The Yearly Bangle Tradition
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.
After years of struggling to find a reliable source to provide quality pieces, I took matters into my own hands (literally). While pregnant with my second daughter, I took a metal smithing class my alma mater, Vanderbilt University. Fascinated by the process, I spent months learning how to create gold bangles and the rest is history.
What started as an anniversary bangle tradition in my family has grown into celebrating the milestones in your life with meaningful jewelry.