Merchandise

“Mine just came, and I’m gobsmacked by how gorgeous it is!

Even better than you’d think from the pictures.

It’s so light, elegant, and beautifully crafted. Easy clasp, and so well made and well fitting.

I love that it is like Jane Austen’s, but it is simply lovely in its own right.” –Diana Birchall

The story of the Bracelet

Be the first in your neighborhood to own a replica bracelet, modeled after the one in Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton that belonged to Jane. JASP is the only place where you can buy these replica bracelets that are far more accurate than any other copies.  The newest edition of the bracelets (starting December 2018) is stronger and more durable than the first edition.  In addition, the new bracelets have been hand made in the West Indies, by a program that offers fair living wages for women.  (More details are included with the bracelets, including the name of the woman who made yours.)  It is likely that Jane’s brothers Francis and Charles may have found similar bead workers when they visited the West Indies.  While the exact origin of the bracelet is unknown, it is possible that Jane’s brother Francis may have given her the bracelet after his visit to the West Indies in 1805.

Please order a bracelet in plenty of time for the holiday season, and support JASP at the same time.

Here is an image of the original  bracelet:

JA-bracelet

Below is the replica, with gold-plated clasp and glass beads.  It is approximately 1-3/8″ wide and 7-1/4″ in circumference when on:

JASP-bracelet

We are offering this new bracelet as a fund-raiser for the Jane Austen Summer Program.

$120.00 plus $5 shipping fees.

Special conference price of $100 for all attendees until January 15.

ORDER YOUR JANE AUSTEN BRACELET HERE or select it as an add-on on your registration form.

 

19 thoughts on “Merchandise

  1. Mine just came, and I’m gobsmacked by how gorgeous it is! Even better than you’d think from the pictures. It’s so light, elegant, and beautifully crafted. Easy clasp, and so well made and well fitting. I love that it is like Jane Austen’s, but it is simply lovely in its own right. I’ve put pictures on Facebook and will spread the word!

  2. Yes, indeed you may use anything I say! I really love the bracelet; it is “so very airy”, I have forgotten I’m wearing it – until I glance at my wrist and see the exquisite lacey blues. And I smile when I think how full of history, and the idea of Jane Austen, it is.

    Now, may I ask a question? I have never read anything about the origins of the original, either how Jane Austen acquired it, or where it is thought to have been made and purchased. Perhaps nothing is known, but has anything been speculated by experts? Is it conjectured to be another gift (like the topaz crosses) from a brother? The design looks slightly Indian to me; is it? And who did Cassandra leave it to? I realize I’m being very relentless in my questions, and perhaps should write to Chawton directly. Thanks for your patience, and for any information you may have!

  3. I’ve been meaning to research that more. Contacting Chawton is exactly the thing to do. My assumption has been that it was from one of her brothers. I also don’t know whether the original was glass or turquoise. Please let us know what you find out; or if I get there first, I’ll definitely post it on the website. Thanks for asking! I’m so glad you enjoy it. We have a few more, so pass on the word…

  4. I did contact Chawton, and received the reply that very little is known about the bracelet. It descended in the family from the James Austen branch, and is known to have belonged to Jane, but that is all. I’m going to keep sleuthing, though – maybe some of the family have some “tradition” going on!

  5. I am a JASNA member and I live in Toronto Canada, just over the border from Buffalo. I have wanted a Jane Austen replica bracelet for a very long time. No one else seems to have them but you, not even the Jane Austen Gift Shop in Bath, who used to sell them. Is there any way I could buy one of the replica bracelets from you? Or do you know of another source?

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