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School Me: How to Put on a Cuff Bracelet

Cuff bracelets are one of our favorite accessories. These stylish pieces are easy to wear: there's no need to worry about a clasp, closure or ordering the wrong size.

Diamond Rustic Cuff Bracelets

While cuff bracelets are meant to be lightly adjusted, repeatedly stretched and compressed metal can wear over time, not to mention diamonds can pop out! To avoid weakening your treasure, we've come up with an easy guide to adjusting and loving your cuff.



Before putting these bracelets on for the first time, take a look at the side of your wrist. Find the narrowest part on the thumb-side: this is where your cuff will slide on.

Very, very gently stretch the two ends apart, just wide enough to fit over the most delicate part of your wrist.

Turn the cuff sideways, and slide it on, turning your arm into the bracelet until it's correctly positioned.

Rustic Cuff Bracelets

To make it tighter, put your whole hand over the bracelet (so that you don't weaken one spot), and squeeze just enough so that it won't slide off. Be sure you can still slip it back off the side of your wrist, reversing the process.

You shouldn't need to adjust your cuff again, which will give it a much longer life. 

 

Betsey & Iya have a great video showing this technique. Sometimes a picture (or moving pictures) are worth a thousand words!

 

 

Gift Guide: Black & Gold

December means gift-giving season, and there's just something so festive about black and gold jewelry. 

We've assembled a complete guide to these bold, contrasting pieces.

 The pairing of the matte black and shimmering gold makes each individual part of these designs stand out, creating a real point of interest.

Weathered Diamond Bar Necklace
from 350.00
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Weathered Diamond Droplet Necklace
from 210.00
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The 'black' part is actually oxidized silver--this is achieved through controlled exposure to environmental factors that cause tarnish--and is the perfect partner for glimmering gold.

Gold & Oxi Slim Fishbone Bracelet
2,650.00
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Golden Tail Fishbone Necklace
from 465.00
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Whether you're looking for a match set...

Gold Tag Swag Earrings
425.00
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Gold Tag Charm Bracelet
460.00
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...or to mix and match

Weathered Stacking Cuffs
from 140.00
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Diamond Slice Ring
from 395.00
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or even for something unique, there are plenty of options.

Dream Locale: Iceland

Though it has become a popular destination for adventurous American travelers, Iceland is still considered to be off the beaten track. Relatively close to the East Coast and quite cheap to get to, it features a great city completely surrounded by unspoiled natural wonders. 

Reykjavik is a convenient (and totally adorable) base. 

Andsurprise, surprisethere's a jeweler we'd like to pop in on.

Award-winning designer Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir (we also tried to sound it out) is based in the capital. Her shop, Aurum, features delicate Icelandic nature-inspired creations.

Venturing outside the country's largest city (though it's only home to 118,000 people), you'll encounter waterfalls,

other-worldly coastlines,

and, for such a cold country, a surprising number of swimming pools.

Though we haven't actually been, our favorite spot might just be Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. In case you haven't noticed by now, Icelandic names are pretty much impossible to pronounce. As a result, visitors have started referring to this dreamy locale by it's less formal name: "Sweet-Ass Mossy Canyon." 

Though not a direct translation, it does seem pretty accurate.