• FOPE: Our Favorite Gold Bracelets, Here's Why....

November 23, 2020


FOPE is an Italian goldsmith which has evolved into an international jewelry brand. Inspired by its provenance and by the values that have always steered its strategies, the headquarters and the state-of-the-art production facilities are located in Vicenza, Italy, where the company was established in 1929. The year 2019 marked FOPE’s 90th anniversary, a fantastic achievement for a company that has grown dramatically in time, thanks to distinctive fine jewelry collections. Today every piece of jewelry is still created in-house and then shipped to more than 50 countries in the world, fulfilling the vision which the brand’s name mirrors. FOPE, in fact, is an acronym and it translates into Factory of Jewelry Precious Export. The company has been a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council since 2014, which provides further guarantee of the quality of the FOPE jewelry and the ethics of the whole production process.

In 2007 FOPE launched a ground-breaking concept: 18-carat stretchable bracelets. It was an instant success called Flex’it, the perfect blend of style and innovation. The Flex’it collections feature stretchable bracelets (and sometimes rings) crafted solely in 18-carat and rendered fully flexible thanks to tiny gold springs hidden between each link. This system has been patented worldwide and the Flex’it ranges keep growing, with their full suites appreciated by women all around the world for being elegant and comfortable at the same time. The original Flex’it is patented worldwide. . More than 12,000 tractions test its resilience. Expandable and clasp-free means comfortable and easy-to-wear.

Barry Peterson Jewelers is excited to bring you Flex'it rings and bracelets available for purchase instore only. Come by our showroom today!

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Glossary of Jewelry Terms

KT: (Karat) refers to the fineness of gold: one karat is equal to 1/24th part of pure gold in an alloy.

18KTY: 18 Karat Yellow Gold
18KTW: 18 Karat White Gold
18KTR: 18 Karat Rose Gold
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