Back in the day-1888, actually-sailors started weaving monkey's fist knots, says the jewelry maker AGA Correa, as a way to tie a weight to the end of a messenger line. It was normally tied around a small ball of stone, iron, lead, marble, or glass, but it's probably safe to say that gold wasn't used until the inherent beauty of the knot found its way into jewelry designs. So if you're looking for a gift for that special someone, and a couple of gallons of bottom paint just won't do the trick, you can't go wrong with AGA Correa's new Double Ended Monkey's Fist Bracelet. It's hand woven, available in 14- or 18-karat gold, and definitely isn't bottom paint.
Starting at $1,250, (800) 341-0788, www.agacorrea.com