Emily Loves: Charms


Photos: Alain Simic
Styling: Kareem Rashed



           As an enthusiast of antique jewelry and objects, I have a habit of collecting. From Georgian rivières to 19th century mocha-ware, each collection expresses a different facet of my personality, which is what I love about charms; the ability to mix, match, and continually build upon an assortment of tiny treasures that say something about me.

           Coco Chanel famously had a host of lucky charms she always kept nearby: camellias, the number 5, and four-leaf clovers. Around the same time across the pond, Mamie Eisenhower wore a gold bracelet full of little mementos that read like a book of her life (and our country’s history): a replica of her engagement band, a miniature newspaper to mark her husband’s victory, and a key to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

           The tradition of charms also includes less literal but, nonetheless, quite personal interpretations. In the Victorian era, young women of a certain stature would go on a Grand Tour of Europe to see all the sights. They’d pick up small plaster cameos at each stop along the way, building a collection of souvenirs that chronicled their journey. And for millennia, evil eye amulets have been a symbol of protection across many cultures, from the Old Testament to ancient Egypt to Mesopotamia. More recently they have taken on new meaning: the eye has appeared in numerous Alessandro Michele Gucci designs, from scarves to sweatshirts to handbags, and model Gigi Hadid has carried a nazar charm for years.

           Whatever their significance to you, it’s that personal, talismanic quality that makes charms so, well, charming.

Lady Emily Necklace with 19" Gold Chain

Lady Emily Necklace with 19" Gold Chain