GraceWeights Asks the Fitness Savvy Woman: Why Pump Iron When You Can Lift Bronze?

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GraceWeights founder, Sydney Wilson, was tired of working out with unappealing dumbbells so she created a small line of luxurious bronze hand weights.

In October 2010, GraceWeights not only launched its website, but an innovative idea as well: Dumbbells can be Beautiful.

This Annapolis based company designs original bronze hand weights, inspired by the elegance of the natural world. The GraceWeights, "Sea Collection" offers a five-pound Turban Snail weight, an eight-pound Sea Urchin weight, and a ten-pound Nautilus weight. With champagne and rose bronze hues, these gleaming beauties seem more like jewelry for the muscles, rather than functional dumbbells. After working out, you may even want to leave your weights on the coffee table!

Three foundries between Maryland and Pennsylvania have been instrumental with taking one woman's persistent vision and bringing it to life. Although it has been a lengthy process, one by one each design was born and cast. Sea shells are naturally fragile to work with so a lost wax bronze weight has to be cast first, to allow reproduction of the original design. Each GraceWeight begins with a unique design, after which a pattern is made so copies can be cast. The sand cast copies must be ground and smoothed to a proper finish - ready for their clear protective coating.

GraceWeights are entirely hand made and subtle imperfections are a natural occurence of the sand casting process. The weights are not meant to be perfect, but are imperfectly beautiful due to the warmth of hand cast bronze. A sea shell doesn't ask if it is lovely enough; it just is. So too, are the graceful lines found in all of nature...including a woman's body. As another generation of women search for new ways to enhance their feminine curves, GraceWeights insists that natural beauty can be part of the process, not just the end result.

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