I spent a good bit of yesterday looking at jewellery. Specifically glass beads for a Troll Bead type bracelet. I started off by searching for handmade brush rolls on Etsy (there are lots of lovely ones here if you're interested) and it spiraled from there. I have quite a lot of jewellery, my taste seems oddly mixed and although it's not beauty as such, I thought you might like a peak at my favourite bits.
I tend to favour Silver or Platinum jewellery. Generally I only wear gold if it's antique. My silver and turquoise heart necklace is real favourite. I have no recollection of where it came from which probably means it was one of my Grandma's finds. She was a huge influence for me when it comes to jewellery. She used to wear a mix of costume and genuine mega bling, she had the most amazing collection of statement rings. A fan of flea markets and auctions, she would pick up all sorts on her travels so I suspect this was one of her finds. This is bit of a delicate choice for me but I love the combination of silver and turquoise.
The earring are a much more recent acquisition. I bought these from ASOS last year, I'm still pondering purchase of a ring to go with them. I really like this sort of style where it spans two fingers.
This bangle/cuff was definitely one of my Grandma's gifts. It is quite sizeable and I like the fact that it's a bit battered and not too pristine looking. It has a nice shape and I like the detailing. When I'm in the mood for dressing up a black outfit I always reach for this.
This Pilgrim bracelet was a birthday gift from a good friend and I've had it for about 6 or 7 years. I used to really like Pilgrim jewellery but I haven't bought any for a long time and looking at their website, their style seems to have changed quite a lot. I used to like the fact that they were a bit quirky.
When I looked through my jewellery, I realised I have more pendants than necklaces. I don't know why exactly other than the fact that anything too dainty and I fear I may break it. In fact, the heart on the left hand side of the picture above was originally on a fine chain which I snapped. Enough said! The teardrop pendant in the middle was a gift from my Mum. I particularly like the colour of the stone and the little fossilised bits in it.
The large red heart pendant was bought at a Body Shop party. I've no idea whether TBS still do parties or indeed whether they still sell jewellery but I bought this on a whim (I didn't fancy anything from my 'makeover'). I tend to only wear it in winter but the lovely colour always makes me feel cheery.
This last item is a piece of jewellery that I love but have yet to wear. This ring was custom made for me but only in the design. Unfortunately the band is too small and one of these days I will get it adjusted. The stones in this ring were taken from a ring left to my Mum by my Grandma. She decided to 'split' the ring and make two new ones from it for for myself and my sister. At the time she was living in Muscat and knew a good jeweller. My sister has her six stones in a different setting to mine. I thought this was an inspired idea and one that my Grandma would most definitely have approved of.
I'm looking forward to adding to my collection after browsing Etsy and DaWanda yesterday. I love the fact that you can pick up something really unique. What's your favourite piece of jewellery? Do you have a particular style or do you just tend to go with what catches your eye?
PS. A little bird just reminded me that if you're a fan of shiny fings you might like to look here too - http://worshipbluesemporium.blogspot.com/.