From a distance, it looks like a unique and beautiful bracelet with a delicate sparkling texture set against a smoky background. Upon closer inspection, the texture is composed of lines of a poem that appear to rain down across the cuff. And up close, it's Emily Dickinson's poem of unrequited love, "I Cannot Live with You (640)" wrapped around your wrist. The words delicately emerge from a background that gradates from deep, brooding black to a scintillant, brushed gold. The typeset text is replicated from the New Oxford Book of American Verse.

The most unusual gift for book lovers, writers, and fans of Emily Dickinson or poetry, this Book Bracelet is solid bronze, handmade in my Ohio studio. It is perfect worn on its own, or as a part of an armful of stacked bracelets. This unique art artists statement bracelet is about one and one-half of an inch wide, and the length is designed for an average woman's wrist. It can be squeezed to suit a larger or smaller wrist.

I made this bracelet from scratch, starting with bronze sheet metal. I cut, filed and sanded the metal piece until it is smooth. Then I etch my text with electro etching to emboss the design into the metal. The piece is is then cleaned, filed, sanded, polished, patinated, formed into a cuff with a leather mallet and sealed with jeweler's lacquer – all by hand.


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Emily Dickinson Poem Cuff

I Cannot Live with You



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