Today’s post is inspired by Invaluable, an online auction house that asked me to elaborate on the importance of jewelry, the contents of my jewelry box, and the significance of certain pieces. If you’re interested in bidding on some really cool vintage jewelry (or other things for that matter!) you should check them out here.
Whether you love fashion or not, it’s hard to dispute the fact that the articles we wear are both highly personal and tied to the memories we have while wearing them. We take care to pick the perfect ensemble for a particular event, whether it’s a date, the first day of school, a job interview, or a party. Over time these outfits remain a memory, but usually nothing more. Fabrics warp, colors fade, wine is spilled and knits start to pill. With very few exceptions, our clothes really take a beating and rarely last longer than we do.
Jewelry, however, is different. Jewelry can be passed down for generations, standing up to the tests of time and trends, giving it a powerful significance. The pieces a woman wears day after day seem to speak louder than her choice of blouse or shoes. If you want to give a gift for a truly momentous occasion, you give jewelry. First communion? Cross necklace. Sweet sixteen? Pearl earrings. College graduation? Tennis bracelet. Engagement? Ring. No disposable top or sweater will do for such an event; you want it to be remembered and cherished for longer than the life of an average fringe trend.
The result of this is that your jewelry box becomes a collection of tokens that represent your life’s work. The struggles, the accomplishments, the happy, and the sad. Just off the top of my head I can think of a silver bangle I bought in Spain the first time I went to Europe (it’s engraved on the inside with my name and “España 2008″ and because of that I will never throw it out), an emerald ring that is passed down to the oldest daughter in my family on her 16th birthday, a 100 inch long pearl necklace that was my first major jewelry purchase for myself with my salary after graduation, a diamond pendant that I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away, and a pair of Tiffany earrings I bought myself after paying off my first student loan.
Some items in your jewelry box may not survive for long, but the truly meaningful pieces, the ones tied to special life events or even special people, will last forever. It’s these pieces that get passed down across generations only to accumulate more significance, and because of this I am a huge fan of keeping both your jewelry collection and the individual pieces in it unique. I have found that the hidden corners of the jewelry world tend to house some of the best pieces, and after browsing around Invaluable’s site I can see plenty of drool worthy jewels that are nothing like what you would find at the typical jewelry store in the mall. Plus the added benefit of it being an auction site means you can A) score that new cocktail ring at a fraction of the price and B) get a story to tell at cocktail parties while doing it.