Natasha Sherling on grown up friendship bracelets for the young at heart …
The Leaving Cert results are out and the last bank holiday of the summer has passed – back to school time is firmly on the way. With that in mind, I’m starting to see jewellery that nods perfectly to this nostalgic vibe; grown up friendship bracelets for the young at heart still holding on to the free spirit of summer – and the ideal gifts for young graduates heading off on new adventures travelling, to university, and beyond.
Tiffany & Co. continue to expand their Return to Tiffany Collection, but their classic silver bracelet with its heart tag will forever hold my favourite jewellery memory. Engraveable on the reverse, this was one of my first ever pieces of ‘real’ jewellery – my girl gang were lucky enough to each have one as we navigated the busy time of our late teens; it’s still very much adored every time I see it peeking out from my jewellery box – and it will always look great in a bracelet stack.
To celebrate 21 years, knitwear designers Electronic Sheep have teamed up with jeweller Edge Only; known for her irreverent silver designs, designer Jenny Huston has created that ultimate token of appreciation – a mix tape, remember those?! – in sterling silver, its ‘A side’ blank and ready for engraving to your nearest and dearest.
True friendship bracelets were of course fabric, and nearly always made covertly underneath a desk, the threads hooked around a table leg. Giving them a grown up twist involves adding some 18ct gold as per Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. If you are feeling mega generous, Carolina Bucci’s silk bracelets come woven with gold and diamonds – buy them in a set for you and your best two on Net-a-Porter.
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