The Tradition of the Yearly Bangle
Sixty years ago my grandfather, Stewart Simonson was looking for the perfect gift to give my grandmother, Mary Jane, for their anniversary. While living in Puerto Rico, he had became familiar with a Cuban tradition that gifted gold bangles to symbolize precious life moments. My grandfather embraced this tradition and gave my grand mother a gold bangle each year for their anniversary until her passing. In order to honor both Mary Jane and their beautiful tradition, he gifted her bangles to her five children with hopes they would adopt the tradition within their own marriages. And thus, the Simonson family tradition was created.
We began sharing the tradition with our close friends and extended family. We loved gifting the first bangle to a beautiful bride on her wedding day. However, its was always a struggle to find a reliable source for bangles that exuded the quality we were looking for.
While pregnant with my second daughter, I decided to take matters into my own hands, literally. I began taking a metal smithing class at my alma mater, Vanderbilt University. Fascinated by the process, I spent months learning how to create gold bangles.
Once I had mastered my craft and realized just how many bangles I was making each month, I set up an “unofficial-official” workshop in my home in Nashville, TN. I now have the honor of creating beautiful heirloom pieces for customers from all over the world.