The other day Nad of HugsXHearts asked me exactly how many bracelets I have. I jokingly answered “ONE MILLION!” But then I started thinking about it. I might actually have one million bracelets. It’s more than a bit obscene. See the pic above? That’s them. About a million seems right, right? Anyway the thing with my collection is most all are gifts (one exception being the albatross ivory bangle). Each has a story and special significance. Most are from my dad and with his death I find even cooking the pasta from his pantry breaks my heart. I am foolishly sentimental with everything so I could never give away or sell any of my collection.
“But Margaret,” you might be saying, “I have definitely seen bracelets on your wrist that are not in that lot of one million bracelets.”
Well, you would be right. When I buy myself a bracelet (most always second hand) it is with the knowledge that I am the temporary guardian of it. It’s the capitalist in me, I suppose. I buy books with the intent to sell them back to the second hand store. Ditto clothing. Ditto jewelry. The great thing with owning a store, I can sell these items more easily than most people.
Also with a collection it somehow feels like cheating to just go out and buy an item. That makes it too easy. I have maybe 3 Hermes bangles that I bought for myself. Those 3 leave me with an empty feeling because there is no story to them.
Do you have a collection? What does it mean to you? How do you go about adding to it? I know Nad’s got some rings galore.
These 3 bangles were the beginning. Very 80’s, very blue and red and gold, gently worn and bequeathed to me from mom who also loves the bangles. I treasure them and usually feel obliged to wear the trio together.
Btw. Title is a quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
My dad has the habit of buying me the GM size, so I frequently exchange the one he’s given me for the right size. Sometimes, like this recent Christmas, Hermes is an utter mad house when I arrive so instead of special ordering the exact same pattern I’ll swap for something they have in stock.
My secret fancy collection? Hermes enamel bracelets (petite modele). It all started when I inherited my mother’s trio of bracelets from the 80’s. Two horse profiles in red and blue and a blue chain link skinny bracelet in blue. She’s now a GM and these three are too small for her.
It was a down hill (and expensive) slope from there. Now I’m guessing I have about 20 to 25 total. I usually receive one on my birthday and one on Christmas, then I stalk them on eBay, and occasionally spend a bonus on a new pattern. I love the color and the click clack they make on my arm. But what other patterns are there? I wish Hermes published a catalog for myself and the other collector’s out there. Good lord, there must be other collector’s out there. Am I in this alone?
So here is my collection. I will add the various patterns I have collected and showcase them paired with each other and other bangles that I own. Please let me know the French names of the patterns that I may not know.