Britt’s Pick: Enamel Elephant Bangle by Hatai Jewelry



And so, my continued affection for the elephant continues, with a new jewel to add to a growing list of needs and wants.

From Hatai Jewelry, this vermeil bangle bracelet is regally adorned with a tusked elephant duo, their golden trunks detailed with enamel tiles and their ears painted creamy white. The bracelet is hinged for ease of wear, so it can slip effortlessly on any wrist, or even somewhere further up the arm if you’d like.

Bangle bracelets are experiencing a high, if the street fashion spotted at New York Fashion Week is any indication, and this bracelet works well with the current iteration of how to wear them: a single, relatively slim bangle, worn a little higher up the forearm—or, a small, modest stack comprised of two or three pieces.

If it were to be worn in a stack, this bracelet would be the worthy centerpiece. Its hand-painted enamel pattern—remember how of-the-moment enamel is?—is evocative of exotic tile work, made all the more glorious with the addition of oval-shape cabochon rubies. It’s the kind of piece you want to photograph and want even more to wear. I can see it blissfully between bookends of slim golden bangles or worn alone with a slinky black dress for an evening out.

Founded in 1989, Hatai Jewelry is a Bangkok-based manufacturer that currently does business throughout Asia and Europe, but, according to its website, is exploring new opportunities to expand its market (the company will exhibit at the upcoming JIS Miami October Show in Miami Beach, Fla.).

If you’re in the market for enamel pieces, they’re worthy of a visit if you plan to be at the show. Or, visit them online at hataijewelry.com.

Top image: Open bangle bracelet in sterling silver and 22k yellow gold with hand-painted enamel and natural ruby cabochons, price on request