Ad Astra Dainty Acrostic Bracelet
Free shipping and returns
100% recycled solid gold
2 year warranty
Fairly made, fairly priced
Napoleon is said to have commissioned the first ever ring that used the secret language of gemstones to send a message to his love, the Empress Josephine. In this secret language, each gem stands for a letter of the alphabet. A is for Amethyst, D is for Diamond, and so on.
The Victorians were enchanted by the jewel alphabet, and rings spelling ‘regards’ and ‘dearest’ were the height of fashion in Paris and London in the mid 1800s. There were very few variations on those words due to the lack of gemstones (and perhaps imagination) at the time.
Sadly, this secret language was slowly forgotten and these pieces can now only be found in antique stores.
Common Era was the first modern brand to revive this charming tradition with the Acrostic Secret Message Collection.
Rather than remake the traditional words from Victorian times, we’ve crafted your extraordinary piece to spell out the ancient Latin phrase Ad Astra, meaning ‘to the stars’, first penned by the Roman poet Virgil.
This solid 14k piece is crafted with waxed cord like the friendship bracelets of our youth.
Why Solid Gold ✨
Solid gold is the best option if you:
1. Want to wear your piece forever or pass it down as an heirloom. Solid gold will last for centuries without degrading.
2. Want to invest in jewelry as an asset rather than an accessory. Gold traditionally appreciates in value and can always be melted down and made into a new piece
Unlike many brands, our gold is never hollow - it is always 100% solid, cast using the lost wax method, meaning there is a lot more gold in each piece.
Our gold is 100% certified recycled and each piece is handcrafted here in New York.
Product Details 🔍
When will my piece ship? 🚚
We keep a small inventory of solid gold pieces - please check about the 'Add to Cart' button to see if your piece is in stock.
If not, it will display the estimated ship time so that we can custom make it for you in our NYC studio.
What does Traditional Retail Price mean? 💸
Most brands sell through boutiques and department stores, where the pricing model is usually a 2 - 4x markup from their wholesale price. For example, the jewelry brand sells the piece to the store for $1000, and then the store sells it to you for $2,500.
Because Common Era sells directly from our studio, we can give our customers the same pricing we would be giving to wholesale stores.
When will my order ship?
All pieces except for made-to-order solid gold will ship within 24 hours on business days.
Solid gold orders ship from our NYC studio and the time to ship is indicated above the "Add to cart" button on those pieces.
What if my piece is lost in the mail?
This is in incredibly rare, but if it happens we will make it right with a free replacement.
Solid gold pieces are always shipped with signature required to ensure this doesn't happen.
Does your jewelry come in a box or a pouch?
Both! Our packaging is made in Chicago and consists of a peach-colored vegan suede pouch in a branded box, so they’re easy to wrap up as gifts.
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