A Romantic Milestone Locket
This meaningful project took one whole year before it was finally completed, from conceptualizing and amending the design numerous times, conversations with the craftsmen to improve and make it happen, sourcing all gemstones and finally, here it is, in perfect timing.
I have always loved the idea of lockets, and especially love antique ones. It can hold a photograph of your loved ones within, so wherever you go, you carry them close to your heart. It is a very personal item, something owners hold dear. As a gift to myself, I decided that I would have one made with a beautiful piece of Type A Burmese lavender jadeite I had sourced mid-last year as the focal gem. I wanted to set jade in a completely new way.
As a lover of antique jewelry, enamel has always fascinated me too. To add a little contrast to the piece, I chose to enamel the frame of the crystal window at the back of the locket, a navy hue.
Little details to represent my husband and son, in starburst etches on the sides, are set with precious ruby and sapphire.
But the front of the locket puts a big smile on my face, consisting of a soft graduation of my favorite color, pink, purple and silver spinel. Set in 18K solid rose gold.
This locket was truly a labor of love, and I am thrilled with how it turned out. Without my jeweler and his team of expert craftsmen, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill my dream. It is one thing to dream up a design, but another to have it materialize so beautifully and perfectly, to highest fine jewelry standards.