From earthquakes in California to a mess of rained-out events, Mother Nature saw to it that this year’s Independence Day was an unforgettable one—though not necessarily for the right reasons.
That didn’t stop people from taking to social media to celebrate, though, since it doesn’t really matter what the weather has in store when your revels are online. Recuperating from an outage the previous day, Instagram sprang back to life in shades of red, white, and blue.
Some jewelers celebrated the fact that their creations are made right here in the USA—an important feature for many of today’s consumers, who wish to shop locally and with minimal impact on our earth.
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Happy Declaration of Independence Approved by Congress Day! Or Fourth of July as we call it. In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776. But it was on July 4, 1776 that Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It wasn't actually signed until August 2, 1776. The closure of the America Lock is lapis with cachalong (a form of opal) stars, and the lapis is set in a haphazard, broken fashion—on purpose. A reminder that we are not perfect; there are cracks in the glittery surface of our beloved ‘American Dream.’ Also a reminder that nothing is perfect but it is our story. Conceived in 2016. Set aside for a bit and then completed in June, 2019. #Americalock. #fourthofjuly #independenceday Photo @margeauxwalter Art Direction @savvystudio
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Happy 4th of July! We're celebrating Independence Day by starting a new chapter of our ongoing pledge to support the @aclu_nationwide and their fight to protect our rights. And we here at MJM believe ALL people should have equal rights. To help is simple. All you need to do is check the box during checkout, and we'll donate on your behalf! Thank you for joining us in support of all of our freedoms. Note: both CA and NY stores will also be closed today and will be open tomorrow from 12-6p. #EqualRights #IndependenceDay
Others offered poignant thoughts on the holiday with wishes for our country and its future, as well as stories of coming to America and achieving their dreams—anecdotes that spark hope in a time that, for many, feels grim and unstable.
And then there was the red, white, and blue—incarnated in jewelry, the best form of all. Collections of jewels showcasing the colors of the flag, single pieces set with the patriotic color trio, and star jewelry, a highly in-demand icon these days, set to a backdrop of stripes.
However you celebrated, here’s hoping it was a safe, fun, and memorable holiday for you. Now, we enter the thick of summer, a quick-as-a-flash period of time that will see its evolution into fall before you know it. Now’s the time to take those vacations, plan your late-summer store events, and start taking stock of what’s big for fall. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Top image via: @bachendorfs