When it comes to jewellery I tend to lean more on the side of Mr T than classic pieces. I love my statement necklaces more than life itself and my dressing table mirror groans under the strain of all of the bling being hung off of it. Aside from my statement necklaces, I don’t really wear any other jewellery. I ditched wearing earrings for long periods of time after my delicate little ears decided to repel anything I would put in them and despite having a number of watches both bought for me and purchased myself, I find they tend to get in my way (and I just use my phone to tell the time anyway – 21st century gal).
There are a few pieces which I would call my “everyday jewellery” which I wear when I’m not breaking out the costume jewellery.
Being the ultimate in cliches I had longed for a “Carrie” style necklace like Ms Bradshaw from Sex & the City so when (surprisingly) my dad bought me this “Charl” necklace for my birthday last year I was over the moon to say the least. I tend to wear this when I’m wearing something which would be overpowered by a statement necklace and corny as it is, I often wear it for times when I want some luck or a bit of a boost – think of it as my lucky pants round my neck (that throws up some weird visuals).
I used to have a ring I wore all the time which was a gift to me from my grandparents for my 18th birthday. Unfortunately it ended up being misplaced and I was heartbroken. These stackable Pandora rings from Pandora at Joshua James Jewellery are acting as replacements for the lost ring (and I’m avoiding telling my grandparents I lost their gift). I’m not usually a fan of Pandora as I find them synonymous for their charm bracelets which aren’t my thing at all but I love their range of rings – both individual and stackable. The Silver Delicate Bow Cubic Zirconia* ring is isn’t as over the top as some sparkly rings can be but it’s really pretty when worn on its own but I mostly wear it with this black stone ring. They’re probably opposite ends of the spectrum in regards to rings – this Silver and Black Spinel* ring has a spine effect ring with a swirl detailed setting for unusual cut black stone. This ring is quite striking and gets a lot of compliments and because I’m awkward about coloured stones matching what I’m wearing, the black stone means it goes with anything and everything. The Spinel ring isn’t technically a stacking ring but I like to layer them up.
When it comes to bracelets that when it comes to bracelets I’m a sentimental old fool. 3 of the 4 bracelets I wear on a regular basis hold some special sentiment linking back to my mum. The black cord bracelet with silver “Daughter” charm was a birthday gift she bought me when we spent a day in Birmingham having some mother/daughter time. In return I bought her a matching “Mum” version of the bracelet for the following Christmas. This rose gold popcorn bracelet with ball detailing was a bracelet we saw in the window of a jewellers in a side street in Venice, being the saps that we are we popped into the shop on the way back from lunch one day and bought them as a souvenir of our trip together (rather than pick up a magnet or any other usual souvenir). The somewhat worn and discoloured “Live, Love, Laugh” bracelet cost a couple of euros from Claires Accessories in Dublin – I picked up this one and my mum picked up a smaller, similiar one – matchy matchy. These were bought before we went and spent the majority of our spending money on Guinness at Grafton Street – whoops! The final bracelet is a sentiment script bangle* from Accessories Boutique with the quote “Love like you’ve never been hurt before” inscribed on the outer and inner of the bangle. I’m not usually much for bangles style bracelets but this one is quite petite and I love the sentiment.