And now, with pictures! Sorry for the technical snafu yesterday and thanks to those who pointed it out.
I am a wear-the-same-basic-jewelry-every-day kinda gal. Sometimes I throw in a statement necklace or swap in a more casual bracelet, but most days you’ll catch me wearing a metallic cuff bracelet, my wedding/engagement rings, and gold stud earrings. Today I’ll tell you about updating my bracelet after it sustained damage, and adding a ring (whoa!).
Up until recently, this vintage cuff was my bracelet:
It was my grandma’s and I loved wearing it. It reminded me of her and had a style you just don’t see anymore. Paired with relatively simple outfits, it really popped.
But costume jewelry from the 60s isn’t made of Teflon. After several years of wearing it almost every day, it cracked.
I still wore it for awhile, since the crack wasn’t super noticeable. But it kept catching on things, and I realized that if I ever wanted to get it fixed I should probably stop wearing it to prevent further damage. So onto my dresser top it went, where I could still see it every day and smile at the memory of my grandma:
In the meantime, I had a serious case of NAB. (Go Fug Yourself readers will recognize this acronym as “Needs a Bracelet.”) I knew I wanted a cuff; they don’t flop around like bangles or cut off you circulation like elastic bracelets and they’re not infernally hard to put on like regular ol’ clasp bracelets are. Unsurprisingly, the last bracelet I had worn to death was a cuff as well; they just feel elegant and “me.”
So I started searching the jewelry counter at the Goodwill. I found a few bangles in good color schemes (off white and gold) and a silver cuff I really liked, but no gold cuffs. After several weeks of keeping my eyes peeled, I stopped into the Thriftique and lo and behold, this baby was waiting for me:
At first I was worried it would feel a little too bold – it was a much yellower gold than my previous bracelet, more in your face. But it was much narrower than my last cuff, and I loved the beaten texture. I reminded myself that Grandma’s cuff took some time to move from giving me an “I AM WEARING COSTUME JEWELRY” feeling to being my signature statement piece, and then I gave it some time.
Now it feels like a natural part of my wardrobe and fits with seemingly everything (and doesn’t get caught on sleeves like my last one did).
The stamp on it says Monet, which is a J.C. Penney brand; quality-wise it’s not going to be around forever, but when it “dies” (as my spouse likes to say) I can thrift a new one that will have its own character, or go back to wearing my grandma’s repaired cuff.
I have a whole collection of rings, mostly my mom’s vintage stuff and a few sentimental pieces from junior high/high school when I was an avid ring wearer. But I rarely pull them out, mostly because my bracelet is hogging the attention in the hand/wrist department and I don’t want to compete. I was looking through them for some reason a few weeks ago, though, and was struck by how the color and bold style of this one matched my recently acquired cuff replacement:
It was my mom’s original wedding ring (she has since moved on to something with diamonds). It’s a Möbius strip, which I think makes for great symbolism. I absolutely LOVE how simple and yet unexpected the design is; in my head this is a top-tier style-blogger level of finger jewelry, though quite a bit chunkier than what’s popular in that set.
When she got married her fingers must have been TINY; it doesn’t fit on my ring finger, so I wear it on my pinky which I think gives it more panache anyway:
It’s a tiny bit loose; I have to be careful when I get my hands wet. I’ll probably take it to a jeweler to size it down. Any recommendations?
So there you go; secondhand jewelry all the way. I hope you enjoyed the update and would love to know what treasures you sport every day!
3 thoughts on “Updated Post: Updating My Basic Jewelry”
Only your first two photos on this post are loading for me for some reason. But anyway, I had to say, bracelets are just NOT my thing. They look so elegant on others, and how wonderful that you got to wear your grandmother’s cuff for so long. I’m a little jealous that other women can wear bracelets so easily, but they feel like they’re in my way when I’m trying to work or paint or type. My favorite type of jewelry is earrings. Yeah, earrings rock!
I am also unable to see any photos but the first two. Bracelets and earrings are my favorite jewelry, especially this time of year when necklaces frequently feel so heavy. I favor elbow-length or 3/4 sleeve tops in the warm weather and they are perfect for showing off bracelets. It is sweet that you have a daily reminder of your grandma sitting on your dresser. That is also where my favorite photo of my late Mimi sits. I love seeing her everyday!
Thanks for the update so we can see the pics! I don’t know if they still do, but at one time Monet carried a lifetime warranty, no matter what… I had a gold hinge cuff from JC Penney and after a few years, the hinge was wonky. I took it back, sans receipt, and they replaced it with a similar one (they said it was because of Monet’s warranty). Love the new look, especially the ring!