Monday, November 1, 2010

bracelets

I don't know about you, but I love jewelry. Especially bracelets. Beaded, handcrafted, silver, gold, brass, copper, pearls, charms, turquoise, bangles, vintage, dangly, unusual - I love 'em all! I'm almost embarrassed to admit -I have a lot of bracelets. I hang the beaded ones from the corners of picture frames and layer them in pretty dishes. I also have quite a few sterling silver bracelets, which I keep in special little jewelry bags and boxes to protect them from tarnishing. Where do you keep your jewelry? Do you like to display your pieces?




Beaded one-piece wrap-around style bracelets. I got the one on the right for $1.99 at Goodwill!

 
Colorful, shiny beads...


 I really like this one because of the unusual mixture of turquoise with seed pearls.


My first bracelet - with only the Christmas wreath charm on it -  given to me by my mom for Christmas around 1974.  Charms from the top, left...my best friend (8th grade photo) Missy; Forget-Me-Not charm from my mom, I think for Valentine's Day; Chicago Water Tower from my grandma; flute and piano from my parents (I played both); Siamese cat (representing my kitty, Vashti at the time); the Christmas wreath; Washington DC charm from my aunt when she took a trip there with her 8th grade class (this aunt is only 3 years older than me!); and a charm from the Louisiana Superdome (one of my high school band trips back in the late 70's).


A more recent purchase from an Etsy seller...unfortunately, I can't remember her name, so I can't give her any credit for this beautiful bracelet. Philip was my 21-year old son who passed away last year. The little red charm is a ruby, Philip's birthstone.


Hubby bought me this gorgeous gold and pearl bracelet a couple of years ago after I admired it in an antique shop. He went back and bought it for me and surprised me with it on my birthday. :-)


 This little beauty I got from the Sundance Catalog. Are you familiar with them? Yes, this is Robert Redford's company. Check them out at http://www.sundancecatalog.com/. Be prepared to drool. Pricey, yes. But sometimes you can find good deals in their outlet section, which I did with this bracelet.



5 comments:

  1. Oh I love bracelets also Melanie. All my life I have wanted to have a genuine charm bracelet, with miss matched charms and odds and ends.....maybe someday! Great post!
    Tina xo

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  2. Melanie - I have a passion for bracelets as well! We should get together and swap bracelets some time! I will be sure to check out the site you listed! With much love!!

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  3. You have such a pretty collection! I keep a silver tray on my dresser where I toss jewerly I've just taken off, and I always keep a pretty necklace or two in there, just b/c I like how it looks!

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  4. You have some pretty ones. Bracelets are my favorite piece of jewellery too and I have many. Deb =^..^=x5

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  5. Fun bracelets...I love them, too! My oldest is a Ten Commandments charm bracelet I received in the early 60's- I can't believe I still have it, as many times as it fell off me as a girl LOL!

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