11 January 2010
SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE
J'adore bijoux! I love, love, love it. Bedecked, bedazzled and bewildered by metals, gems and stones, I worship at the altar of accessories. It's no surprise to those that know me, as I regularly turn up to Sixth Form looking more like a jewellery stand than a student. But hey, jewellery is for wearing, right?!
So imagine my delight when I recieved a (belated) Christmas present from a friend of mine today, the gorgeous leopard clasp bracelet you can see in the top image. It's a quirky piece, with inky black stones and twinkling diamante set in antique-feel silver metal. Animal jewellery is always favourable in my eyes, allowing us to convey the same strength, grace and power as the beings we are wearing. Who wouldn't want to be a lioness, given the chance?! Of course, the little creatures are just as desirable. Fish are fantastic as brooches, while birds and butterflies look terrific dangling from your earlobes. I'm a huge believer in independent style, animal jewellery adds just the right amount of interest to an outfit.
Of course, stunning classic pieces are no less captivating than their figuratively formed counterparts. The second image posted above shows my favourite piece of the minute: a delicate pair of drop earrings given to me by my mother just yesterday. I've always loved diamonds and pearls, whether real or costume, and they work a treat together. I can't wait to wear them out. Vintage jewellery has a quality that the high street struggles to provide, with classic, sweet designs. Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette, starring Kirsten Dunst, is a delight if you're into vintage jewels! But mostly, I'm a sucker for a story. My mother wore these on her wedding day; a special occasion in anyone's books. I love the idea that these pieces had a life before me, and I'm priveliged to be the next person to take them on their journey. Who knows where they'll be in another sixty years time?
I have heaps of jewellery, and soon I'll do post on my favourite pieces. I'd love to hear what jewellery means to you and about your personal accessorising style! But for now, revision beckons! I thank you for sticking with Bella's Boutique, and I'll leave you with a promise to blog more, blog better and blog longer! Let's make 2010 Boutique's year.