Object Lesson: Heart to Heart

by Christina Therrien
Old-school lockets were originally intended to keep loved ones like moms and grandkids close to the heart. But the new school of locket lovers are giving these vintage charms new distinction. We've spotted both guys and girls sporting them lately, and inside have been snaps of favorite rock stars (Johnny Cash, Neil Young), BFFs, and, in the case of our style director's friend Michael, a cherished pair of felines.
Mining an old cameo locket from an auntie's jewelry box worked for us, but if you haven't your own family heirloom, consider someone else's. We recently fell in love with a vintage silver locket at Saved, its former owner's initials engraved on the front. A gorgeous gold locket from Bing Bang is another safe, sweet place to keep your secret (or not-so-secret) crush underwraps. And for keeping the whole clan close by? Go for Tom Binns' sterling-silver locket necklace. The $3,000 price tag might feel a tad steep, but with more than 20 heart-shaped places to stash your friends and family, consider it a major savings on airfare.
Clockwise, from top left: Gold locket charm necklace, $390, by Bing Bang, available at Bird, 220 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-797-3774; antique sterling-silver locket, $300, available at Saved, 82 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-5990; sterling-silver oxidized multi-locket necklace, $3,000, by Tom Binns, available in New York, by special order, at Paul Smith, and in Los Angeles, at Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Avenue, 310-274-8800.
Profess your love—and good style—with a picture-perfect locket.

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