The Crux of the Matter

by Kathleen Carter

At least twice a year, I decide to reread and re-watch what is undeniably the best series of all time. As anyone who knows me can attest, I have a deep and abiding love of Harry Potter.

After working in the jewelry industry for about six years, I can’t help but notice all of the jewelry in any book I read or movie I watch. So when asked to write a blog post, I jumped at the chance to take a closer look at of one of the more memorable pieces in the novels: Salazar Slytherin’s locket, which was one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Harry Potter series, a Horcrux is a dark magical object in which a witch or wizard can conceal a portion of their soul outside of their body. In order to create one, they must kill someone, which makes it some of the darkest magic in the books. Voldemort, always the dramatic one, chose objects of great significance to use. A locket that had belonged to one of the four founders of Hogwarts certainly qualified as such an item.

Salazar Slytherin’s locket is described as an ornate gold locket roughly the size of a chicken egg. I don’t know about you, but to me, that is one huge piece of jewelry! And if it was solid gold, then that would need a really sturdy, thick chain to support it! On the front, it has a giant letter “S” set with tiny green stones.  It is never stated what kind of stones they are, but I always assumed they were emeralds, since those are precious and expensive gemstones.

Although the exterior sounds quite beautiful, the inside of this locket is not what you would expect. (Well, if you are thinking about it as one of Voldemort’s evil creations, it might be.) Upon opening the locket, instead of finding pictures of a loved one, there are scarlet eyes and a portion of his soul to contend with. Definitely not your average locket.

While I do not support the use or creation of Horcruxes (which is why we don’t sell them at Jack Lewis), I absolutely support the wearing of lockets. Not all of us can pull off a chicken-sized one, but there are so many different shapes and sizes that there is a style for everybody! I personally love the sentimentality behind a locket, especially since it is a great way to feel like you have your loved ones with you. Here are just a few of my favorites from one of the companies we work with: Stuller.

Locket pics

Take a page out of Voldemort’s book and try incorporating one into your summer wardrobe. Just don’t go the Horcrux route.

Mischief managed!


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