With plenty of time at home, surfing the Internet, I’ve been searching for an equestrian-inspired cuff bracelet — one that was fun, but didn’t break the bank. When I saw this, I could just picture it on my wrist. What do I like about it? I’ve always had a soft spot for South Western art. I started by looking for a vintage Taxco bracelet, or maybe Navajo. The problem is, vintage bracelets are often quite small and the nice ones are quite expensive. My wrists are not petite and my lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to expensive jewelry.
This bracelet, designed by Cindy Hughes of Horse Lady Gifts on Etsy, is made of pewter. It has a nice finish, won’t tarnish, is a good weight (not too flimsy and not too heavy), is comfortable to wear and the whimsical Appaloosa galloping across my wrist makes me smile. All for $39. Note: After my fall I decided I would not wear jewelry that doesn’t release (see Rings and Riders Don’t Mix). A cuff bracelet is perfect, whereas a traditional bangle could cause problems.
Cindy Hughes writes on her Etsy page,
“I hand sculpt my jewelry first in clay, mold and then produce in pewter. Some of my designs I produce from my drawings as engravings and etch them into hand cast and rolled mirror polished pewter. All my work is made by me in my studio. I produce my handcrafted work for the finest collectors and clients across the USA. Horses and the creating of horse art is the passion of my life.“
The seller has a whole host of equestrian-inspired pewter jewelry, so if you are looking for a more formal design, check out her jewelry featuring dressage or jumpers. She has pendants, belt buckles and earings as well as cuffs. As for me, I smile whenever I look at that joyful spotted pony.