Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Last-minute Christmas gifts: a stocking filler for the girls

Alex & Ani is a new brand to Ireland, stocked in Arnotts’ brand spanking new jewellery hall, and making a serious impression on savvy Christmas shoppers. These bangles are made in America from recycled eco materials and they are all …

Sun, Dec 23, 2012, 14:30

   

Alex & Ani is a new brand to Ireland, stocked in Arnotts’ brand spanking new jewellery hall, and making a serious impression on savvy Christmas shoppers. These bangles are made in America from recycled eco materials and they are all different, from birthstones to saints (Christopher, Anthony and Mary), philosophical and religious symbols to beads. The idea is that you stack ‘em up, creating your own mix of personalised bracelets – a neat idea that I think the Man Repeller would be proud of.

The best thing about these bracelets is that they’re not mega expensive! I often find that brands that encourage you to pile things on are basically telling you to go out and spend €500 on their range; while that could (fairly easily, I’d imagine) be done at Alex & Ani, the range starts at €26 for the runes (the bottom symbol in the pic above is the Path of Life, representing the many winding roads we go on without a clear sense of a final destination and it reminds me of the Neverending Story book), up to €41 for a beaded bangle, and all the way up to €84 for a stack of seven (I think) plain metal bangles.

I’m currently on six, four gold and two silver, and have a few more on my list: the Path of Life symbol, all of the saints and a few more plain and beaded ones! I’d like to stack them way up my arm, Erin Wasson-style. (The other great thing is that they all open by means of this adjusting band, so they fit everyone.)

Full disclosure: I am an Alex & Ani brand ambassador. What does that mean? I’m involved in hosting a few small events for the brand, basically! But rest assured, I would never (a) become brand ambassador for a brand I didn’t love and (b) I would never blog about something because I’m being paid to. Any questions? Holler at me: rmaccabe@irishtimes.com

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