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Round up a bit of fun, shimmer with an ankle bracelet

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Lake Arrowhead ankle bracelet ($58), at inlovewithonyx.com
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Jewelry designer Paul Michael Bierker creates ankle bracelets in materials from sterling silver to pearls to diamonds in his studio and showroom Paul Michael Design in Lawrenceville. Most prices range from $20 to $2,000 at paulmichaeldesign.com
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Jewelry designer Paul Michael Bierker creates ankle bracelets in materials from sterling silver to pearls to diamonds in his studio and showroom Paul Michael Design in Lawrenceville. Most prices range from $20 to $2,000 at paulmichaeldesign.com
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Jewelry designer Paul Michael Bierker creates ankle bracelets in materials from sterling silver to pearls to diamonds in his studio and showroom Paul Michael Design in Lawrenceville. Most prices range from $20 to $2,000 at paulmichaeldesign.com
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Jewelry designer Paul Michael Bierker creates ankle bracelets in materials from sterling silver to pearls to diamonds in his studio and showroom Paul Michael Design in Lawrenceville. Most prices range from $20 to $2,000 at paulmichaeldesign.com
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(from left) Blue Galaxies ankle bracelet with multiple stones ($82) and Sands of Time iridescent stone ($46), at inlovewithonyx.com
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Blue Galaxies ankle bracelet with multiple stones ($82), at inlovewithonyx.com
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Vincent Peach Esperanza leather wrap ankle bracelet with a Tahitian pearl ($93.50), at vincentpeach.com
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Vincent Peach Esperanza leather wrap ankle bracelet with a freshwater pearl ($44), at vincentpeach.com
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Sterling silver flat link ankle bracelet ($69.98), at J.C. Penney stores and jcpenney.com
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Sterling silver circle-design ankle bracelet ($87.48), at J.C. Penney and jcpenney.com,
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itsy bitsy sterling silver double-chain ankle bracelet ($38), at J.C. Penney and jcpenney.com
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itsy bitsy sterling silver heart ankle bracelet ($38), at J.C. Penney stores and jcpenney.com

Ankle bracelets can help you put your best foot forward.

“Ankle bracelets are … truly a unique and fun piece of jewelry,” says Paul Michael Bierker, owner of Paul Michael Design in Lawrenceville. “One with a little bit of sparkle is both beautiful and sexy.

“For jewelers, there really are a limited amount of places where you can wear jewelry unless you count piercings,” he says. “So, why not accessorize your ankles?”

Bierker can custom-design and fit this piece of jewelry to an individual’s ankle size. Most are 10 to 11 inches long, and some are designed to wrap twice around the ankle, which means they also can be worn as a necklace.

Ankle bracelets can accentuate the ankle, especially in the summer, Bierker says, when we are wearing more sandals and going barelegged. But with any piece of jewelry, do what makes you feel good, he says.

He uses everything from sterling silver to diamonds and pearls in his collection of ankle bracelets.

Vincent Peach, designer of Vincent Peach jewelry collection, says pearls — which some see as “old-fashioned” — are a perfect material.

“Our Esperanza wrap is a versatile piece that can be worn in many different ways,” Peach says. “The wrap as an anklet provides a bold pop of color and an elegant freshwater or Tahitian pearl in a place one normally wouldn’t wear a high-quality gemstone. It’s a nice element of surprise for women who like to style their jewelry in a unique way. The leather wrap itself comes in multiple colors, allowing women the option to accentuate an outfit or wear it as a statement piece.”

Ankle bracelets have long been popular in Europe, says Kim Ingleright, a representative of European-based jewelry line UNOde50.

“During the month of August, Europeans take a vacation to relax, so the ankle bracelet fits perfectly for wearing on the beach, walking barefoot or with sandals in the summer,” says Ingleright, who has a display of jewelry at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside. “Our ankle bracelets have peace signs and other symbols which are both fun and meaningful.”

While ankle bracelets are often worn with casual footwear, Roberta Weissburg, owner of Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside and the South Side, says they look sexy with heels. They can be worn with tennis shoes, too, because of their versatility. Some are designed specifically to accent boots, so it’s a trend that can be worn year-round.

“And you can wear multiple ankle bracelets,” Weissburg says. “They add a little pizzazz to your outfit. It’s another area of the body to accessorize.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com. or 412-320-7889.

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