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Behind the Design: Our Signature Lock

Our new Signature Lock is a contemporary yet timeless jewellery design that embodies love, locked forever. The details behind the design epitomize the New Era of Michael Hill, while honouring our heritage. As we celebrate nearly 45 years and unveil the exciting next chapter of Michael Hill, our Design Director, Maria Then, was tasked with creating an iconic new piece that would become synonymous with our brand. 

“There are many subtle elements to this Signature Lock design, which make it the perfect embodiment of the evolving Michael Hill brand,” said Maria.   

Discover the details

Behind the design of our new Signature Lock Collection.  

A designer take on a timeless shape 

The Michael Hill brandmark is a key design element in the Signature Lock. The newly created icon intertwines our monogram of M and H: the inspiration for the padlock’s unique silhouette.  

“When brought to life in three dimensions, the padlock pendant celebrates the juxtaposition of the soft curves of the M against the angularity of the H,” said Maria.  

“With multiple planes, the design features angular lines at its outermost points, which sweep into concaved curves. This brings a subtle yet distinct point of difference to the timeless shape of a padlock; creating an intriguing piece that you will only find at Michael Hill,” said Maria.  

An elegant reflection of our heritage and future  

Our brandmark purposefully conjures imagery of a window, paying homage to the iconic, creative window displays which were designed by Lady Christine Hill in Michael Hill’s formative years, and which helped our brand to first establish itself in the fine jewellery landscape.   

A celebration of our present and future, the brandmark, encapsulated in the lines of our Signature Lock, is also an elegant reflection of our heritage, our passion for craft and creativity, and of everything that Sir Michael and Lady Christine Hill first built. 

Styles symbolic of enduring love  

The padlock is a tangible symbol of meaningful moments, memories, and enduring connections.  

The iconic Love Lock Bridge in Paris, renowned for padlocks adorning the Pont Des Arts, is just one of many global sites, from Serbia to South Korea and California, where couples place ‘love locks’, marking physical declarations of their unbreakable bonds.     In a piece of fine jewellery, the padlock becomes a symbol to be worn close at all times: representing love, locked forever.  

Contemporary classics to wear forever 

Our exclusive Signature Lock design is available in six jewellery pieces, all crafted in 10kt yellow gold or 925 sterling silver.  

  A classic statement piece, the Signature Lock Paperclip Necklace features our functional, detachable padlock pendant on a bold paperclip chain. And for elevated everyday style, our Signature Lock huggie earrings are complete with our exclusively designed padlock charms to bring movement, texture, and a touch of style to your look.  

  The necklaces and bracelets can also be personalized with an engraving, adding a further layer of sentiment to these symbolic styles.  

Discover the contemporary and classic Signature Lock pieces. Explore now