When the Duchess of Cambridge debuted her wedding gift from Camilla, I was instantly in love. The simple gold chain was delicately adorned with a single, dangling charm. The classic round charm was engraved with Catherine’s new monogram – a C topped with a crown.She was no longer “Kate Middleton,” and this bracelet was a symbol of her new life as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
I LOVED it. I had to have one. I spent weeks scouring the internet for a replica, but all I could find was poor quality and poor replication. Nothing was quite right. So I decided to create my own piece that I could wear all the time. I wanted a piece that reminded me of the Princess I am, while still representing the individual person I have become. So, the search was on.
The first mission I went on was to find a chain I liked. My small, dainty wrists often look overpowered by most bracelets. Even an exact recreation of Kate’s bracelet would have been too bulky. So I tried on bracelet after bracelet after bracelet – chunky, thin, round, square, oval, and swirly until I finally found a piece that worked. In a small shop in Connecticut, I found the perfect bracelet – a small, delicate strand of oval rings connected by swirled disks. Small enough for my wrist, but bold enough to carry the charm. I selected a sterling silver bracelet because I felt I would wear it more often. Pick a chain that you love, whether it is a classic design or a funky mix of metals. This is YOUR bracelet, and you have to love it.
Then I searched for a charm that would work with the bracelet. I must have compared six different round discs, all within 1/8 of an inch of each other. Eventually I chose a 3/4 inch disc to be engraved. Select the disc that works best with your chain and your wrist. Don’t be afraid to test them all out!
Engraving was the biggest challenge. I wanted something SO SPECIFIC and it had to be perfect. Because I was replicating something, there was no room for error. After trying two private jewelers, I ended up at Things Remembered.
They were so kind and helpful, deciding between four different crowns and twelve difference C’s. Luckily, my name also starts with a C so the bracelet was truly a recreation. Even if your name is Samantha, or Amanda, or Kristen, the bracelet will look truly beautiful with your first initial. The girls at Things Remembered even offered to engrave the other side of the charm for free, so I threw in my monogram just for fun. You could leave the other side blank, or engrave your name. If you have a Prince Charming, it would be adorable to engrave the other side with his initial topped with his own crown.
About an hour later, I picked up my custom bracelet and could not wait to put it on and show it off. It is exactly what I wanted, and you will love yours too!
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