My Grandmother's Baubles

Anyone that’s been following me for any amount of time, knows that I love my grandmother more than words can say. I know, you’re thinking, “doesn’t everyone love their grandmother that much?” But, no. Mine was my babysitter for my entire childhood. I literally have never had a babysitter other than my grandparents (let’s be real, my Gran).


My parents were fairly young when they had me, 27, and they had a standing date night each Friday night. I spent these Friday nights at my grandparents every weekend. When I got older and played competitive soccer, they traveled all around the United States watching me play. Even in college, they came up to Indiana to watch me play division 1 soccer. Needless to say, I spent many a night, day, weekend… weeks with them and my Gran is especially dear to my heart.


When my gran was in her forties, we almost lost her for the first time to breast cancer. I say the first, because she was later diagnosed with skin cancer too, though that case wasn’t as serious as the breast cancer scare. After having a lumpectomy, going through months and months of radiation, and being cleared for breast cancer - she was diagnosed with skin cancer. But, she beat that too. I understand all too well that I could have lost her at any of these points in time - I lost my other (paternal) grandmother to pancreatic cancer when I was just 11.


My Gran turned 80 in January and I wanted to give her something special to honor her and her battles that she faced and most importantly overcame. As if it were meant to be, the same week I started looking for a birthday present, I stumbled upon Luca + Danni on Instagram. Luca + Danni not only has stunning jewelry, but what struck me is that they also give back in major ways. Founded in 2013, when his younger brother Danny died at 33 from cancer, the company gives back to cancer research under its L + D Cares division. This really struck a chord with me due to my family's health history, so I reached out. Luca + Danni are true to their mission and have such gracious hearts. To say I've been converted into a loyal customer is an understatement.


If you read one of my first posts on accessories and why I like bauble-type jewelry (you can still read it here!), you'll realize its because I grew up playing with my grandmother's baubles. Luca + Danni remind me of those baubles I played with as a child.


The team at Luca + Danni were kind enough to gift me these three gorgeous bracelets for her birthday present and I am so thankful!! She was quite overwhelmed when she opened the package - I had to mail these to her due to living three hours away and COVID. While the vaccine is being disseminated, neither one of us are prepared to come into contact until we've both had our vaccines and have been cleared. For Christmas everyone in my family got tested for COVID the day before - we've been so careful, there's no use in getting it now!


I chose this specific bracelet stack for one very important reason: five dollars ($5.00) from the sale of each of the Mini Hudson Bangle Bracelet in Pink Ombre is donated to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. [Wanna give back MORE? This Stack gives back up to $15!] The other two bracelets in this stack are the Baroque Crystal Pearl Bangle Bracelet and the Dylan Bangle Bracelet in Vintage Rose. You can always mix and match your own at Luca + Danni, but they also have pre-selected sets that go together perfectly if you can’t decide which gorgeous bracelet to put with the next!

I had to mail my Gran her present due to COVID - while the vaccine is being disseminated, neither one of us are prepared to come into contact until we've both had our vaccines and have been cleared. For Christmas everyone in my family got tested for COVID the day before - we've been so careful, there's no use in getting it now!


The bangles I picked for my Gran are:

  • Mini Hudson Bangle Bracelet in Pink Ombre - Each piece features pink ombre Swarovski® crystals (baguette crystals in Light Rose, Rose + Crystal with hanging ribbon charm) and a dangling ribbon charm and $5 from the sale of each of these bangles is donated to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

  • Baroque Crystal Pearl Bangle Bracelet - This bracelet comes with Baroque Swarovski® crystal pearls, which are larger and rougher than your average pearl.

  • Dylan Bangle Bracelet in Vintage Rose - This bracelet is a simple bangle with a pink (vintage rose) gemstone, capping off the breast cancer themed stack I created to honor my gran.


I also got my own stack so that my Gran and I will always have a reminder of how much and how deeply I love her!



To say that my Gran is an inspiration and pillar of strength to me is to vastly underestimate her impact on me and my life. She is so full of grace, love and compassion; I would truly be honored if I turned out to be half the woman she is. My Gran had no idea that this was coming, so she was quite surprised and a bit overwhelmed! But, needless to say she was very grateful and thankful for the gift that keeps on giving.


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Bracelet Stacks c/o Luca + Danni