- Fashion and Beauty
Jewelry: Adding the Finishing Touches Makes Me Feel More Complete
Silpada Jewelry and Coldwater Creek Designs are my Favorite
I used to think I was not a "jewelry person." I sometimes hear people say that they are not a "jewelry person." I guess that means they don't like to wear jewelry. I especially hear men say this...when they don't want to wear a wedding ring. Hmmm, I think maybe that has some other reasons behind it, but that's their decision.
As I have grown older, I have realized that I value jewelry much more than I thought. If I don't wear jewelry, I feel somewhat naked as I leave my house to go out into the world. Being a bargain hunter by nature, I never was a woman who wanted my significant other to spend a lot of money on jewelry for me. That's seemed like a waste of money. But that all changed when I discovered Silpada jewelry.
I was reading a magazine one day on vacation and read about a company called Park Lane Jewels. It was a magazine article promoting how much fun the Park Lane Jewels representatives were having earning money doing home parties. I checked out their website when I got home and definitely did not like their style of jewelry ( No offense to Park Lane employees or representatives). It simply was not jewelry I felt comfortable wearing. I wished there was a company whose jewelry I did like, that was fairly inexpensive, but maybe a Western Style of sterling silver. I found a few other jewelry lines online but then happened upon the website for Silpada. I had never heard of this company before, but back in 2008, they had a lot of Western-styled beautiful necklaces and bracelets that I fell in love with. I looked through the online catalog and saw many pieces I would love to have. It turned out they were a home party company. I did some more research and was turned off by the prices, but still excited about the style. I thought about becoming a representative, and one day while doing laundry, a thought popped into my head. I thought, ' Wouldn't it be wonderful to dress every day in a style that I was comfortable with and be able to wear jewelry that made me feel complete?" That thought surprised me and propelled me on to become a Silpada Representative for two years. Through parties, I was able to obtain much of the jewelry I loved at a discount to be used as demos, but also to wear myself. At the end of the two-year period, I decided to stop because the styles in the new catalog were just not me anymore. But I had a collection of silver that I loved from that experience. Once I stopped being a representative, a friend mentioned to me that I might be able to find some of the Silpada pieces I still liked on eBay. I went to check it out and was shocked at all the beautiful Silpada jewelry I found there. I always buy it there now and am getting some great deals. (Sorry to the Silpada reps reading this!)
I also like the clothing store, Coldwater Creek. When perusing through their catalogs, I found many different necklaces that appealed to me. Since I am once again a bargain hunter first, I decided to go to the Coldwater Creek Outlet store online. Low and behold, they have some amazing sales, and I have been able to purchase jewelry there, in the outlet area, sometimes even at 40% off the outlet price. I get goosebumps just thinking about my latest purchase of a beautiful beaded bracelet that was originally $59 in the outlet, and I purchased it for $12. I was so excited, and every time I wear it, I still get a little thrill knowing the great bargain I got on it.
My parents went out West each winter ( from Connecticut) every year for about ten years. After seeing me wear Silpada, my mom knew I loved sterling silver necklaces so would periodically bring one home for me. Each has a stone in it, and most of them are turquoise. They are hand crafted by Native Americans which makes them extra special to me. I wear these necklaces when they match my sweaters and always think of her with love each time I wear one, for the gift she gave me.
I have other jewelry as well that I love to wear. But I wear it because it has a special meaning to me. I wear a sterling silver bracelet that my husband gave me. It is quite remarkable in that it has a poem by e.e. cummings etched into it. Most people can't even see the words as they are so tiny. But I know they are there. And if by chance someone asks me about the words, I am happily reminded of how much my husband loves me. The words hold so much meaning for me that I couldn't imagine leaving the house without it. Knowing how special the words on this bracelet are, I feel surrounded by his love every time I put it on before leaving the house. The poem etched on the bracelet is:
i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
And of course, there are my engagement and wedding rings which are so very special to me because they are from my wonderful husband. (See picture below) They will always be my favorite.
So apparently, I AM a "jewelry person." My jewelry box is full of only treasured pieces that each make a statement of who I am to the world.
Here's an example of the Silpada Cross ring I have and wear it on my pinky finger to tell the world what I believe! I love it!
Do you have a favorite type of jewelry?
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© 2013 Karen Hellier