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All Hands: Jewelry to Get a Grip On


Let’s face it: Over the last year or more, hands have been considered kind of gross. Even our own, when and if we ventured out, became a trap for germs and didn’t feel safe until they were doused in sanitizer. And don’t even get me started on how we’ve worried about the things others’ hands have touched.

Pamela Love hand pendant
Heart in hand pendant in 14k yellow gold with ruby, $650; Pamela Love
Sorellina Le Mani hand earrings
Le Mani hand huggie earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.23 ct. t.w. turquoise, 0.06 ct. t.w. emerald, and 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,400; Sorellina

“Wash your hands!” “Don’t touch your face!” “Wear gloves!” “Keep your nails short!” While we’ve spent much of the pandemic focused on covering our faces in public, our hands have been publicly pummeled, too. Long gone are the days of handshakes, to be replaced by elbow taps or, even better, polite nods or waves from across the room.

Clara Stones Orlando hand charm
Orlando’s hand lucky charm pendant in 18k yellow gold with red coral, €1,650 ($2,017); Clara Stones
Samantha Slater handle necklace
You Can Handle This necklace in brass and sterling silver with rough diamond, $85; Samantha Slater Studio

Those days aren’t in the rearview mirror just yet (and handwashing is just a good hygiene tip anytime, frankly), but what we’ve learned about this virus has taken the pressure off the things we touch (just a bit), as we instead focus on the air we breathe.

Established Claddagh ring
Claddagh ring in 14k yellow gold, $2,475; Established
Jock Favour Reaching Hands cuff
Reaching Hands cuff bracelet in sterling silver, $225; Jock Favour

And so, let’s take a moment for our hands, shall we? There’s been a noticeable trend in jewelry featuring the likeness of the hand—and though this trend isn’t spurred by the pandemic, we can find a way to relate it the pandemic, should we choose to. Our hands are the ultimate tools of our lives, our opposable thumbs giving us the power to do things so many other beings can’t. “You’re in good hands,” “Lend a hand,” “I wanna hold your hand”—think of how comforting and even romantic just the mention of a hand can be.

LAtelier Nawbar hand pendant
Hand-painted hand pendant in 18k yellow gold with enamel and diamond, $1,050; L’Atelier Nawbar
Fraser Hamilton Rainbow hand ring
Rainbow ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.7 ct. tourmaline, £1,972 ($2,795); Fraser Hamilton Jewellery

We use our hands to communicate: with sign language; with a wave to say hello, a thumbs up to communicate pleasure, a thumbs down—or perhaps the middle finger—to display, uh, displeasure.

Anthony Lent Adorned Hands stud earrings
Adorned Hands stud earrings in 18k yellow gold, $920; Anthony Lent
Jessie V E hand necklace
Keep Safe Co. charm holder in 18k yellow gold, $2,102; Jessie V E

Our hands have the power to destroy and create, and in this industry, perhaps that’s the most powerful idea of all: how precise, talented hands have given us such incredible bejeweled gifts. And of course, many jewelers concern themselves with hands when they create, be it an engagement ring or a bracelet.

Jenny Norman Charming Victoria pendant
Charming Victoria pendant in 14k yellow gold with 0.015 ct. diamond, $1,295; Jenny Norman

So purchasing jewelry that celebrates the hand doesn’t seem such a unique notion. Spiritually, hands are celebrated as symbols of strength and power (the hamsa being perhaps the most iconic cultural symbol of protection), but on a personal level, we should stop to appreciate them on a regular basis, because hands are indeed one of the most miraculous things about us. So long as we keep them clean.

Top: Hand-drawn hand motif earrings in sterling silver and polysterol with sweetwater pearls, €120 ($147); Anzu

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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