Key Keepsakes and Jewellery
Why are keys such a popular jewellery design? Key shaped pendants or keepsakes have traditionally been given to celebrate the "coming of age"; the transition into adulthood. In the past the symbolic key represented the fact that the Birthday Boy or Girl was finally a grown-up member of the household with their own key to the door so they could come and go as they pleased.
Remember the catchy ditty; "21 today, 21 today. You've got the key to the door, never been 21 before"?
These days, keys are given for both twenty-first and eighteenth birthdays, but they are also given for other occasions. In fact, there are so many reasons to give a meaningful key gift perhaps we should say "Key-psakes"? Keys can symbolise the future, a new home or adventure, an opened heart, a kept secret and more with the following key meanings:
- A key to the door
- The key to my heart
- The key to your future
- The key to happiness
- The key to the city
- The key to success
- A key stage in life
- A key person in the team
- A key to a secret
A key can be given to another to celebrate a milestone, or chosen by the wearer in recognition of an opening door and worn at any age or stage. Keys can be miniature versions of real keys or personalised with names, initials and numbers.
While the shape of actual keys may have changed over the years, traditionally shaped key in sterling silver or solid gold remain the favoured style for jewellery and are well loved, timeless jewellery pieces.
Whichever style you choose, your Giddy Aunts wish you an extra special key to unlock the stories of your life!
03 November 2016
10 September 2018