All in the Wrist

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Lifestyle Issue: October 2015
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“Most times, what we wear is a uniform of sorts,” says Jeanna McLaughlin, owner of Stone Creek Handmade. “Jewelry, wrist wear in particular, is a great way to express oneself within those confines.” McLaughlin and her husband Brad are among the dozens of Valley artisans crafting high-quality, handmade wrist ornamentations, from McLaughlin’s made-to-order, hand-dyed leather watch straps to Brad’s hand-cut and -engraved watches from his Æether Watch Co. label.

The power of the wrist transcends time and place, says Jennifer Gadek, owner of Casual Cuffs, a line of cuffs repurposed from leather belts. “From Cleopatra to Wonder Woman, cuffs have represented both style and strength,” Gadek says. “Historically, wearing cuffs has been more than simply a fashion choice; in ancient times, men wore cuffs during prayer and battle. Women have told me that they feel both a sense of balance and power when they wear a cuff.” We rounded up the best wrist candy in the Valley, from sturdy cuffs to delicate bangles.

1. Gina’s Original AZ
Bracelets crafted with
antique buttons, charms,
coins and more
ginasoriginalaz.com
$22-$28

2. Bliss at Pink House Boutique
Charms suspended on linen strings or leather cords
7009 N. 58th Ave., Glendale
623-298-4766, pinkhouseboutique.com
$6

3. Casual Cuffs
Leather cuffs embellished with coins, metals and gems
480-205-6723, casualcuffs.com
$28-$48

4. Twisted Sisters’ Designs
Hand-tooled metal bracelets
48 S. Robson, Mesa,
602-617-0997, twistedsistersdesigns.net
$28-$150

5. Æther Watch Co.
Hand-engraved watches crafted with fine metals and crystals
aetherwatches.com
From $1,350; free Stone Creek Handmade strap with the purchase of any watch

6. Stone Creek Handmade
Hand-sewn and -dyed exotic hide and leather watch straps
stonecreekstraps.com
From $120