Key pendants have always been a popular present for all ages and every occasion.
Here are few reasons why
Key pendants are customarily given as a present on the 21st birthday. This tradition dates from the times when at twenty-one, you were considered old enough to be a key-holder to your family’s home, and thus hold a symbolical 'senior' position in the family. It's an old tradition that, some think, has long since become irrelevant and obsolete, but the symbolism of the key on the 21st birthday lives on. Both 21st birthday and Graduations are considered to be a "new beginning" occasion and key pendants are popular presents for both.
Keys have always been endowed with a certain sort of magic. It’s believed they have the power to reveal things that were unknown or obscured before. In Far East cultures, keys are regarded as a "Good Luck" presents and a bearer of a good fortune ahead. It was believed that wearing a Key as a Pendant will open physical, intellectual, or spiritual barriers and give access, or attract riches of all nature.
Folktales tell of a universal “Skeleton Key”, that will successfully unlock anything you wish for. Thus such a key pendant is given to open new horizons and new uncharted adventures for one who wears it.
In modern days, we have adopted the Key Pendant as a symbol of entrusting someone with the access to one's "Heart of Hearts". The "Key to a Heart" is given in the same fashion as the “Key to a City” has been given for ages. The practice of presenting a "Key to the City" to an individual can be traced back the Middle Ages when it was a symbol of the City's intention that the recipient was free to come and go at will. Today it is considered a symbolic gesture, bestowed upon distinguished persons and honored guests for achievements of the highest importance. Giving someone the "key to Your Heart" will be a symbol of expressing a special trust and commitment. In present days, when in a romantic relationship, two will exchange keys from their homes as an act, that signifies the moment when a relationship has been taken to the next level and the foundation of a life together has been laid.
The rich symbolism bestowed upon Key pendants is drawn from many cultures and makes them a versatile present for just about any age and any occasion. Key pendants can be equally appropriate presents for both romantic and none romantic occasions, celebrating family milestones or personal achievements.