Photos make for intriguing jewelry

An heir to your grandmother's locket, photo jewelry is becoming a trend.

Snapfish and a host of other online sources offer it. But surely one of the best sources is Planet Jill, a California-based company that started as one woman's gift to a friend.

Ordering is pretty painless. Customers send in a photo or photos via computer. Planet Jill ( shrinks them, recasts them in a sepia tone and, topped with a protective sealant, nestles them in charm-like bracelets ($65 to $1,995) and pendant necklaces ($55 to $780) made of sterling silver or 14-karat gold, some with diamonds ($895 and up).

Not machine made, many of the pieces have a rustic, hand-cut look to them, not necessarily razor-straight edges.

My husband ordered a multiphoto charm bracelet for me last Mother's Day and it never fails to catch eyes.

Planet Jill helped him select the final five photos. I was surprised by the detail that was retained even in a wide-angle shot, and the sepia tone unifies all the images.

There are also key chains and other accessories.

Wendy Donahue, Chicago Tribune