The centerpiece of the new Heavenly Vices Lock Stories Collection is a 14k, three-sided combination lock on an 18″ belcher chain with each side of the lock representing the same sentiment in a different language – the Roman alphabet, Victorian symbols, and Braille (which was also created during the Victorian era). When the letters and symbols are lined up to reveal the secret message, the lock will open; the secret messages scrambled secure the lock on the wearer’s neck.
This is the third of our locks – MAMA – which has four symbols of items traditionally representative of motherhood. Inspired by our vast collection of love tokens, incorporating symbols on the lock and then to other traditional symbols used in the Victorian era and ended up with a swallow, compass, acorn and moon.
Swallow – Widely used in jewelry in the Victorian era, Swallows were symbols of everlasting love and faithfulness, something the luckiest of us receive from our moms.
Compass – Much like our Mamas, compasses can always be relied on to help us navigate our way when we are lost, no matter where we are.