Embedded in each of Alexandra Abraham’s bangles are objects she collected herself, from pebbles and shells discovered in her childhood beach trips, jewels from friends and family, vintage brooches, coins, bijoux, buttons and beads to glass fragments found on the Thames Foreshore and faux pearls. These objects, some cherished and appreciated, others discarded and forgotten, give her jewelry line character. Each piece has therefore not only a background story, a history, with mementos from around the world and from different times, but also creates a familiarity with the artist. Old and lost become new and beautiful in these stand-out pieces.
Ms. Abraham earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Woven Textile Design from Loughborough College of Art and Design (now Loughborough University). Her jewelry line, with features bangles, brooches and necklaces has been exhibited around the world, including The Goldsmith’s Centre in London and One Heart One World 2002 an exhibition sponsored by Japanese Television that toured UK, USA and Japan. One of her most recent commissions is a Limited Edition collection of bangles for Anthropologie USA.

Bangle 70: china, glass, old clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, silver dragonfly, pebble from the beach in Nice, old beads, Victorian bun half-penny, shells

Bangle 70: china, glass, old clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, silver dragonfly, pebble from a beach in Nice, old beads, Victorian bun half-penny, shells

Bangle 18: blue china, clay pipe stem from the Thames Foreshore, Venetian glass, metal button with shield insignia, shell, brass segment from vintage bangle

Bangle 18: blue china, clay pipe stem from the Thames Foreshore, Venetian glass, metal button with shield insignia, shell, brass segment from vintage bangle

Bangle 71: china, old pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, beads, old Limoges china from the artist’s next door neighbor in France, button from the artist mother's button box, shells, beads, jewel, vintage French coin

Bangle 71: china, old pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, beads, old Limoges china from the artist’s next door neighbor in France, button from the artist mother’s button box, shells, beads, jewel, vintage French coin

Bangle 83: old key, mother of pearl wing, vintage diamante earring, British coin, old silver brooch, clay pipe stem, chandelier crystal from the forgotten rubbish tips of Hampstead Heath, faux pearls, Venetian glass, shells

Bangle 83: old key, mother of pearl wing, vintage diamante earring, British coin, old silver brooch, clay pipe stem, chandelier crystal from the forgotten rubbish tips of Hampstead Heath, faux pearls, Venetian glass, shells

Bangle 44: brass segment from vintage bangle, blue china, clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, French coin, pink china fragment, shell, bow shaped button, pebble from the beach in Nice, bamboo shaped bead, mother of pearl disc, Venetian glass

Bangle 44: brass segment from vintage bangle, blue and pink china, clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, French coin, shell, bow shaped button, pebble from a beach in Nice, bamboo shaped bead, mother of pearl disc, Venetian glass

Bangle 69: shells, china and clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, French coin

Bangle 69: shells, china and clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, French coin

Bangle 65: shells, old earring, china from Hampstead Heath, George VI half-penny, clay pipe stems, china from the Thames Foreshore, buttons, Venetian glass

Bangle 65: shells, old earring, china from Hampstead Heath, George VI half-penny, clay pipe stems, china from the Thames Foreshore, buttons, Venetian glass

Bangle 72: china, glass, fragment of scallop shell, old clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, jewels

Bangle 72: china, glass, fragment of scallop shell, old clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, jewels

Bangle 111: brass amulet from Vietnam, silver coin with bird image, mother of pearl button, old china, shell, Venetian glass, Chinese facsimile coin, semi precious stones, Venetian glass

Bangle 111: brass amulet from Vietnam, silver coin with bird image, mother of pearl button, old china, shell, Venetian glass, Chinese facsimile coin, semi precious stones, Venetian glass

Bangle 67: shells, silver Winnie the Pooh charm, clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, buttons, Venetian glass

Bangle 67: shells, silver Winnie the Pooh charm, clay pipe stems from the Thames Foreshore, buttons, Venetian glass

*Courtesy of the artist


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Embedded in each of Alexandra Abraham’s bangles are objects she collected herself, from pebbles and shells discovered in her childhood beach trips, jewels from friends and family, vintage brooches, coins, bijoux, buttons and beads to glass fragments found on the Thames Foreshore and faux pearls. These objects, some...