When Diamonds Have Lost Their Shine
It all started a while back when Tiffany & Co. launched the keys, in silver, 18k yellow gold and rose gold. I saw these little vintage looking keys in the case in the Tiffany’s in Holt Renfrew and thought what a strange concept. Though there were a few styles with diamonds or other jewels, most of the keys were plain jane and the only design was the shape of the individual keys themselves. It was enough for me I picked up one for me and one for my partner.
The instant I started wearing the silver key I was bombarded by a typhoon of compliments.
And on and on like this… It wasn’t until later when I started styling the keys with dressier suits or tuxes that I realized the keys were actually a bit more of an evening look than a all round every day piece especially the yellow gold key. So I limited my use of them throughout my day to day until just recently when came across another jeweler that not only loves keys as much as I do but her history compels her to create necklaces that are far more casual but much more authentic than the Tiffany & Co. designs. And when I say more authentic you’ll now what I mean in a sec.
BangBang Bijoux has an interesting tale, you see the jewelery is all made by hand by Rachel Bingham with vintage pieces of clocks, keys, coins and other such trinkets. The level of oddness that each individual piece has is incalculable, but when you throw them altogether on a chain and toss in some nail polish (or car paint) the whole thing gets this whimsical twist that is a sweet combo of precious and particular.
Over all I think I learned a thing or two about making my own necklace and am happy with the result. These casual everyday pieces can be worn with nearly anything but look great against a looser cotton cardigan with a seersucker shirt underneath. Toss on some shorts and comfortable boat shoes and you’re one a stylish guy. Ladies, the keys come in different sizes so you can pick your own smaller key if you like and you can even paint it pink. Looks great against a flowing silk blouse with some cute lace short shorts. Remember to toss on some bangles for added wonderousness.
Of course BangBang Bijoux serves up a lot more than just vintage pieces, more of the collection can be viewed on her website here and be sure to shoot them an E-mail about having a custom piece made. Also… a whole lot cheaper than Tiffany, just sayin. If you are in Canada check out Bamboo Ballroom in Edmonton for a glimpse into the BangBang Bijoux collection.