One of my most prized possessions is a solid 18k heart locket that I had engraved with three little stars over 10 years ago. There was a period, several years ago, when I had it stored away in a jewelry box, nearly forgotten about. That was, until I became a mom. Today, the locket holds photos of my two babies and has taken on immense sentimental value. It's a piece I wear frequently and never travel without. Although I bought it new, I know that it will eventually become a family heirloom - a treasured memento of the past that will be passed down to future generations. Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite locket collectors and designers . . . you know, a little something for everyone.
Rhode Island based Luna & Stella curates the most stunning collection of antique lockets, mostly from the Victorian Era and dating as far back as 1880. Each piece is unique and one of a kind, so it's definitely worth checking back to find that piece that speaks to you most. Luna & Stella is also offering a new feature where customers can send in their own photos, which they will scale, print and insert into a locket of choice. So sweet! Be sure to also check out some of my favorite treasure hunters - they'll occasionally have an extraordinary antique heirloom in their repertoire!
Ariel Gordon recently collaborated with blogger Taylor Sterling to design a capsule locket collection inspired by their mutual love of antique and vintage jewelry. Each of the solid 14k gold Lumière lockets are embellished with scallops, modeled off of vintage engine-turned jewelry, and hand engraved with a personalized message, name or monogram. They're incredibly sweet and feminine, while still beautifully understated and very, very layerable.
Designer Monica Rich Kosann has been designing her signature 18k gold and sterling silver lockets for over a decade, with the belief that every woman has a story to tell. Her lockets are designed down to the finest detail, with every moving part and hinge meant to last a lifetime - if not, multiple generations. I'm loving her latest collection, with gold lockets suspended on edgy, black steel chains.