Almost 60 years ago my grandfather, Stewart Simonson gave my grandmother, Mary Jane, a simple gold bangle to commemorate their wedding anniversary and a meaningful and lasting family tradition was created. After her passing, Stewart gifted Mary Jane's bracelets to her five children for them to continue the custom in their own marriages. And the tradition was embraced by the next generation of Simonsons.
We have shared this anniversary bracelet tradition with family and friends by gifting the first bangle to a bride on her wedding day for her spouse to add to each year. And now our hand made anniversary bangles are available to anyone wanting to create their own family tradition.
Each gold bangle represents a year of marriage. The perfect gift. Year after year.
Meet the Maker:
ANN (SIMONSON) WILLIAMS
The women in our family were searching for a reliable and quality source for our traditional 14k gold bangles. While pregnant with my second child, I took a metal working class at my alma mater, Vanderbilt University. I was fascinated by the skill and science involved in metalsmithing and spent months learning and practicing how to solder gold. I now have a home studio in Nashville where I create each and every Yearly bangle by hand, carrying on a piece of our family's history. I love to include new brides in our tradition as they begin their own stack. I also enjoy helping women create special bracelet collections to signify years of marriage or special events in their lives.
It's never too late to start a Yearly collection.
Photo courtesy of Brooke Boling Photography