The locket is believed to have evolved from the practice of wearing amulets, gaining popularity in the 16th century when rings or pendants held charms or squares of perfumed cloth. By the Victorian era, people started keeping locks of hair or miniature portraits of loved ones within its compartments. Today, Loquet London has reimagined this classic into a definitively modern must-have collection of pendants, rings, earrings, and charm bracelets with gold framed round or heart-shaped crystal receptacles into which one can keep personalized collectible (even bespoke) charms from birthstones, star signs, and initials to diamond studded hearts, lucky four leaf clovers, and rainbows, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Noted environmentalist Sheherazade Goldsmith and model Laura Bailey deliberately conceived Loquet to go beyond storing secrets and memories, imbuing their pieces with a greater sense of significance and personality for emotional resonance and a dynamic way to tell stories, appropriate really, given the former’s first name. With help from acclaimed jeweler Michael Ventura, Ms. Goldsmith worked on the technical aspects of the sealing mechanism and the crafting of durable and waterproof crystal casings, eventually trekking continents to find skilled artisans to produce lockets in varying sizes in 9 to 18 karat gold. Misses Goldsmith and Bailey recommend about five of the imaginatively designed and beautifully wrought charms for the smaller lockets and ten for the larger versions. The versatility with which one can conveniently mix and interchange the charms ensures that no two lockets are ever exactly the same. There are also charm bracelets that function similarly or those that may be strung traditionally with oversize charms.
In 2015, Loquet became the subject of a 90-second video short by Academy Award winning director Alfonso Cuarón, who, for the purpose of full disclosure is Ms. Goldsmith’s partner. The video began as an innocuous dinner conversation between the filmmaker and Misses Goldsmith and Bailey. Mr. Cuarón struck on a notion of visualizing the brand in rhythmic tandem with the clapping music of musician Steve Reich. Constructed, according to the director, as a Rubik’s Cube, framed images of women clapping (and one playing a guitar) cuts in a fever pitch to capture a joyful community and a moment that celebrates the very heart that lies within each Loquet.
Images courtesy of Loquet London – Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey photography Nick Haddow/ Collection pieces photography by Benedict Morgan