In covering fashion for National Jeweler, my e-mail inbox tends to be a revolving door of product images. Going through them, the real treat lies in coming across a product that I can't get my mind off of, something that stands out from the rest, whether for the beauty of its design or the sentiment that it might convey.


This Links of London pendant necklace (left) was that for me today. While I'm not so much one for pavé diamonds, I became captivated after finding out that the pendant holds a "secret chamber" to which the wearer can add small treasures.


The idea of personalized, sentimental pieces has been sticking with me lately, especially as we hear more and more about consumers forgoing non-necessity purchases such as jewelry. I'm certainly in the boat on that one, so lately the pieces I've been eyeing are ones that I can truly call my own and that will hold special meaning for me, like items that feature engravings, and lockets to which I can add photos.


The Links piece rings up at more than $50,000, so it's not much more than my aspirational dream. Plenty of designers though are creating options that are easier on the wallet. Lately I've been checking out tiny charms from Dogeared and vintage lockets from Jill Alberts.



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