People sometimes ask if I have a favorite design from our &Co. line and while I hesitate to express any unjust favoritism (if I didn’t love a design, I wouldn’t make it!), I will admit that there is a particular piece that holds more meaning to me than the others…
Our Right Angle Bangle originated as a gift to me from Tim after the birth of our first child. He created a bangle that was thin enough to comfortably wear on a daily basis and its ovaline shape contoured perfectly with my arm so that I could hold our son without a more circular shape digging into my forearm. Wanting to make a bangle that was different from what I normally wore — our Thumbprint Bangle, if you are interested — he added a unique little right angle accent to the shape to give it some character. Then, because our son was born in July, he set a tiny little ruby on the inside of the right angle accent so that it would be my little “secret.” I’m a very private person so I especially loved the hidden quality of the ruby, that it’s set in a way that I could always see it but others couldn’t.
Because of its providence I have always thought of this design as my “Mama Bangle,” and I always show it to people when they ask about how they can create a deeply personal gift without creating something completely outlandish. I think that’s what we specialize in overall, to be honest. Creating thoughtful, unique pieces that our clients treasure for a lifetime (and then some). My husband fellow Alx&Co. owner Tim, with his empathetic soul and skill with design, perfectly encapsulates this approach with every piece he makes. So, this Mother’s Day, I’m paying homage to my “Mama Bangle” and invite you to share which gifts have been the most meaningful to you. We would love to hear your stories!
Alexandria & Company is an Old Town-based workshop and design studio specializing in creating and restoring fine jewelry and silver hollowware. They are the in-the-know jewelers of Alexandria and have been serving clients out of their small workshop for decades. Tucked in their historic building on South Royal Street, the team at Alx&Co. brings a personalized, modern approach to their craft – this is not your average stodgy jeweler or antique shop. Visit them during their walk-in hours or online to view their collection of handmade fine jewelry or to drop off a repair project; or, if you’re feeling creative, make an appointment to talk about that custom design project you’ve been imagining.
121-B South Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Design Studio Walk-In Hours (all jewelry services): Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm
Silver Workshop Walk-In Hours (all silver repair and restoration services): Wednesday or Friday 12-6pm, or by appointment
Appointments encouraged for custom design.