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Nomadés jewelry makes military station change memories

Made for military, by military

Nomadés offers sterling silver military-themed beads and charms for bracelets and necklaces. Photo credit: Melanie Casey

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Military families are familiar with moving and putting down roots several times during a career. The souvenirs they pick up during their travels are more than just trinkets to be hung on a wall or added to a curio cabinet:  they are also memories of where they've been stationed, friends they've known and experiences they've lived through.

Nomadés, a jewelry company started four years ago by a group of Marine Corps spouses, helps military wives commemorate their unique journeys with a collection of charm bracelets and beads that reflect military life.

The Nomadés story began in 2010, when four spouses living in Florida came together to make a bracelet for another spouse, who wasn't feeling well. "We joked that there was no charm for giving birth alone or moving sixteen times," laughed Marijke Landon, one of the founders of Nomadés and the company's managing director.

During the next few months, she and the other founders thought about it and talked it over. Truthfully, there was no company at that time offering charms that reflected military life.

They even approached some of the bigger bracelet companies to see if perhaps they could add military charms to their collection. Ultimately, however, the group decided to create their own company, which they dubbed "Nomadés" to reflect the nomadic life of the military family.

Initially, the beads were all designed and carved by hand, but soon they found a designer who could create their ideas digitally, allowing for greater precision and detailed lettering.

The founders literally built their company from the ground up, and for the first year, they did everything. "We had more time for the company than we had money," Landon recalled.

By this time, they were spread out across the country at different duty stations. So each brought Nomadés to local craft shows and wives' events, and word started to get out.  

Soon, they started bringing in independent consultants.

Now, the company boasts five employees, two of whom are still active-duty military spouses, and 120 independent consultants around the country.

Military memories

Along with silver or leather bracelets and necklaces, the company offers more than 500 different beads and charms - 240 of which are military specific, Landon said. All are created from .925 sterling silver and made in the United States. There are charms and beads available for all service branches, including the National Guard, as well as duty stations (including Joint Base Lewis-McChord), life's moments and military service charms such as aviation wings, EOD, military intelligence and Ranger tabs.

Most of the beads and charms will fit other popular bracelet brands (including Pandora) and can even be customized.

Nomadés beads and charms are much more than just silver and gemstones: they are memories and reflections of who you are and where you've been. Nomadés allows spouses to mark their journeys, share their memories and create heirloom-quality collections along the way.

For more information, visit nomadescollection.com/home.

There are several Nomadés consultants in the JBLM area, including Julia Aten (Puyallup), militarystorycharms@gmail.com; Andrea Gilbert (JBLM), agilbertfamily@yahoo.com; Janelle Sebesta (Olympia), j.sebesta@comcast.net; and Shilo Cox, shilocox@hotmail.com.

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