It all began when Carolyn Rafaelian would accompany her father, to work at Cinerama, a Cranston-based jewelry factory. Little did she know, shortly after creating her own jewelry pieces, she would eventually become CEO of Alex and Ani, a positive energy company known for its signature expandable bangles.
The company, named after Rafaelian’s first two daughters, is rapidly becoming a top name in accessories, as the brand boasts an eco-friendly approach, using recycled metals from local vendor partners surrounding Cranston, RI. The brand has been regularly featured in magazines such as Vogue and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
“A lot of girls wear them. They’re easy gifts to give and they look nice altogether with a watch or by itself,” says Dwellings sales associate Rebecca Bryden.
For Alex and Ani bangle lovers near and far, the Penn State University Mascot Charm Bangle has been added to the Alex and Ani collection and is available for purchase at Dwellings, located at 358 East College Ave.
Dwellings Sales manager Matthew Lannan describes the Penn State Alex and Ani bracelets as “the item.”
The bracelets have continued to be a hot item since their first date of sale in April 2014.
Aside from bangles and other assorted jewelry, the company claims it will continue to evolve its line of beauty products, perfumes, body sprays lip balms and lotions under the positive energy lifestyle company title.
Rafael’s ultimate goal is to motivate customers to relish in what is unique to themselves as individuals through her symbolic designs. Whether you’re looking for a Penn State logo or a tree of life, Alex and Ani bangles will have something for you.
Photo by Mary Duggan