Were I not feeling a wee bit guilty about that non-Christmas shopping, I might even share with you, and I may yet. But here's a "To Me. From Me" gift that I need have no guilt about, especially since I bought it at an annual scholarship fundraiser that two jewelry-making colleagues of mine held in late November. These fabulous women generally sell their own concoctions fashioned of wonderful stones and other fixings -- I've bought beautifully-set quartz in many colours, amazonite, marvellously blue tiger's eye, carnelian, and others in the past. They had bracelets, earrings, necklaces with all those goodies and more, this time as well, but my eye was immediately caught by this little vintage piece, part of the estate K. had recently inherited from a favourite aunt. Too small for either woman's wrist, this 50s/60s charm bracelet was marked at -- get this! -- $15!! And the money was going to fund student scholarships! And I had a keepsake from my friend's favourite relative!
Who knows what alloy the chain is made of, but my wrist hasn't yet turned green or bumpy. I like this as much as any charm bracelets I've seen out there, ready-made, and it feels surprisingly good to wear despite the clink factor. Some of the pieces, such as the spiralled lightly-striped one to the right of the metal ball, are cut stone, others are glass, nothing precious in jewel terms at all. But I was very happy to have been in the right place at the right time with the right-sized wrist to snap this up. "To Me. From Me." Thanks very much!
p.s. I even think Duchesse, with all her jewelry savvy, will approve!
and Belette, with her love of charm bracelets. . .