California Vacation Charm Bracelet

by Liz Juneau.
(Alexandria, Louisiana, USA)

Two of my life loves are travel and jewelry making and I was able to combine both in this project. My boyfriend and I take summer motorcycle trips. For the last four summers, we have traveled to various areas of the United States and it is truly the trip, not the destination that has made these vacations memorable.

This year we rode the Pacific Coast Hwy. in California and explored other areas of that state such as wine country as well as Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.

I wanted a memento of the places we traveled, so I designed my own Vacation Charm Bracelet. The elements include a wine cork from a bottle of Luna Vineyards Sangiovese from Napa Valley.

I cut the cork in four parts where the letters were stamped on one side, LUNA, and the date, 2008, on the other. I Modpodged the same letters and numbers to the flat side of the cork pieces.

I added a medal I purchased from Mission San Luis Obispo de Toloso, one of the many missions we visited in California. Then for color and to represent the different scenery, a shell bead for the beach and jasper beads for the mountains and forest, as well as Globe turquoise for the Southwest and the desert.

A motorcycle charm seemed a fitting finish. They dangle on a sterling silver link chain. It is a bracelet that makes me happy when I wear it. I would love to create other charm/vacation/memento bracelets for customers.

Liz Juneau
Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau

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  • Cat Slavin says:

    What a great idea and clever way to capture what sounds like a great vacation.

    You’ve given me an idea . . . . I’m surrounded by vineyards that attract a lot of tourists and locals alike. I’ve been trying to think of something for their gift shops . . . This afternoon, I used your idea of making charms out of slices of the wine bottle corks from my favorite vineyard. I can hardly wait to put the bracelet together so I can drop by to see what they think of it.

  • That’s very cool, great job and great idea!

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