Why the padlock is the perfect symbol of now

The recent surge in popularity of charms and talismans has shown that, even in our super-rational age of science and technology, we’re still driven by an atavistic impulse to cling to amulets. But one motif in particular stands out. The padlock – both intimate and industrial, mysterious and mundane – is cropping up in the collections of fashion and jewellery houses this spring.

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