The One Ring Locket
“The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.” - JRR Tolkien 🗡
This locket is one of the most meticulous items I have ever crafted. It features Bilbo Baggins’ front door, hand formed and textured in fine silver, with Gandalf’s rune etched into the rune, a sterling ivy leaf, and a 12k gold doorknob. The inside of the door is sterling silver and has a hand-cut pattern which is the same as the inside of Bilbo’s door in the film. The door opens to an all-silver view of the shire, and I am well aware that I shouldn’t have the locket’s external door be Bilbo’s external door AND have the inside view be the shire, but I wanted it both ways, so that’s that!
The well of the locket is actually a sterling ring given to me by a high-school sweetheart. I like the idea of using a ring in a piece about a story about a ring. This is where you may look inside the locket to a teeny-tiny 12k gold ring, sitting on the hole door, as if waiting to capture its next bearer. A fine silver sword sits in the doorway’s frame, a view of the shire beyond.
The shire was created using a variety of silver gauges, texturing techniques, and hand-painted enameling. The locket snaps closed with a sturdy clasp, with a thistle loop bale, and leafy details around the well. The back is hand stamped with Tolkien’s quote above, off-kilter, to remind the ring bearer to always view the world through the whimsical eyes of a halfling, and to take on every adventure that comes calling.
(Just remember to pack your pocket handkerchief, it’s a long journey.)
I spent an entire week on this piece, and the price will reflect the labor, effort, and materials. Should you wish to commission a similar piece, come sit by the hearth and send a DM/Email to chat, I’d love to whip up something inspired! 🌿✨