I don't wear necklaces very often because I think they draw attention to my big ears.
This week I decided it was time to let it go, and so I wore a different one each day
Here was my week in necklaces:
Monday: These are two old keys I threaded on a long chain. Like a vintage version of the Tiffany's necklaces! I told the Mister they are they keys to my heart.. A big one for him and little one for Bay. Awwwww
Tuesday: This cheerful number is a 'nursing necklace' made for me by one of the ladies I met at the Neighbourhood Centre. The idea is they are attractive and safe for your baby to play with while they are breastfeeding or sitting in your lap. I love that someone made it especially for me. And Bay did indeed seem captivated and want to play with it.
Wednesday: This lovely lady pendant was a gift from a friend for my 30th. She has a little pearl purse and a lovely crochet skirt. I got a lot of comments wearing this necklace!
Thursday: Some sweet wooden beads that I actually bought as a present for a friend, before I found something I knew she'd like much better- so kept these for myself.
Friday: A pocket watch! I bought this from a street stall when we were in New York. Whenever I wear it The Mister calls me 50 Cent. But since when have I worried what he thinks about my accessories!
After a week of necklaces I feel encouraged to keep wearing them more regularly. I ended up letting my hair loose more often (to cover my ears!) but that's not a bad thing either, as it helps me out of my ponytail rut!
I have a stash of little-worn necklaces and pendants in storage Mum's place, which I think I will dust off and start wearing more often
Why oh why. When I have money to spend I can never think what I want.
But when I am on a spending ban I always see stuff I love.
For example. I really really really want one of these lockets
They are USD$98, from Beklina
I have always been a sucker for enamel and I'm digging the nice long brass chain. It's a modern take on a jewellery box staple!
I would have a hard time chosing which colour. It would probably be a toss up between the sand or that dove grey on the top left. I like the navy too.
Then I would have to decide what picture to put in! We got some great family photos at Easter so maybe one of those?
We were in Perth earlier in the week. I decided it was time to get my engagement and wedding ring cleaned, re-plated and polished because they were starting to look a bit dull.. which is no surprise because I've had my engagement ring for 2.5 years without a professional clean.. and there has been a lot of cleaning, gardening and working in the dirt in that time!
The wedding band wasn't looking too bad but I figured it made sense to get them done together.
What a difference it made! My rings are back to their former glory!
I had forgotten how beautiful and bright my sapphire is. And the diamonds are super sparkly little disco balls once more.
It is like being newly engaged again, when you can't stop starting at your finger.
Best $100 I have spent in a while
Poesy Rings are simple finger bands with a short sentiment or poem (a 'poesy') inscribed, usually on the outside. They were most popular from the fifteenth up to the seventeenth centuries when they were given as tokens of loyalty, love, friendship or marriage.
image via British Museum
image elo gallery
image via timeline auctions
image via live auctioneers
The inscriptions found on antique poesy rings tend to be short romantic sentiments. Some of my favourites are: A KIS FOR THIS, ALL I REFUSE BUT THEE I CHUSE, AS YOU FINDE ME MINDE ME, ENDLESS BE MY LOVE TO THEE, I AM YOUR LOTT REFUSE ME NOT, I LIKE MY CHOYCE
So just for fun I have been on the hunt for a non-corny, modern equilvant for myself.
I was inspired by this ring from Uberkate.
They are $360 for sterling silver, or $880 for white gold. Seems a bit steep?
So I've had a look at etsy
$23.45 each from InitialRings
$23.37each from KathrynReichert
$23.99 each from TinyTokenDesigns
$25.40 each from monkeysalwayslook
$23.15 each from boutonrouge
$66.15 each from chrisparry
$28.35 each by from CheekyBeau
$21.50 each from CharitableCreations
I think they look good when you have a few stacked together. It would be nice to have one with the names of your children or family members.. or to spell out something meaningful for yourself.. or have then inscribed with dates or that are significant to you.. or word's or dates that mark personal milestones in your life?
I've always been a sucker for enamel jewellery.
So I'm loving these pansy necklaces from Karen Walker.
They each have a gemstone in the centre. The blue flower has a sapphire centrestone, the red flower has a garnet, but my favourite is the orange pansy with the citrine.
