What Does a Key Symbolize in Jewelry?

Throughout history keys have not only been known as a tool to lock and unlock doors but also as a symbol of letting go, new beginnings, luck and love. No matter the occasion, key jewelry can make a thoughtful gift to toast to any of life’s milestones. Let’s learn more about the different meanings of keys in jewelry. 

What is the Symbolic Meaning of a Key? 

Often representing knowledge and success, keys also symbolize opening doors, perhaps to new possibilities. Since keys can open doors which are closed to anyone other than the key holder, someone might wear a key charm or necklace when looking for a new  job. Folktales also tell of a universal “Skeleton Key” that will successfully unlock anything you wish for. Thus a key pendant could be given to help open new horizons and uncharted adventures for one who wears it.

Key pendants have often been given on 21st birthdays since it’s the age when you’re considered mature enough to be a key holder to your family’s home, and are believed to represent freedom and a bright future ahead. Since birthdays and graduations are considered to be new beginnings key pendants and jewelry are popular presents for both occasions. It could also serve as a reminder of hope and encouragement during uncertain times. 

Keys have always been endowed with a certain sort of magic and it was believed that they had the power to reveal things that were unknown or obscured before. Keys are regarded as good luck presents and it was believed that wearing a key as a pendant would open physical, intellectual, or spiritual barriers and give access, or attract riches of all nature.

Key to My Heart and Lock Symbols

We have also adopted the key as a symbol of entrusting someone with the access to one’s “Heart of Hearts”. The “Key to a Heart” is given in the same fashion as a “Key to a City” which can be traced back to the Middle Ages when it was a symbol of the city’s intention that the recipient was free to come and go. Today it’s considered a symbolic gesture, bestowed upon distinguished persons and honored guests for achievements of the highest importance. 

Giving someone the “key to your heart” is a symbol of expressing a special trust and commitment. While popular in romantic transitions, a key or lock make an excellent gift for a partner, they could also be gifted to affirm a friendship or to commemorate a bond with a family member. Because they are so versatile keys and locks can be given as a gift for many different occasions.

Both keys and locks are an original fashion accessory that can be worn alone or in combination with other chains and pendants. Whether you’re open to something new, making a commitment or simply love the look, lock and key jewelry will always be tasteful and on trend can be equally appropriate presents for both romantic and non-romantic occasions, celebrating family milestones or personal achievements. 

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