By Guest Blogger Tammy Stang of Score More Sports Collectibles
A few months ago, I traveled to my home state of Rhode Island to visit my mother in the hospital. I stayed for a week and my father and I practically lived there. One take away I had from my time up there was a fascination with a brand of jewelry called Alex and Ani. These charmed bangles were worn by almost all of the nurses as well as my family members who came to visit that week. I decided to learn more about Alex and Ani during my visit to Rhode Island, as my curiosity peaked with the popularity of these bangles.
The company was founded in Rhode Island in 2004. Their mission statement focuses on designing jewelry that ”adorns the body, enlightens the mind and empowers the spirit”. Their products are made from recycled materials made entirely in the United States. They use metal scraps from local metal refineries and turn them into beautiful pieces of artistically crafted jewelry. Each piece of jewelry has a card with an inspirational annotation which is specifically focused to each individual charm design. The bangles have a very unique design that is completely adjustable. I have a very small wrist and it is difficult for me to find a bangles that don’t slide off. This design allows for easy and flexible adjusting for all sizes. And you don’t have a cumbersome clasp to deal with.
The founder of the company, Carolyn Rafaelian, shares many of my own core values. She has kept family in focus, naming the business after her children. She has a strong focus on preserving the environment by establishing a partnership with the local metal refineries. This partnership also establishes her strong sense of belief in keeping business in the United States – a dominant topic and strong selling point in today’s economic state. And lastly with our hustle and bustle of our daily lives, who wouldn’t want something with a positive energy focus to boost our morale and enlighten our spirit? As Rafaelian would say, “Take the inner journey, the rewards are great.”
My husband and I decided to bring this line of jewelry to our store, Score More Sports Collectibles, in Winston Salem and to introduce a trend which is currently growing rapidly in the New England and New York areas. Since we are a sports-themed store, we were pleased to be able to develop a relationship with Alex and Ani as they begin their own expansion into the sports focused line. Beginning later this month in April, we will carry the major league sports logos as charms on these unique bangles. In addition we will offer bangles with color coordinating crystals and beads to accompany the single bangle charms. The bangles worn in sets are very attractive.
If you are interested in learning more about Alex and Ani bangles and charms, visit Score More Sports Collectibles located in the Harper Hills Common Shopping Center near Harris Teeter (by the Peacehaven and Country Club intersection). Score More Sports retails unique college and pro sports gifts for the home and office. We also carry authentic autographed memorabilia and a great selection of sports cards. Most of our products are not found in nearby stores and are unique to the Triad. I am personally thrilled to begin our fashion line using Alex and Ani as our initial endeavor and offer products that allow women to fashionably show off their team pride! Sports fashion has definitely evolved.