Maybe because this is how the pansies in our garden actually looked.
I think this would look so sweet worn on a long chain.
Getting dressed is uninspiring these days.
I still don't fit into most of my old clothes. And I don't want to spend money on new stuff until I've lost some weight. Because I look big I keep opting for dark colours. And there is breastfeeding to consider. It's even harder to dress for nursing than it is for pregnancy.
Hence, I find myself in a bit of a clothing rut.
I think some bright and bold accessories might be the answer.
Saachi Crystal bracelet
Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace:
Yochi Designs Bracelet:
All on sale via Ideeli
I love the way costume jewellery instantly adds interest and glamour to even the plainest of outfits, and can take the attention away from body parts you aren't proud of.
One day, when we have lots of spare money, I am going to start my gem collection.
At the moment I have only one fine gemstone.. which is the sapphire in my engagement ring.
But I'd love to build up a comprehensive collection of loose gem specimens.
For now, let's daydream.
These beauties are all for sale from Wildfish Gems
In my fantasy life I would fly all around the world buying and trading gemstones.
In reality I drive around N-town in a station wagon with a "I'm a Member of the GAA" bumper sticker on it
Haha. My studies are on hold again this year.
But! All going well I will be completing my final year of Gemology next year and I'm looking forward to having the ball rolling again
Oooh just after making a big deal about not wanting any Christmas presents this year, I see that the Natural Sapphire Company is having a sale.. 15% off all their pre-set sapphire jewellery!
IF I wasn't being such a grinch this year this is what I'd be asking for:
Such soothing shades of blue!
And of course I can't help but think how nicely any of these pieces go well with my engagement ring.
I've cropped my fingernails out of that picture because they are a bit jaggedy at the moment. It is difficult maintaining nice nails when you work with your hands out in the Desert.
Sorting out my jewellery box has been good.
I can't believe I had forgotten about my charm bracelet.
My sister and I had one each.. we'd save up all our pocket money to buy charms.. we'd umm and ahh for ages over our next charm... it was probably my most prized possesion until I was about twelve.
Then I got to high school and moved on to other fads. Can't think what but no doubt something grungey. And poor old charm bracelet was relegated to back of the jewellery tin.
These old school charm bracelets are the bomb.
So much better than the charm bracelets in fashion now.
In my opinion anyway.
I'm thinking about getting it cleaned and resurrecting it.
I might even buy myself a new charm.
I have needed a jewellery box for so long.
All my jewellery is just sitting tangled in random tins or boxes scattered around my bedroom
I have never got around to buying one because I've never seen a box that I liked that much. I just wanted something simple and portable with no elephants on it.
Then I saw this one in a Perth shop and had to stop and have another look.
It was just what I have needed and it came home with me.
It is sort of ugly but sort of cute at the same time.
It has a brass clasp at the front and a handle at the top for easy portability
Opening it up reveals a mirror and soft suede lining.
The top tray has lots of little sections and compartments.
Including one that can be taken out and closed as a mini travel case.
That tray lifts up and beneath that there are even more velvety little nooks and crannies.
So I'm happy. I'm going to go through all my old jewellery and organise it in here.
There is about 15 years worth of trinkets to go through. Virtually all of it is cheapish costume jewellery. But I still love it! It will be so good to have it all in one place.
We watched the movie Kick Ass on DVD a few weeks ago.
I can't tell you how many stars I give it, because I fell asleep half way through.. but not before I decided I needed some turquoise coloured earrings.
It all started with this locker scene. The actress is Lyndsy Fonseca (never heard of her, apparently she is from Young and the Restless) and I thought that the bright blue of her earrings just looked so so good against her brunette hair.
image via Kick Ass Movie Trailer
So as a brunette myself, I decided that I needed to get me some.
We are in boring old Budgeting Land at the moment so I rather than real turquoise hoops I ended up with these bright blue plastic studs from Sportsgirl. But for $5.95 they do the job.
It was just the bright pop of color peeking out from loose tousled hair that I was looking for.. I was wearing a lot of black and white and grey last week and they just made me look more interesting.. I got quite a few comments about them, not bad for six bucks
Which is why I love costume jewellery, how you can just muck around with it for as long or as short as you want.