Lend­ing her Hand

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Pop­u­lar Wash­ing­ton jew­elry and ac­ces­sories de­signer Ann Hand is get­ting into the White House cam­paign spirit with a new line of crys­tal-laden can­di­date pins — and on sil­ver­plate set­tings, no less.

Ms. Hand has de­signed shim­mer­ing pins for each of the can­di­dates, in­clud­ing “Hil­lary 2008,” “Ed­wards 2008,” “Obama 2008,” “McCain 2008,” and “Gi­u­liani 2008.”

“We don’t have one for Fred Thompson yet,” the de­signer told Inside the Belt­way on May 8, but if and when the for­mer Ten­nessee Repub­li­can sen­a­tor and ac­tor an­nounces his can­di­dacy, she will have a pin de­signed and ready to wear “within two weeks.”

Oth­er­wise, she looks for­ward to gaug­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of each can­di­date through in­di­vid­ual pin sales.

“We’ll be do­ing our own rhine­stone poll,” she says. “We have the pins in our win­dows in both stores [Ge­orge­town and Pal­isades], and they’re al­ready prov­ing quite pop­u­lar.”

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Hand has de­signed pins worn by first ladies, Cabi­net mem­bers, am­bas­sadors, sen­a­tors and con­gress­women. She’s also de­signed the of­fi­cial pin worn by spouses of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, brooches for all of the armed ser­vices, even cuff­links and power ties for the men of Wash­ing­ton.

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