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A Gift Of The Heart

Updated on February 20, 2016

Something Worth Protecting?

We wear them around our necks. We hang them on our walls. What is it? Antique Keys. We seem to have a fascination with beauty of their design and the history that they represent. Maybe they were the keys to Downton Abbey? Or maybe Kensington Palace? It is really exciting to think of who might have owned old keys or what building they may have provided access to. An old key unlocks a doorway into a whole new world of imagination

And, did you know, the Tower of London was broken into. Funny, since it's a place you think of people breaking out of! But what were the thieves after? The gaolers keys. Gorgeous, masterful, enormous keys? Or, perhaps, the most elegant of keys?

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What Do Keys Represent?

Doors to unlock. Secrets to be revealed. Treasure Chests.

All of those old styled skeleton keys represent mysteries. Whether it is a mystery of the heart or emotions, a mystery of lost treasure, or a mystery of mansions engaged, our imaginations are captured by these keys.

I wore a set of keys around my neck, as a teenager. My daughter wears one now. It's a pretty big deal to unlock the padlock that seems keep love safe. And if only we could be so secure with a key. Oh yes, we hold keys in high esteem, imagining them to be protecting all that is of value in our lives.

A key can represent wealth - something worth keeping under lock and key. For me, that is akin to the value of my heart. I think it is for many. But for the very literate, an old, massive key can represent access to an inner world that is filled with equity.

I have this weird fascination with old keys. Because I design jewelry, my daughter has brought me old brass keys that she wants transformed into rings. It's a fun design idea that works well. It has worked so well that I am challenged with continually designing such keys for her because they get stolen.

The elegance of old keys is definitely a design aesthetic that I admire. To re-purpose a key as a piece of jewelry or as a form of home d├ęcor is a way of honouring the hard work the key has performed. It's a form of retirement!

Do You Have Old Skeleton Keys?

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Antique Styling In Jewelry

Want to wear a key around your neck? Want your sweetie to wear the key to your heart? What kind of meaning can you place in an antique key? Think about it as you survey the keys provided here for you to purchase. Express your meaning beautifully through a gorgeous key.

What Do You Think Is The Best Kind Of Key?

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Would you give someone a skeleton key? What would be the meaning you would want to attach to it?

Keys As Gifts

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    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Ooooooooooooo - that sounds sooo mysterious! And mischievous. What fun!!!

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      6 years ago

      I would give someone a skeleton key and make them guess what it is for.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @hungry-deer: Yes, I am a wee bit stuck on old items. I love to daydream about the lives that they have lived.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens idea. I love anything old and vintage and some of these keys look very tempting decorations.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @LesleyC LM: Hi LesleyC. It is amazing how fabulous they are. You are making me think that I should do a painting of an old key! That would be fun.

      I'm glad you love these images.

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      LesleyC LM 

      6 years ago

      Hi nice keys! I never knew that they can be so beautiful, like pieces of art. :D

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I went of a spree looking for these keys when I was doing a message on the keys of hell. I had to go to antique stores and finally found some. When I was a kid some of the rooms in our home had skeleton keys. They're really neat I think, but I'm not sure if I would buy one for someone. I guess it depends on the reasoning behind it. Maybe for someone who collected keys.


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