The story of the Martyrs of Compiègne and their deep spirituality, as well as the spirituality of the Carmelite order in general, has always spoken to my heart. This beautiful bracelet perfectly captures the spirituality of the Order, as well as the exquisite bravery and love exhibited by the Martyrs of Compiègne as they met their end. For me this bracelet is a wonderful reminder of the bravery and love we are all called to. It would have been easy to focus on the macabre and the gory for this bracelet, and create something to be worn on Hallowe'en to celebrate exactly the opposite of what the Martyrs portrayed, but instead Cindy too the more difficult and beautiful path. Her bracelet is a celebration of the sacrifice of women who lived for something greater than themselves. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the quality of the beads and the overall beauty of the bracelet. Even without the deep sentiment the bracelet would be a much-loved addition to my jewelry collection. The bracelet came packaged in a lovely box with the "O" from the Opera Bracelet logo embossed in foil on the top. Inside the box the bracelet was tucked into a brown organza bag, and a story card explaining the choices of charms and beads accompanied the bracelet. On one side of the box lid is a label identifying the item within--handy for anyone who will be storing their purchases in the original boxes. I'm very pleased with my purchase and look forward to adding other pieces to my collection soon.
Earlier in my Opera Bracelets journey, some people would snarkily say- "Can't wait to see one about the Dialogues of the Carmelites!"
I think they thought it would be gory with head beads and blood droplets (and who would buy that?). However, when the time came to create this bracelet upon customers' requests, the facts of this story led in a totally different direction. First of all it's based on a true story, the details of which are moving and horrific. The Martyrs of Compiègne went to their deaths believing that their sacrifice would bring peace. Shortly after their deaths, the reign of terror finished and many lives are thought to have been saved.
What started as irreverent challenge now took on a serious tone.
I chose glass beads in browns, black and ivory to evoke the traditional Carmelite habits of the nuns. A fleur de lis charm symbolizes the setting of France. A praying hands charm symbolizes the nuns singing psalms and hymns as they approach their deaths. An angel wing heart represents their martyrdom.
All "Inspired By..." Series Bracelets come with a card that identifies the symbolism of the charms and colors used.
To learn more about the creation of this bracelet check out my blog! Design Notes
Great selections and always something new. Outstanding quality and super cute packaging! PLUS excellent customer service and fast shipping, This makes operabracelets one of my favorite places to shop!
These neutral colors, are rich and warm, and the charms are a great homage to the story of this opera. This bracelet goes perfectly with any outfit and occasion!
Even though I had seen the bracelet worked up online, I was delighted at the vibrancy of the gold and copper mix of beads. I'm sure the recipient of this gift will be as thrilled to receive it as I am to give it. Thanks again, Cindy, for a job well done!