I actually received my first two gold bangles from my mother-in-law, and they were her own. Soon after, I had my arm unfortunately slammed in a door, and so one of them bears a bit of a war dent across one side, but now it's more of a mark of distinction. The next bangle came from my husband, a delicate filigree design direct from the gold souk in Jeddah (it wouldn't have survived the door), given to me as a bit of a "thanks for waiting for me" gift while he was off on post to the magic Kingdom. And then two more were given to me on my wedding day, also gold but this time with a light pattern from wedding guests and delivered straight from Iran. I hadn't been expecting them - as I hadn't been expecting any jewelry on my wedding day (save for the ceremony band of course), but it's an Iranian tradition I took to warmly and it's how I acquired some of my most favorite pieces to this day.
I like to wear the bangles all together since they remind me of family and happy occassions, but when the occassion calls for it I wear them separately as well. I read once in an interview that Anjelica Huston collects bangles, and while she has nearly 70, she can remember who gave her each one and for which occasion. It seems like a nice way to mark the passing of life's milestones, both big and small.
The collection of bangles from Ippolita makes me want to add to the stack, but I guess I'll have to earn them!
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