It was easy for us at Daily Grommet to get stuck on Cat Ivins’ locket necklaces—and not just because they’re magnetic. They’re handcrafted from recycled steel auto parts and personalized with quirky graphics created by Cat and other indie artist collaborators. The look is clean and simple, with an easy industrial vibe.
Cat creates these Polarity lockets at her Olive Bites Studio in New Jersey (it’s named after her dog Olive—although Olive no longer bites). Each locket measures about 1 inch in diameter and has room inside for a picture or tiny memento. The magnetic lids are interchangeable, so you can get a new look in an instant. Each set has a story behind it. Artist Dilyara Nassyrova (aka Dilkabear) created the doll-like illustrations for Cat’s Whimsical set, and the Wish series features the photography of HouseofSixCats. You’ll find martinis and retro office chairs in the set inspired by Mad Men. Packaged in a lightweight tin and cotton drawstring bag, each set comes with a thirty-inch ball chain (the length is adjustable) and four magnetic lids.
One thing all the lockets have in common is the use of industrial, recycled, and sustainable materials. Cat works hard to reuse existing resources in her jewelry designs rather than producing more materials. “I want to leave the lightest footprint possible,” she says.
Cat’s footprint may be light, but her industrial lockets make a big impression.
Polarity Details – 1" Interchangeable Mini Locket with interchangeable lids
- Created from recycled steel auto part
- Soldered eyehook
- Comes with 4 interchangeable designs
- Adjustable length 30" nickel plated brass ballchain—use scissors to shorten the locket
- Locket is 1" in diameter about the size of a nickel and substantial
- Add a picture inside
- Packaged in a tin for gift giving or storage and then tucked into a natural cotton drawstring bag
Originally published on Daily Grommet