As humans, we have a natural tendency to imbue our lives with symbolism. Kids often do this through friendship bracelets, or the classic “best friends” necklaces in which two shared halves come together to make a whole. We become adults and do the same thing with the exchanging of rings, or by marking important moments or dedications to change by acquiring new tattoos.
Former Jenks graduates Mary Ann Lawrence and Claire Sbanotto share a deep bond as sisters, and together they began pop-up shop goldielinks. The shop is named after Lawrence’s daughter Marigold (“Goldie”) and gives Tulsans a new way to symbolize love shared with others or simply for oneself: permanent jewelry in the form of bracelets, anklets, rings and necklaces.
goldielinks’ sustainably-made chains are measured, cut, fitted with a clasp and hand-welded into place — and unlike getting a tattoo, the welding process is quick and completely pain-free. Chains come in 14karat gold-filled and sterling silver (beginning at $50) or 14karat yellow and white-gold (beginning at $110) and are available in different patterns. Wearers also have the option to add a birthstone ($15) or charm ($15-$25).
So how long does it really last?
“If you’re careful, it can last for many years,” Lawrence says. “Our jewelry is also waterproof so you can swim, shower, and sweat in it.” She adds that if for some reason the chain should break, they are happy to re-weld it at no charge at any of their pop-ups.
Lawrence also discusses why it was important their jewelry is sustainably made. “We didn’t want to add to the amount of fast fashion out there or ignore how harmful gold mining can be to our planet. We sought out ethical chain suppliers who use recycled metals and hold Responsible Jewelry Council Certification to minimize our impact on the environment.”
In addition to popping up at all sorts of events across town including farmers markets, BOK block parties and First Fridays, goldielinks can also be booked for private events like birthday and bachelorette parties. Sbanotto says they’ve also been popular with “favorite things” parties, which are similar in concept to a dirty Santa gift exchange except participants bring a product or item that is special to them.
Follow @goldielinks on Instagram or Facebook to see where the sisters will be popping up next, or send an email to [email protected] to book a future event.