Code of love

For those who want to keep their private life private, to declare their love covertly, Glasgow, Scotland, jeweler Eric N. Smith has the answer: a range of bespoke luxury jewelry embedded with round and rectangular diamonds which, like dots and dashes, spell out messages in Morse code, the Financial Times (FT) reports.

The collection will be launched at the International Jewelry Show in London in September, but is already proving a winner for Smith, trained at Glasgow School of Art, who set up business 27 years ago and regularly supplies Bond Street stores.

Morse code-invented by American Samuel Morse in 1837, and for years the international language for distress at sea-has been replaced by satellite technology. But an estimated 50 million people worldwide are still familiar with it, and Smith thinks there’s a lot of mileage in his brainchild.

A keen amateur yachtsman qualified in Morse, Smith had the idea while doing sketches for a new collection last year. It struck him that the sequence of round and rectangular stones bore a striking similarity to Morse code’s dots and dashes.

Experimenting on a ring with the Morse equivalent of the word ”Always,” he found it possible to fit the required number of diamonds on the gold band, and the covert collection was born.

Smith generally embeds diamonds in yellow and white gold, to create unique rings, bangles, pendants, earrings and cufflinks. Because each piece is made to order, any precious stone and metal combination is possible. A copy of the Morse translation is also provided with each piece, so the recipient gets the message.

There are people for whom even Morse is not obscure enough. “One client from Los Angeles has a wife who loves unraveling ciphers, secret messages and that sort of thing,” says Smith. “He was on the internet looking for a gift, saw our website and ordered a ring with a message, part of the surprise being that she has to work out what the symbols are in the first place – and then what they mean.”

Prices start at £500 ($686 U.S.). If you want to cut the expense, it’s best to pick phrases heavy on the letter E, which in Morse is represented by a single dot, the least expensive symbol to replicate.