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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Where I've Been - Jewellery Edition



I've wished for this bracelet for ages.

I had the picture in my mind, but it took me some time (and not a few Google searches) to find out what I needed to do to make it a reality.

The idea is simple - enamel flags representing every country I've visited, arranged in order of when I first went there:

flags bracelet

I bought the charms separately and linked them together - though Estonia and Mongolia are sufficiently obscure (apparently) that no-one actually makes the enamel charms, so I had to order custom ones from eBay.

They're made by various different companies, anyway, so at least those two don't really stand out as any more different than the others, though they are slightly more reflective.

flags bracelet

My full list of countries, in order, is:

Spain*, Austria, France*, Germany, Switzerland*, USA*, Ireland*, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Cuba, Sweden, Canada, Russia, Mongolia, China.

(asterisks indicate countries I've been more than once)


I also bought the charm for New Zealand, on the grounds that I'm going there next winter... nothing like being prepared! After that I'll have to order more as I visit different places.

I really love having a record of my travels around my wrist, and it's already sparked a few conversations with strangers.

21 comments:

liliannattel said...

What a wonderful idea! I've always been fascinated by Outer Mongolia. I don't know if I'll ever see it, but I have been to China.

Sarah said...

Fabulous idea and looks great too! A quick glance to your wrist and the memories are stirred. A passing comment by a stranger and a whole new chapter opens up. Such a great talking point.

I love that you've got New Zealand on there! Do drop me an e-mail if you are passing through Wellington! Would LOVE to meet up for a cuppa!

And if you keep traveling at the rate you've been doing, you'll have to have another bracelet made up for the other wrist!

Happy days and best wishes,

Sarah

Heather said...

Very cool idea! I love it - and you are quite well traveled! I'm very jealous :)

Louiz said...

That's lovely. I have a charm bracelet with traditional charms on, I must get it sorted out - one of them is too heavy and bangs me on the thumb which makes it numb:(

A Scattering said...

What a cool idea! A perfect momento of your travels. Thanks for posting about this idea, I'm sure other people will pick up on it.

Jeanne said...

Very cool!

erin - heart in ireland said...

wow, that is such a fabulous idea! where did you find the little flags?

:)

Si's blog said...

It is a fabulous idea. But even more fabulous is the world travel excursions that took you to all these places.

Chef E said...

Your brilliant! I must see that on your wrist in a few weeks, so I can gawk at it...make a fuss, and now I want one...did I say Brilliant?

Toni said...

What an original idea - good for you, that's brilliant! Talk about a conversation starter at dinner.

flower said...

Thats such an amazing record, I love it

Kim said...

That is an amazing idea. How about starting a business for other travellers?

LadyFi said...

That's a great idea!

Sanghi said...

This is a lovely idea! Looks great!

Doreen said...

wonderful idea! how lucky you have been to do all of this traveling and seeing the world. bracelet is lovely!

mangocheeks said...

It's a lovely momentum for a well travelled lady.

marfmom said...

How neat! You MUST add Brasil to that list!!! :-)

BLOGitse said...

hahaa, I can see it, you've been to Finland! Good girl! :)

Merry SITSmas and Christmas from Cairo!

Karen said...

That is SUCH a great idea! Now I have a new mission! And I'm more than a little jealous of all the places you've been.

Visiting from SITS. I hope you had a lovely holiday!

Hear Mum Roar said...

That is a fantastic idea! All the more reason to travel more

CaityJo said...

Can you tell me where you ordered the France, Germany, USA, Ireland, and Italy flag charms from? I have a italian charm bracelet and would love to add these charms

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