America's Sweetheart sports a mah-jongg-inspired bracelet

By Clarissa Cruz
September 21, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Joy Luck Club‘s mah-jongg-playing ladies were on to something. First, designer David Rockwell used the fancifully decorated game tiles to cover the bar at NYC hot spot Ruby Foo’s. Now the chunky pieces have become quite the fashion statement. None other than Julia Roberts sported a tile bracelet in America’s Sweethearts, while trendy clothing chain Anthropologie reports that a similar trinket (designed by Leekan and made with bone replica mah-jongg tablets and red glass beads) is currently the store’s best-selling accessory. ”It’s a new twist on Asian bracelets,” says Anthropologie buyer Wendy Wurtzburger. ”It will be a major look in bracelets and necklaces for fall.”