I gave myself a very special Christmas gift this year. A bracelet. Not just any bracelet, it’s a bracelet that the famous French jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels made in l970. I was too young to be interested in jewelry then, but I saw one of these bracelets many years later, and have seen a few since at vintage jewelers, and because they are so rare, and were a limited edition, and have become a collectors’ item, they were out of my budget. A few months ago, my daughter who is the fashion editor of a magazine told me she had read about it, and that Van Cleef was making another limited edition of the famous bracelet, at a normal price, not the price I’d seen over the years in fancy vintage stores. And I called the store in Paris and immediately ordered one for me, and for each of my daughters. (Once again, it’s a limited edition, and I believe there are between 50 and 100 being made, and they won’t make any more after that). It’s not a fancy, jazzy bracelet, there are no diamonds on it. It’s a beautiful, very simple bracelet with a great message on it, kind of a good luck charm. I’ve always wanted it, and I love both art and jewelry that involves words, or a message. (I have a wonderful gold link bracelet with one word engraved on each link, like ‘love’, ‘laughter’, ‘harmony’, ‘friendship’, all the good things in life that make us happy.)

The Van Cleef bracelet is simple and beautiful. It’s a bangle bracelet made of wood (ebony or 2 different kinds of dark brown wood) with 4 little gold oval plaques on it, and in French it says “To be lucky, you have to believe in luck”. I LOVE that message, and the simple wood bracelet. It’s such a great reminder to have a positive outlook in life and really believe that good things can happen to you. (I put mine on in the store, and have worn it everyday and everywhere since). I am soooooo excited about this bracelet, and owning it, after so many years of wanting it!!! I hope it will be my lucky charm, and one for my daughters too!!!

Love, Danielle

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  1. jean January 15, 2013 8:05 am

    What a wonderful gift to your daughters AND
    YOURSELF-a gift to last for generations.
    Think you are a very special mom. Thank you for sharing this with those of us who enjoy your
    books so much.

  2. Caroline January 17, 2013 10:12 pm

    Très chère Danielle,
    Je me permets de vous écrire ce mot en français avec l’espoir qu’il saura attirer votre attention au travers de tous les autres. Il y a maintenant plus d’une semaine que je résiste à cette force qui me pousse à communiquer avec vous pour que vous sachiez que même 24 ans plus tard, le courage et l’amour de maman qui vous avaient alors permis de trouver la force d’écrire, touchent et inspirent toujours au-delà des frontières; que ce récit touchant fait toujours sont chemin et tombe entre les mains de personnes qui en ont besoin sans meme savoir qu’il a ete écrit. Un peu comme si ce livre poursuivait sa propre mission.
    Habituellement je choisis mes bouquin (business, psy, suspence, fashion) mais cette fois le livre m’a definitivement choisit. J’étais à la bourre, mais avais promis à ma fille d’encourager l’école en lui permettant d’acheter des livres usagés qu’elle avait choisis à la foire. Je l’attendais sur le pas de la porte perdue dans mes pensées quand une photo a attiré mon regard… “Comme il ressemble à mon frère”! Ce bouquin est reparti avec moi et je l’ai devorer en 3 jours. Le choc fut d’avoir l’impression de lire une partie de notre histoire.
    Par la suite j’ai voulu en savoir plus sur l’auteure, cette femme qui a toute mon admiration et respect, pour decouvrir une personne qui me rapelle…moi! Je ne crois plus au hasard. Alors, simplement merci. Si un jour vous passez par Québec, peut-etre aurais-je le bonheur de pouvoir vous rencontrer le temps d’un thé et de vous raconter…
    Caroline (o:

  3. Kate January 18, 2013 9:05 am

    That’s so sweet! I’m a 29 year old female, and my mom gave me a ring about several years ago now and I never take it off.. it’s a simple silver band, with a few small diamonds and blue gems, very understated yet classy. She has the same one, and we both wear it on our ring fingers (me on my right hand, and she doubled it with her own wedding ring). I LOVE It – beyond the jewelry itself it’s the SYMBOL it represents.. it’s my MOM & her love. She lives in the Bay Area and I’m down in LA, so it’s nice to have a token with me at all times. And while this may sound cheesy, whenever I’m in pain or upset, sometimes I’ll look down at the ring and it will give me strength and make me feel better… as if my mom is working her “Mom magic” through the ring!

    I’m so happy to hear that you shared the bracelets with your daughters, and I’m sure they will find as much joy with them as I did the ring. It’s a wonderful thing for a mother/daughter to do.

  4. mike reid January 18, 2013 4:05 pm

    Hi Danielle – I admire bracelets too. I once ordered a custom gold bracelet(David Yurman)style from (Shreves-SF) & they had it made in New York. It was a beautiful wrapped wire gold bracelet made to perfection.I’m a carpenter & this wood bracelet that you got sounds wonderful – very intriguing – with the different kinds of wood (ebony) and oval plaques.I love the message too!!!I once gave my brother a wooden tie (hahaha)for a gift–it actually was a beautiful work of art made out of exotic tropical wood pcs.that he could wear. it looked great- Peace Mike

  5. Judith Patterson January 20, 2013 8:55 pm

    Dear,dear Danielle, I am so happy to have come across your blog. I have been trying to find a way to connect with you again and none of my contact information is current. I hope you will email me privately. In the meantime, congratulations on your lovely gift to yourself. You are very “lucky!” I send my love.

  6. khanhnguyenthituyet February 4, 2013 3:50 pm

    tôi rất yêu thích mọi tác phẩm của daniestell chúc bà khẻe nhân dịp năm mới , sáng tác nhiều tiểu thuyết hay