By CAITLIN BYRD, The State
CHARLESTON, SC (AP) – When Natalie Holst saw the reflection of gold, her hands started to shake.
It was September 18, and the designer had just passed security checks at Charleston International Airport. She was on her way to New York, America’s fashion capital, but now she was on her iPhone, staring wide at the screen as she waited to take off.
“I think it’s my bracelet,” she said to herself.
But she needed to see better. There had been other close calls, more gold bracelets. She needed to know if she had just accessorized the First Lady of the United States.
It had been months since Holst had received an email sending his Charleston-based jewelry studio Holst + Lee in a silent frenzy.
A New York customer, whom Holst declined to identify in an interview, had reached out because he wanted to purchase the classic all-gold mesh bracelet.
No surprise there, Holst said of the $ 125 bracelet. It is one of their bestsellers. But the customer also sent a note.
They admitted that this order was not for them. It was a gift for First Lady Jill Biden.
“I didn’t want to spoil anything in any way,” said Holst, 42.
And so, after a bit of back and forth, Holst shipped the order.