifully refurbished to feel like they were made just for you. Styles are very limited and may be sold out, but keep checking the site for new options.


Mother's Day gift idea: Reclaimed gold handmade locket from Bianca Monrós Gómez
The classic locket necklace by Bianca Monrós Gómez is delicately sized for someone who likes understated jewelry. Handmade in NYC of 14k reclaimed gold, this special piece of jewelry is engraved with a single letter on the front. I think this necklace looks especially pretty when layered with another one of similar size as you’ll see on the site. Typical lead-time is between 2–3 weeks, so please email the jeweler to see if they can expedite this piece.


Mother's Day gift idea: People and Places Locket from Julian & Co.

Julian and Co.’s lockets has been a long-time favorite of ours, and their People and Places of the Heart locket is one of the best. I love the inclusion of the longitude and latitude coordinates for marking a special location, as well as the initials along the top for those special people in a mom’s life. A tiny 14k gold heart in the middle ups the sweetness factor of this custom piece. But, hurry — the last day to order for Mother’s Day is Sunday, April 24.


Mother's Day gift idea: Two-piece peek-a-boo locket from The Vintage Pearl

Different from the traditional hinge-closing lockets, The Vintage Pearl’s two-piece locket doesn’t snap shut so you get glimpses of a favorite photo as it moves. Another Mother’s Day gift guide picke, this piece can be cast in either fine pewter or sterling silver and includes a special message, or names and dates hand-stamped on the back.


Mother's Day gift idea: Merci Maman photo lockets with personalization

For our readers in the UK, or if you won’t be seeing your mama until later in the month, the pretty heart-shaped locket from Merci Maman is perfect for holding two separate photos inside. Made of sterling silver or 18k gold plated, you can have both the front and back of the locket engraved, change the length of the chain, and even add a mini charm to your finished piece. We’re sorry, but this item is no longer available.


Mother's Day gift idea: With You Mimi locket necklace in rose gold

I love the rose-gold color and delicate pattern of With You’s Mimi locket necklace (also shown at top). Send the designers two images to be added to the front and back of the middle panel, which will show through the peek-a-boo front panel. And with your purchase of this necklace, 10% of the sales will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. That’s a whole lot to love about this pay-it-forward piece.

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