The Mandy Locket

As you might guess, the Mandy locket was inspired by...Mandy! Its flower front and picture back were a creation that came after a friend wanted to have a picture close to their heart but didn't want the picture showing for everyone else to see. This sweet, flower charm is decorative on the front with the details of a Chrysanthemum while the back holds a very small photo in the shape of a circle. The charm alone is a beautiful statement piece, simple but intricate. Add the picture to the back and instantly you have connection!

Wearing something with deeper meaning is why we make the jewelry that we do - so we definitely want you to know why we chose a Chrysanthemum for the front! Read on to find out...

The chrysanthemum, with its mysterious origins and deep-rooted symbolism, has enchanted cultures around the world for centuries. Originating in China, the chrysanthemum holds a storied past that weaves through the annals of time. This captivating flower first graced the gardens and courtyards of ancient Chinese emperors, where its allure and significance were recognized. In this land of emperors and dynasties, the chrysanthemum held a special place in the hearts and minds of the people. With its purported healing properties, the flower was often used to brew medicinal teas and concoctions. Chinese physicians recognized the chrysanthemum's ability to soothe ailments, clear the mind, and bring balance to the body. The chrysanthemum became a beloved metaphor, embodying the virtuous qualities of humility, integrity, and a steadfast spirit. 

Over time, the cultivation of chrysanthemums spread to other parts of Asia, such as Japan and Korea. In Japanese culture, the chrysanthemum holds multiple layers of meaning, deeply woven into the tapestry of their traditions and beliefs. The flower is the symbol of the Emperor and the Imperial House, representing their authority, power, and longevity. The flower's vibrant hues and delicate petals embody the fleeting beauty of life, reminding people to appreciate the present moment and the ephemeral nature of existence.

Also, the chrysanthemum is often linked to the concept of purity and perfection. Its meticulous cultivation, with careful attention to detail, reflects the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which embraces the beauty of imperfection and impermanence. The flower's exquisite form and intricate patterns symbolize the harmony and balance found in nature, accepting the cycle of life and death. We also have a Permanent Jewelry chain option named Wabi-Sabi because it's meaning is so beautiful.

In addition to its aesthetic symbolism, the chrysanthemum is also associated with certain virtues in Japanese culture. It is regarded as a flower of honor and loyalty, representing the values of respect, devotion, and gratitude. These qualities have been celebrated and passed down through generations, deeply ingrained in Japanese society.

The chrysanthemum's influence on Western art and literature can be seen in a myriad of ways, transcending cultural boundaries. Its timeless allure and rich symbolism continue to fascinate and inspire creators across different artistic mediums.

Cultivated in endless varieties, these vibrant petals remind us of the rich history and symbolism they carry. They beckon us to embrace the wonders of nature, igniting our curiosity and appreciation. So, as you encounter the chrysanthemum in all its glory, let it awaken your senses and invite you to explore the beauty that lies within the world around us. Remember, in the words of John Keats, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."


Mandy has been wearing her Chrysanthemum locket for at least 6 months and loves having a picture of her kids close to her heart. The best part is that no one knows it's there except for her and anyone she wants to tell. This is what sets The Mandy Locket apart from our others. No one would ever know that it is a pendant locket! A great choice for someone wanting to keep that picture a little more of a secret.

The Mandy comes in silver or gold with your choice of chain length and measures to be about 5/8 of an inch. The photo size is 17/64 of an inch.