A modern approach to the era-spanning idea of a keepsake locket
What is a Loquet?
A personal talisman,
A joyful secret,
A bottled feeling,
A miniature memoir,
A moment suspended,
A memory cherished,
A milestone marked.
A modern approach to the era-spanning idea of a keepsake locket, Loquet is a London-based, fine jewellery concept, founded by Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey.
Each Loquet tells a story. The clear sapphire crystal face, encased in solid gold, is designed to open and be personalised with collectable handmade charms and birthstones. From a lucky horseshoe, a gold initial, a June pearl or a diamond-studded shooting star, every Loquet is a bespoke gift, a precious memento, a love letter coded in charms.
In addition to necklace lockets, Loquet has introduced ring, bracelet and earring collections that evoke the playful spirit of the brand. Loquet also offers a truly custom service in the Bespoke Room, allowing you the opportunity to create entirely unique pieces. Ever-changing or never-changing, you can collect and add charms to your Loquet as you celebrate new personal life milestones.
Today, Loquet is sold worldwide by some of the very finest international jewellery specialists, including Selfridges London, Net-a-Porter, Broken English New York and Los Angeles, White Bird Paris, Lane Crawford Hong Kong and Goop USA.
It Began as a conversation between friends
I’d been given a perspex pendant from my son and wore it all the time. It had some tiny dried flowers enclosed inside and, enamoured with it, I started wondering at its possibilities. Soon after, at Laura’s house, chatting about favourite vintage pieces, memories became conversations, that turned into planning, followed by a course in jewellery design at the Central Saint Martins. With no experience in production I enlisted the advice of my uncle, a jeweller himself, who I’d often assisted as a teenager in Grays Antiques Market in London, and together we took a trip across the world to see if the locket we dreamt up could be achieved.
Much time, persistence, sampling and responsible-sourcing followed
—securing the ethical origins of all elements of each Loquet was paramount to our process. Finally, the first Loquet was born—elegant, fine and yet resilient. Its innovative side opening became a cue for the name: meaning a simple door fastening in French.
Loquet started as a conversation and continues as such. It's a cross-generational creative collaboration between friends and lovers, artists and children. Each Loquet is one-of-a-kind, like all the best love stories. A piece to last forever, and be handed on.
I wear my loquet everyday, it has my children’s birthstones, a rainbow to make me smile and a tiny piece of quartz I found at the top of a mountain in Alaska. I’m never without it as it makes me feel close to the people I love and those memories that make me smile.
“Every single charm is inspired by our experience or our travels. It's something we've seen or stumbled upon”
“The locket I return to , although I love to try new styles, and mix and layer my jewellery, is my first; a medium yellow gold heart, with my kids’ initials and birthstones, and a moon and shooting star. For me, it symbolises love and family, and stories to cherish.. Sometimes I hang a small round locket with just a single ruby on the same chain. My locket is always unique to me, and will evolve with time, and adventures.”
CHANTAL CONRAD FOR LOQUET LONDON
“The collaboration with Loquet London seemed like the obvious choice. I have always loved the originality that lies behind Loquet's concept of personalised storytelling and their creative playfulness.”
London based Chantal Conrad has been an internationally acclaimed jeweller and designer for the past 25 years. She learned her craft whilst living and working with jewellers in New Mexico. After studying at the Gemological Institute of America, she returned to London, selling her own collections worldwide. Following a focus on private commissions and family life, a collaboration was the natural next step.
“A few years back, my husband gave me a victorian church charm and I was utterly enthralled to find some marriage vows romantically written and magnified on a tiny hidden lens inside the charm. I set out to create a collection with the same sense of wonderment I had felt. This is the world of Lumiere. Each pendant is designed around a discreet miniature handcrafted lens that when held up to the light reveals a personalised message. Lumiere alludes to the romance and secrets of letter writing. A keepsake that can be passed down through generations. Read over and over.”
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