WHEN LILY BLANCHE designer Gillian Crawford wanted to create a really special family locket of heirloom quality, she drew on the past – both her degree in archaeology from Edinburgh University and her family heritage.
“Family Is Everything”
“Family is everything to me and as my children grew up and flew the nest, keeping them close to my heart in a really tangible way became incredibly important,” Gillian says. “In a fast-paced, throwaway culture, where people often don’t take time to cherish memories, we can forget how incredibly important a photograph can be in taking us back to that moment in time. Photographs are so ubiquitous now that we need a new way of making them special and cherished.
“We understood this better in the past, when lockets were both a reminder and a comfort – a way of treasuring precious memories.
“We Want Our Lockets To Surprise And Delight”
“With the exception of an engagement ring, a locket is the most romantic piece of jewellery. Because of this, lockets are my favourite pieces to create. We want our lockets to surprise and delight the women who wear them.”
At the Lily Blanche studio, there is rarely a single inspiration for a piece of jewellery. Ideas come together, often in unexpected ways. But running through all of the Lily Blanche collections are the themes of sentiment and meaning, of celebrating life and expressing love. The team loves designing and creating pieces with hidden secrets.
“At the heart of the Memory Keeper Locket is the idea of family, of keeping them close, and of treasuring precious memories,” Gillian says. “But I also wanted the Memory Keeper Locket to be something that is passed on from mother to daughter, aunt to niece or godmother to goddaughter. The quality and craftsmanship was really important to me.
“Jewellery Connects Us With The Past In An Intiate Way”
“Jewellery connects us with the past in such an individual and intimate way. Inheriting jewellery is such a humbling thing. A piece can be worn every day by women of different generations. It can take on the patina of the life of the wearer. It will be smoothed and worn to fit them. When it comes down the generations to you, it is already pre-loaded with sentiment and meaning. That was the emotion, I wanted to invoke with the Memory Keeper Locket”.
The Lily Blanche Memory Keeper Lockets are made in small batches and take weeks to complete. The Lockets are made of sterling silver and the gold and rose gold versions are combined with 18 carat gold in a traditional technique which dates back to 18th century France known as vermeil. You can read more about this on our website where you can also learn how to insert the photographs.
Each Memory Keeper Locket uses seven times as much solid silver as it takes to make a Tiffany Atlas silver pendant. After the Memory Keeper Lockets are given a final polish, they are sent to the Edinburgh Assay Office for hallmarking. A hallmark is a guarantee of the quality and authenticity of the piece. The Memory Keeper Locket is often bought to mark a special occasion – a birthday, anniversary, wedding or the arrival of a new member of the family.
” Judy Tweeted That The Memory Keeper Locket Was Her Favourite Piece”
“We were delighted when we discovered Judy Murray, the tennis coach and Strictly star had bought the Memory Keeper Locket and worn it to Wimbledon to watch her sons Andy & Jamie become champions,” says Gillian. “We were even more thrilled when Judy tweeted that the Memory Keeper Locket was her favourite piece of jewellery.
“Every customer is special. Our Memory Keeper Lockets are our bestsellers and we get to hear such amazing stories. Some are heart-breaking; others are joyful but all are really personal and precious. We feel humbled when a customer shares the story of their Memory Keeper and what it means to them.
“They Are Precious Symbols of Life, Love and Memories”
“Our jewellery is not for everyone. We are not interested in mass-producing these lockets. We want them to remain special and we want people to feel special when they wear a Lily Blanche piece. They are precious symbols of love, life, and memories. As a result, we have built some lovely relationships with our customers, many of whom have become collectors of Lily Blanche”.
We love it when people share photos of their Memory Keeper Lockets with us. You can see what our customers are saying about the Memory Keeper below and you can read over 100 five star reviews on Trustpilot and on our Facebook page where we would love to connect with you.
Gillian Crawford, Founder and Creative Director at Lily Blanche
“Fabulous lady, fabulous jewels #gillian” Judy Murray tennis coach and Strictly Come Dancing star
“I absolutely love it as do my family and friends. I’ve been singing your praises to anyone who will listen” Diane C.
“Love, love, love mine. It’s probably the best necklace I have,” Carole S.
“Excellent customer service, absolutely amazing delivery of a very special piece of jewellery and fantastic after care. Would definitely purchase again from Lily Blanche,”Emma L.
“I have the silver one for my birthday and absolutely love, love, love it,” Stephanie L.
“Amazing service and beautifully wrapped and packed. A joyful gift,” Lesley McP.
“I have bought for my 2 daughters and myself. Love them,” Pauline S.