For the past 8 years every December I’ve been receiving an email from one of my clients about creating a special bangle bracelet for his wife Mary.
Each year Andrew wants to surprise his lady with a gold bracelet.
Every time he wants a gold filled skinny bangle bracelet but each time he wants the bracelet to be slightly different than the last one.
One year he wanted it with Mary’s initial, another time with a gemstone then the next time he wanted the bracelet to be finished with a different texture. Then year after that Andrew requested a bangle with two initials of his twin boys. Each year different bracelet to celebrate wedding anniversary.
I didn’t really ask many questions about this tradition, I didn’t want to be noisy and I was always happy and flattered to work with him and creating a special piece for his wife.
The fact that last December was already the eight time Andrew contacted me I decided to ask. I am so glad I did because not only he was happy to share it with me, he also sent me this photo below which almost made me cry.
When Andrew and Mary got married 8 years ago they met an older lady who had 32 bangles on her wrist. Each of them was from her husband who was giving her one bracelet each year for their wedding anniversary. So Andrew and Mary really liked that idea and decided to start similar tradition on their own.
I was the lucky jewelry designer Andrew had found searching the internet.
The lady who they got the inspiration from for the annual bracelets just celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary. This is her wrist and the 40 bracelets next to Mary’s wrist with my 7 bracelets:
Last December Andrew wanted another simple hammered bangle with an initial of their third child; Mary Margaret; a baby girl born in 2016.
Here is the last bangle I created for them:
I don’t know about you but I feel inspired about this sweet tradition and knowing my work is so meaningful for people gets me going and reassuring that jewelry is not just a vain piece of metal. For many it’s a symbol of love, commitment, friendship, tradition, unity and more.
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