For centuries, jewelry has been used for more than just ornamentation. From lockets that hold images and relics, to pendants with denotations to engraving with cryptic meaning, jewelry can be the best secret keepers. These secret jewels have been used to represent love affairs, confidential messages, signs of loyalty, empowerment and mourning. Town & Country’s Jill Newman looks back at secret jewelry’s fascinating historical past, spills the tea on some of history’s most famous – and infamous – pieces and analyzes its newfound renaissance. On the list of brands leaning into the nostalgia and fostering secret jewelry’s comeback is Rondel with an offering of charms that tell stories, designed by founder Lindsey Julia Boyd.
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