Here we are in the continued throes of the pandemic, and this couple will be celebrating the weddings of both their son and their daughter within a span of four months. I was charged to create a special bracelet for the mother of the bride and groom and was given plenty of time to do so.
All my clients are special, of course, but this guy is especially dear. I knew him when we were young teens learning how to maneuver “adulthood,” and I was thrilled when we reconnected many years later. I met his equally special wife and their two young kids (now grown up!). Throughout the years I have been privileged to be part of their special occasions.
Once, much to both our chagrins, we actually duplicated a suite of pearls – which remains a very funny jewelry-related memory. Thus, his lovely wife forbade us to even consider pearls going forward. As she so gracefully put it, “how many strands and earrings of pearls does one need? Especially as a duplicate!”
In contemplating a design for this special bracelet, I have to admit that at first I was way overthinking it. And then a light bulb went off.
Family. Symbolism. And lots of color.
With her style, she can go from the minimalist to the bohemian. She likes to mix things up but not in a “hey, look at me!” way. She is attracted to color, so I started with color; and the thoughts about color sparked a design epiphany. Let’s use the stones of each month that means something to their family. And so, because life is a zig-zag, that is the pattern of the stones. It even has room for more gems if and when each family grows.
A classic bangle style bracelet, not too wide, with fabulous colorful stones. The center is a precious topaz for the November wedding month of the patriarch and matriarch, bordered by his birthstone of amethyst ( just so happens we share a birth month and year) and hers of blue zircon. We mounted a garnet birthstone for their son and another blue zircon for their new daughter-in-law on either side of an emerald for their marital month. Finally, their daughter’s birthstone of peridot is placed on one side and the new son-in-law’s diamond on the other side of a peridot for their wedding month. The bracelet is in 14k gold, the stones are all genuine.
- 14k gold zig-zag bangle bracelet with genuine stones including topaz, blue zircon, diamond, amethyst, garnet and peridot.
- Location: Avon, CT
You have traveled our life’s journey w us but this one took home top honors. We are so fortunate to have you in our life, Raimie! C is blown away by its beauty and message. We did it”
– The text I received after he gave her the bracelet to celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary!