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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!

 

 

#jewelspiration: Matilde Poulat

Mexican jeweler Matilde Poulat opened her own silver workshop in the 1930's, producing substantial, yet intricate pieces.

Poulat adopted the name "Matl," (the Aztec word for "water") for her work.

Despite becoming one of Mexico's most influential designers, she first trained as a painter (sound familiar?) 

Her detailed designs often include turquoise and coral accents. 

Even today, more than fifty years after her death, jewelers still look to the Matl style.

Each tiny silver spiral was fashioned by hand, each stone hand set.

Maybe the most interesting part of Poulat's story? As far as anyone knows, there are no existing photographs of her.

Despite her famously whimsical creations and design legacy, no one knows exactly when she was born or what she looked like.