In the words of Brooklyn-based young designer Keiko Lynn Groves of Postlapsaria, "Though I don't wear very many accessories, I actually have quite a collection. My little jewelry box only holds about a tenth of what I own. The rest is stored in random jewelry boxes, on necklace stands and on my dress form." Here, she shares a few of the jewelry box contents that mean the most to her.
A locket devoted to beloved family pets
"One of my newest additions, but already dear to my heart. The photos are of Rowdy, my horse who recently passed, and my little pup Miku. I get teary eyed every time I look at it; Rowdy was my family for over twenty years. I need to acquire more lockets, because I have a few critters who probably feel jilted. My baby pony Shawn needs a spot of his own."
Gold and pearls
"This vintage ring and matching necklace were purchased in two separate states! My mom was on a mission to find a matching ring for the necklace and succeeded. I adore the fragile hands."
"Vintage frames—more gifts from my mom. The glasses are a little too small but I still love them."
A memento from a mother's past
"This isn't jewelry—though I also love the bakelite bracelet above it—but it has sentimental value. It's my mom's old name-tag from her job as a waitress at a Boca hotel. As a single mom with three kids and no child support, she worked several jobs to make ends meet. It's a reminder of where I came from, and how to get where I'm going."
Photographs: Courtesy of Keiko Lynn