Hey, yo! It’s FriYAY and as per usual, I am inordinately happy about it. I love me some weekend, y’all.
Today I feel like talking about a few different jewelry styles, because we’ve talked a lot of fashion over the past year, and not once have we gone into detail about bling.
And mama loves her bling, y’all.
Anyway, I’m going to preface this by saying that I have, like, zero expertise on this subject. I am qualified for this discussion entirely through my obsession with sparkly things, so, you know, take it for what it’s worth.
Ok, legal disclaimer done. Let’s go!
These pieces are minimalist. When I think of minimalist jewelry, I think of dainty, unfussy pieces in simple palettes. Gems are usually small and natural stones, although they don’t have to be stone. I’ve seen a lot of nature-inspired minimalist jewelry using leather and even concrete beads.
Yep. Concrete. Pinterest is wildin’ sometimes.
I lean towards minimalist pieces for every day wear, but I can’t fully commit to it because tbh I’m kind of extra, and these pieces are subtle.
Classic jewelry is timeless and elegant; you can pair any of these pieces with a ballgown or leggings and still be polished and put-together.
In this category, I think of quality over quantity. Mikimoto pearls, Tiffany Diamonds By The Yard necklace, that sort of thing. Not necessarily for the brand – my rings came from a local island jeweler and are every bit as special as something ‘brand named’ – but for the timeless designs.
Vintage jewelry covers a very broad range of styles and designs, so it’s probably kind of unfair for me to reference it all as ‘vintage’. You’ve got the ornate filigree pieces of the Victorian era. You’ve got the bold lines and geometric shapes of the Art Deco period. The stylized, swoopy feminine pieces in enamel and porcelain and other mediums in the Mid Century period. Bold colored plastic in the 80s. I mean, it’s a whole spectrum, really.
But generally speaking, a vintage style would be on the ornate side, with lesser gems or other accent pieces (like enamel).
Heavily influenced by the Native American art so prevalent in the geographical area in which this style originated, southwestern jewelry is what I think of when I think of the NFR (National Finals Rodeo, for those of you folks who aren’t well acquainted with this yearly event).
Over-the-top layers, lots of turquoise and sterling silver, and use of natural elements like feathers, wood, beads, and leather.
It’s a whole look, y’all.
When I think of ‘trendy’ jewelry, I think of popular costume pieces like Kendra Scott, Pura Vida, or Pandora. Not typically high quality stones or metals, develop a mass cult following, and then a few years later, you can find them at Nordstrom Rack for pretty cheap.
Not that mama’s complaining, you understand.
As I’ve aged, my skin has become highly sensitive – like, she’s a total snob, y’all. I used to be able to wear costume or gold-filled jewelry with zero issues, but a few hours of wearing a pair of my KS earrings and my ears are swollen and red. But I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been known to jump on a trend or (five hundred and)two.
So what do you think? Do you have a definite jewelry style, or do you keep things funky and mix and match according to your outfit?
Have a great weekend, friends!