Why Jewelry Is Important (to me)

I recently came away from a conversation that made me feel guilty about my jewelry collection.  I have had a love affair with jewelry for as long as I can remember.  For the past near decade, I have been in a financial position that does not afford me much leeway in acquiring such pieces.  I continue to do so anyways, utilizing many scheming plots to get the jewelry I want.

I have amassed quite a collection for someone that has worked at Starbucks for nearly 6 years.  I boast a gorgeous and most coveted piece on my left wrist.  It is a white gold Cartier Love bracelet.  Frank has a matching one in yellow gold.  Though mine has lost its shine due to daily wear for years now, it is my absolute favorite piece.  We exchanged bracelets to signify our commitment to each other because I could give a damn about having an engagement ring, no offense to those that sport a sparkler on their finger.  For those of you that may not know, the Love bracelet first came out in 1970 and the designer’s name is Aldo Cipullo.  It has continued to be an iconic piece for Cartier, and a piece that represents a tremendous amount of love between us.

I also have, among other things, a well rounded selection of Trollbeads (for those of you not familiar with them, here is a link: http://www.trollbeads.com).  My collection has gotten a bit out of hand (due to a flurry of Trollbead shops jumping ship and slashing pirces), and though I am currently in the process of culling those that do not fit within my favored designs, there won’t be many leaving.  The modular design of Trollbeads allows me to change my bracelet design at a moment’s notice, and due to my flights of fancy that can be several times a day.  I share my love of Trollbeads with one very important person in my life; my sister.  Though my collection has far outgrown hers, we started Trollbeads together and my favorites are the ones we first started collecting.  Everytime I wear my Trollbeads, I think of my sister, our artistic/poetic talents and our Piscean/sister bond.

My latest obsession is David Yurman.  I procured a cuff just over a month ago when the timing was right at Bloomies, and got quite the deal.  I can see why he is so popular.  His main designs are created in sterling silver, and he has no issues with setting diamonds in silver; something alot of jewelers do not like to do.  My first piece was a sterling silver cuff with gold accents and two beautifully faceted lemon citrines on each end of the cuff.  I haven’t bought anything with gemstones in quite some time because, quite frankly, I prefer the art of the metal over the presentation of the stone.  However, DY was able to combine these two such things in a gorgeous way.  I can see why so many people have at least one cuff.  I am currently awaiting my last piece for the ban, a Starburst necklace.  Might as well start my jewelry ban with a bang!  I find it almost rebellious how he chooses to combine silver and diamonds. 

Now, before I go on, and on I shall, let me explain my ban. 

I need to do this.  I really do not have the money.  How I have been able to juggle it for this long is an art, and I have done quite well at brainstorming and getting beautiful pieces at a fraction of the retail cost.  I only have paid for a few things full price, and not to be too self congratulatory, but I think I did pretty well for someone with champagne tastes and beer pockets.  But I need to sit back and enjoy what I have.  Some pieces are classic and timeless, some are funky and artisan, and some are considered downright tacky.  I have plenty, and I truly have all that I want. 

Final thoughts on this ban: I do have some concerns.  I am like a raven; shiny things have quite the pull over me, and I wonder if I will be able to refrain from dipping into reserves that I shouldn’t dip into in order to have the shiny thing in my sweaty palm.  I can look into my heart, and I do know that I have truly gotten alot of great pieces, and I think my ban can be lifted once I am in a monetarily good employed position.  So it might be a year or several; it might be less than a year, if I can ever get out of the seven hells of Starbucks.  But that is when my ban can be lifted.  I have already purchased my 40th birthday present to myself to beat the price increase, and after wearing it out for a day, am putting it away until next February.  I do hope that this ban will not cause me too much distress; I have enough stress in my life as it is.  However, I shall stick with it and find ways to explore my feelings about it.

Enough on that.

Jewelry, quite simply, is two things to me, and sometimes these two things can occur at the same time with one thing.  Jewelry is memories captured in a tangible form, and jewelry is wearable art.  I love art.  I love art in all of its forms, but I love jewelry because I can wear it, almost like a talisman, and I can take that little piece of art with me wherever I go.  There is nothing I enjoy more than a well written book of poetry or prose, an energetic concert, a painting that creates a moment that I can sit within for as long as I wish, sculpture that I can reach out and touch (hence why I love public art so much)… Art is terribly important to me, and if I don’t get enough of it in my life, I can sense the changes within me and I need to fix it as soon as possible.  One of my newest to do lists is to visit every museum that I have been interested in.  There are still a good number of them between here and San Francisco that I have not seen, and I am so ready to visit.  Any and all, I love the curated works and how much one can learn.  I think one of my top favorite museums has been the computer museum in Palo Alto.  Frank and I were totally immersed, and it felt like pure oxygen had been given to us as we stumbled out of there hours later. 

Elsa Peretti, David Yurman, Aldo Cipullo, Soren Nielsen… I love their works of art, and respect their craft.  This is why jewelry is important to me.

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