it takes me longer to take off my jewelry than it does my clothes
Truest statement ever made. I mean… with the clasps, the one handed maneuvering, trying not to tangle my hair in my necklaces- it’s all so intricate.
I think I inherited my love of all things sparkly from my mama. When you’re little, you think YOUR mama is THE most beautiful woman in all the world and mine wasn’t only beautiful, she was blingy! She had long straight hair past her bum, a gold basket crown on her lateral incisor (she was flossin’ long before gold teeth was a thing!), and wore every piece of jewelry she owned. Even if she was just dropping us off at school, she’d be dressed up, lashes curled and lipstick on. She wore necklace stacks, bracelets that you can only get in Saipan, and 7-8 rings that I’d play with if she was next to me.
I just love that jewelry is fancy and dainty, I love that it dresses up any outfit and I love that if it’s passed down from a family member that it carries along a story. I want to share with you today some of my favorite pieces and when I think it’s time to save and when it’s time to splurge.
When it comes to my jewelry, I do all of the S’s in them… sleep, shower, swim, sweat… all of ’em. So I take into consideration tarnishing and the quality of metal- gold filled versus gold plated, it all makes a difference to me.
Tiffany & Co- one of my favorite pieces (in the upper right hand corner of the first photo), this gorgeous circle pendant necklace is pure quality and was a gift from one of my closest girlfriends as a MOH gift. It’s rose gold, dainty, classic and perfect for stacking with my other necklaces. I hardly ever take this off. This is an investment piece for sure, for yourself or anyone else
Ferkos Fine Jewelry– 14 Karat Gold, diamonds and made to order, Ferkos also has ready to ship pieces. You don’t have to worry about their jewelry turning your skin green or tarnishing on your wrists because they’re gold. Even though they feel ultra dainty they’re also very durable. I have their diamond cut chain and rope chain and I love them, they’re timeless
Belladaar- jewelry that is gold filled, most of my bracelet stack is from Belladaar. I swim, sweat, shower in them and they’ve never broken or tarnished on me. I love gifting from this brand because the price points are so reasonable and their jewelry retain their value
Oma The Label– gold plated, this is one of the only brands I’ve purchased from that don’t tarnish after living your life in them. You’ve also probably noticed that most of these brands are female founded *hail hands
Ana Luisa– 14k gold plated, their huggie hoops and rings give me life. A lot of my earrings are from Ana Luisa and even though I spray my hair with 19 pounds of hairspray, their pieces stand the test of time
Gorjana– something for everyone, price points matter. 18k gold plated and silver plated brass pieces, I have their Parker and herringbone collections that I wear almost every day. I don’t bring these pieces into the pool but they’re definitely pieces to live in
See, there’s a time to save and there’s a time to splurge. For me it comes down to quality, jewelry I can invest in, live in and pieces to pass down. I’m always on the lookout for jewelry that is timeless, classic and stackable. I’ve purchased a few pieces from other companies that are gold plated vs filled and to be honest, a lot of them tarnish easily, or the look of them isn’t quality at all. I love these brands and I wouldn’t have included them if I didn’t wear them often to speak about them honestly.
I’d love to know if there are other jewelers you love and support? Do you wear jewelry or are you more simplistic in your style? Share with me <3