January 27, 2014

Jewelry Preferences

As much as I'd like to burrow into my blankets and hibernate until April, I decided to poke my head out of my little nest and share some jewelry ideas with you!

I'm actually not a huge fan of jewelry.  I rarely wear it on a daily basis.  I don't have "signature pieces", and most of it was purchased on the cheap, or given to me.  But, as I've been thinking lately about how my jewelry preferences have changed throughout the years, I wanted to document where I'm at now.

So, travelling from least favorite to most favorite, we start with...

This one's a gift from my sister, Andrea.

Bracelets:  I don't know if it's because I have very petite wrists, which cause things to slide around all the time, or if I just never got into the habit of wearing them, but bracelets are my least favorite jewelry item.  I think I own three.  Sometimes, they add a nice bit of sparkle, or pop of color, but overall, I prefer other jewelry options.

These were included as a bonus gift in a blogger's giveaway I won, years ago.

Earrings:  It's not that I don't enjoy earrings.  I really do.  I have my ears pierced five times - two on the left (cartilage and conch) and three on the right (twice in my lobe and tragus) - but I don't change my earrings very often.  Once I find something I like, it stays in my ear for months.  There was a period when I changed the earrings in my lobes frequently, but after the hole in my left earlobe got torn (long story, but gratefully, not a painful one), I gave away a lot of my fun earrings.  Now, I go for silver earrings, of various sizes and shapes.

Bicycle pendant - Forever 21
Coin - I think it's a Euro?
Heart - a gift from a boy I used to mentor

Necklaces:  Necklaces have always been at or near the top of my list of favorite jewelry.  There was a pearl necklace period and a long necklace period.  I have necklaces that double as watches and ones from overseas.  I don't wear chokers anymore, but other than that, I've kept most of the necklaces I've gotten throughout the years!

I bought my sisters and I matching mustache rings for our birthdays a few years ago.
I'm pretty sure this ring is broken now.

Rings:  Rings are my current favorite, especially stacked rings.  In the past, I've had eczema on my hands, which requires lots of special lotion.  Since I don't like to gunk up the diamonds on my engagement ring, I kept having to take it on & off.  Stacked rings give an interesting look without stones, so I've moved more in that direction lately.   As I said, I have very petite hands, so finding rings in general stores (like Forever 21, etc) can be challenging, so yay for Etsy!  However, a dozen or so years ago, I found some awesome stacked rings, that actually fit my hands, at a department store, but lost them at a bowling alley.  I don't even like bowling, so it was insult to injury.  I miss those rings...

What are your jewelry preferences?


  1. I love your bow bracelet! Great finds :)

    My favorite jewelry are ones that seem unique and also have sentimental value! I don't wear it very much, but when I do, I rotate between 2-3 favorite pieces.

  2. I almost never remove my diamond stud earrings I got from Jonathan for my 21st birthday. And if I do, it's to move them to the first lobe hole. Rings are the easiest to wear with the kidlings. I love fun earrings, but they'll have to wait until the girls are out of the pull the earrings stage. Same with necklaces... I now wear necklaces that double as a teething toy! (They're actually quite cute.) :-)

  3. That bow bracelet is adorable! I am not much of a jewelry wearer. Besides my wedding ring, I have a name necklace that I wear fairly often. Also, I never take out my nose ring or my tragus earring. But that is really it.

  4. Rings and earrings are totally my favorite to wear...bracelets probably last, mostly because I just forget about them, or they get in the way when I'm doing chores...

  5. Welcome back! =)

    I like the look of bracelets, but I don't often wear them anymore -- they just get in the way, I have to wash my hands every 20 minutes at work, and if I don't have both hands weighted evenly I feel off-balance. (All of this means that getting used to wearing a wristwatch again -- an unofficial work requirement -- has made me kind of neurotic. My hands are unbalanced!) Considering that in high school and early college -- until using a laptop daily, I think -- you *never* saw me without two inches of various bracelets stacked up each wrist, I think it's an amusing progression.

    Earrings are my favorite, I'm almost always wearing them. I've gotten more into necklaces, and though I used to wear several rings daily, now it's mostly just my wedding ring. I occasionally hint to the mister than I want another claddagh, but so far he hasn't bitten. =)