The Language of Bangles

How it all began...

The women in my Moroccan family have a wonderful tradition of adorning each other with bangle bracelets as a way to mark special occasions in our lives.  On my tenth birthday, I was given my very first bangle by my mother.  To this day, I remember how special I felt every time I looked at that gleaming band of gold on my wrist.

Through the years, I was gifted more beautiful bracelets, some several generations old.  Following our tradition, the women who gave me my bangles did not wrap them as you normally would wrap a gift. Instead, they lovingly slipped them from their wrists to mine.  I love the way they jingle on my wrist, reminding me of each special occasion. Eventually, I took my very American boyfriend to Marrakech, and while there, he added to my collection.  On the day I married Ken, I had 7 beautiful bangles, each one with its own history.

I have since given bangles to people that I love on special moments in their lives.  I saved the two that belonged to my grandmothers for my daughters Sophia & Chloé. The love and blessings these bangles symbolize have always touched me, and for years I have been looking for a way to pay homage to this tradition.

In designing our bangle collection, I wanted to take it a step further and imbue them with additional symbolic meaning.  Each one comes with its own measure of love and goodwill.  Each has its own distinctive shape and texture. When worn together, they are a beautiful, sophisticated way of adorning yourself and those you love with hope and wishes for a good life.

Nathalie Sherman - Designer


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