Jewellery is obviously chosen for its beauty and quality but, if it’s also in some way symbolic, this adds a delightful and personalised dimension. Selecting a piece that means something, is representative of an aspect of the wearer’s personality, or is emblematic of an individual’s aspiration, makes it extra special.
Historically, lockets have contained miniature portraits of a loved one, or even a lock of their hair. They have also been known to house other tiny sentimental objects, such as handwritten love notes. It wasn’t unusual for antique lockets to encase pieces of scented fabric, nor was it unheard of for a Victorian locket to contain funeral ashes of the deceased loved one.
With the UK set to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on 19 May, all eyes will be on the bride. Blushing or not she will surely sparkle. Her bridesmaids will be in the spotlight too of course and we can all but wonder what beautiful thank you gifts they’ll receive.
Advertising in every element of our lives is more prominent than ever before, and jewellery is no exception. With a focus on clean, crisp and simple adverts, it's interesting to see just how much our taste when it comes to the advertisement and the design of jewellery has changed.
Who hasn't heard that iconic phrase, 'diamonds are forever'? Whether for investment or for luxury, diamonds have been a consistent purchase for those who can afford them since they were first discovered, and people have had a fascination with these beautiful, polished stones ever since.