Key Party

Carolina Bucci unlocks her designs.

Carolina Bucci

I’ve noticed a lot of whimsy in fine jewelry lately, and these bejeweled keys by Carolina Bucci are one such fun example. They look great on their own or by the handful. Here, the London-based jewelry designer talks about her inspiration for the collection, her favorite pieces, and more.

What was the inspiration/story behind your keys jewelry? The new collection, Looking Glass, started after I was on holiday and wearing my room key on a chain around my neck. Ideas can come from anywhere!

Carolina Bucci pendants, $2,640-$6,020, and chains $1,320 each, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 212.753.7300.

Do you have a favorite piece and why is it so special? My initial rings, which are part of the Scarab collection, are based on a ring of my mother’s that I remembered very clearly from my childhood. She had this amazing Onyx ring with a big gold “T” for Theresa on it. I remember thinking at the time that when I got older I would have my own “C” ring. I found it a few years ago in her jewelry box and immediately knew that it would form the basis of my new collection and that I would finally get one of my own.

What is the one piece of jewelry you can’t leave the house without? I wear a necklace with pave diamond little boys every day that is inspired by my two sons. I like to spend as much time as possible with them, but when I can’t, at least I can carry them around in my necklace. I always believe that jewelry with meaning and emotion is the best kind of jewelry.