I sell to a lot of small gift shops in temples and they are always asking me to make something more affordable. Ok, cheaper-but with the same style and quality all my pieces. So last month I was tinkering around in the studio, trying to come up with another great Bat Mitzvah gift. I remembered that my daughters always come home from camp with an arm load of friendship bracelets, that they made or traded. The bracelets stay on until they inevitably fall apart, and off. They are really cool and a bit bohemian. I really like them, so I see do many high end jewelry designer, so why not make a Jewish version.
I found a great American made company that makes leather cording in great colors. I designed a bunch of silver charms, a chai, star, heart, hamsa and a shalom charm. After a lot of experimentation I decided on a double strap design with a silver button closure.
I'm still experimenting on the colors I should offer. I've showed them to a couple shops and they have really liked them. So Im making more and will have them on had for the URJ show in San Diego in December.
They are about $32-$34 retail.