Locked in Love – Romance & The Phenomenon of the Love-Padlock

A wire fence in Colgne supports countless love padlocks.

Love Locks Across the World

A wire fence in Colgne supports countless love padlocks.
A wire fence in Colgne supports countless love padlocks. Image source Frank Vincentz

Locked into Love – Love Padlocks Across the World

There’s a romantic craze which has been sweeping across the World since the turn of the Century. A declaration of two people locked in love. This act does not involve diamonds. Nor does it involve precious metals.

Most of the tokens are simple, padlocks onto which the owners have etched or drawn two names. Perhaps two people’s name who are in a relationship. Maybe there are other sentimental reasons. Reasons of remembrance. Once locked the key is cast away, in a statement of unbroken love. One thing is for certain. When we look at these images, we see an amazing collection of objects we would not ordinarily look twice at. Each padlock represents a strong personal relationship, and the combined effect is astounding.

It is staggering that this act is often considered a brazen act of vandelism. On the Ponts des Arts (Lovers’ Bridge) in Paris, where love locks had accumulated, a secret removal occurred in 2010. The authorities denied any involvement.

Locations Across the World

There are points across the World where you can participate. There are even lists providing locations from England, through Europe as far as countries such as Japan. Albert Docks in Liverpool have a point where Padlocks can be locked and the keys cast into the Mersey.

Perhaps you have a romantic idea. A grand gesture which could catch on. Please share your thoughts and ideas with everyone in our comments below.

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.