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This story first appeared in the August 3, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
In a world of tweeting, texting and blogging, old-fashioned handwriting is becoming something of a lost art. But several accessories designers are doing their best to preserve the Palmer method: They are incorporating their own scrabble into their work. Gryson calligraphs the metal plates that adorn its bags and inscribes its wallets for a personal touch from designer Joy Gryson. Melissa Joy Manning offers gold and silver earrings in the shape of her own swirly writing (below right), while Carley Jewels designer Carley McGee-Boehm has introduced micro pavé–set diamond rings that spell out the words “freedom,” “cherish” and “verve” (below left).