I can't even tell you how much I love the charms "being" the bracelet. Don't let Pandora steal your idea!
Hallo beautiful @bling_dream19! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for this piece - it makes it extra special when friends like it too. I can't wait till the weather is warmer and I can crack out the t-shirts and jeans!! I hope all is well with you and your family. ox
Hi @junebug17 Sometimes I feel as tho we can take our jewelry a tad too seriously. This piece is the opposite of that - and I love that about it!
Thank you so much, @Fabfashion - I'm so glad you like it and thank you for those warm wishes!
Hi @lambskin Do you have any charm bracelets? I'd love to see them if you do! Do you have any threads on bracelets? Share please!
Hi Catmom I'm glad it's finished, too! The good health part is a tad elusive these days, but I'll settle for the happiness. I hope all is well with you! Is everything starting to bloom?
Hallo @MamaBee - how is everything with you? I've been reading your NIRDI posts and things seems to have improved markedly. I'm so pleased for you! I love this bracelet and will INDEED enjoy wearing it - hopefully for many years to come!
Hallo, @Rubies-R-Me I have a real love of whimsy, and I was going for sophisticated, quirky fun with this. I'm not sure I actually hit that, but I love where I landed, so...good enough!
Awww - thank you, @marcy! Your warm words mean a lot to me. ox
Hey there, @Asscherhalo_lover I can't imagine pandora coming for my charms idea - altho - isn't end-to-end charms kinda their thing? I hope they don't think *I'm* taking THEIR idea!!
I just adore this @mrs-b. Everything about it...the colours, the design, the layout, and the meaning behind each piece. It's a workof art, and a true heirloom piece brimming with memories and meaning. Beautiful and immaculately planned, as always!
Ok, so here's the thing. Why aren't ALL charm bracelets set end to end? It's the only option that sense to me. I never wear a charm bracelet because that every dangling thing presses a key I don't want and I never get anything done. I LOVE IT. I would wear that thing every friggin day. @mrs-b my fav charm has to be the colorful swirly thing, and then the cool beach ball. Congratulations on figuring out where the finish line was and getting there. This is the coolest charm bracelet ever. How long will it take for me to collect this many, and then to get a jeweler to put it together correctly? Sigh...I'll just have to stare at yours mrs-b.
Joy is just gorgeous and the meaning behind each charm is priceless!
Thank you so much, @Dandi! Every piece is special to me and was reworked at least once - some, two and three times. I'm so glad you like it - it truly was a labor of love. <3
Hi @GeorgieQ - yes, I did see it, and it's a far better representation of the colors. My photos on PS are always...drab. The prism charm, for example, in my photos looks almost black on some surfaces, but in real life is all stained glass colors. My photos never do my pieces justice - especially a piece like this, which is *all* color! I'm glad they posted it.
@LLJsmom - I HEAR YOU on this! That dangling sends me beserk!! I'm also way too old to rock the gypsy look. But I've loved miniatures since I was a child, so charms in general are right up my alley! To then compress them with bright colors and stripped back shapes of things meaningful to me makes for a very personal representation. And just to put this out there - in 18kt, solid - this is not a cheap piece. At all. DKJ was UNBELIEVABLY generous with me re all the remaking and tweaking. If you were to buy this piece pre-made, however, i think you'd be looking solidly at upwards of 20k. But this piece has never been about what it did or didn't cost me. This is one of those hugely personal pieces whose significance goes beyond money. It's all about how it makes me feel - and this bracelet gives me aaaalllll the feels!
I definitely think you should make one, LLJsmom; it's a special sort of insanity!
It’s beautiful! Congrats, @mrs-b!!I've been working on this project on and off for about 3 years. Tweaking, retweaking, making charms - deciding they didn't hit the mark - then making them again. Some designs I thought I'd love...and didn't. Sometimes the colors needed changing...on and on...this project became nigh on to an obsession.
But it's finally done and I love it. We crossed a major milestone when I realized that, instead of dangling charms, I wanted the charms set end to end. This led to a new round of remaking anything with pointy sides or edges, which in turn affected the length, which in turn affected.... Well, you get the general idea. It reminds me of a comment my best girlfriend and I often make to each other in regards to renovating: "I bought a new lampshade. In the end, I had to sell the house."
Each charm is 18kt yellow gold with hand done enamel. Most of the pieces are solid and the bracelet altogether weighs a bunch. Two of the charms are enameled one color on one side, and a different color on the other. They have a D and a W respectively, representing my two best girlfriends in Australia, who bought me those 2 charms. The piece with the H and the holly leaves represents my name.
To me, this bracelet is the ultimate 'jeans and white shirt' piece. It's summer and spring and lifted spirits all rolled into one.
As a result, I've called her 'Joy'.
@NonieMarie - thank you! - and - yay!
Thank you so much, @yennyfire. It's super meaningful and I'll have it forever - which is a lovely thing to be able to say about a piece.
Thank you, @Bishbunch! The other one, I'm sorry to say, was dismantled. I had to be honest with myself as to which one I'd wear - knowing I wouldn't wear more than one - and the enamel bracelet was the runaway winner. The charms on the other one that I particularly valued have gone onto pendants, and the one I valued the most (the pearl charm made for me by a friend when I was declared cancer-free) went onto a plain chain bracelet by itself. I should be receiving it today or tomorrow, and I'll post it on SMTB when it's here.
Well make me +15! What a colorful, classic look for the charms. Wear in health and joy!
So unique and fabulous! The lemon is my favorite. I could envision a whole citrus bracelet with alternating lemons, limes and oranges.
A sentimental work of art! Beautiful and joyous!