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Friday, September 26, 2008


What Do You Wear?

What do you wear for daily jewelry? I saw this question on a message board. Truly, I didn’t even answer the thread. Just read it and some of the responses and moved on. One of the people who post on this board frequently wrote me an e-mail and thought this would make an interesting subject for my column here.

At the time I agreed, but for some reason I was actually ahead of myself and had 3 weeks worth of material “in the queue”. But I have been keeping it on the backburner.

This morning when I opened up my trusty computer here, I decided I really didn’t know what to write about-it’s happened before, but something usually comes up. This time what came up was this question-

What do you wear for your daily jewelry? If I want to be technical (and lord knows where that takes me!), the actual question was: Do you wear your wedding rings?

Both are interesting questions.

Finally, I’ll answer-yes, I have always worn my wedding band, my engagement ring and when my husband bought me one-I added an anniversary band to the daily wear. I’ve worn it swimming, during surgery, walking around downtown LA-doesn’t matter to me! Those three rings mean as much to me as the man who bestowed them on me.

What other jewelry do I wear? A watch is a must. Although it’s not all that necessary. Wherever I go there is some way to know what time it is. My computer is telling me it’s 8:19, my cell phone has the time on it as well. If I’m in my kitchen-I have the clock on the range, the microwave, the coffee pot and if I look due south-the cable box and the DVR and VCR have the time on them. I also wear one of 3 necklaces. Okay, I tend to wear them for about 6-8 months before changing them, but I do wear one.

At the moment, the one on my neck is a silver heart within a heart from Tiffany’s that my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day.

Oh, there’s my tennis bracelet. Again, my husband gave it to me for our 25th anniversary and it means a lot to me. Doesn’t matter if I’m making waffles for breakfast or cleaning out the dishwasher-these items are on my body. And a pair of diamond studs-17th anniversary.

My husband buys me diamonds with less hesitance than buying food.

I do take off my watch and bracelet to go to sleep, but the rest are on my person.

If you think I’m “dolled” up, you should see my mom! She wears her wedding bands, her mother’s engagement ring, a diamond ring that belonged to her best friend. The lady had passed away and her son knew my mom would appreciate having the memento. She also wears a Star of David that my dad gave her as an engagement present. About two years ago he bought her a diamond heart, so she has been wearing them both.

She wears a watch, but no earring or bracelets.

My sister wears her wedding set, but she has a lot of jewelry, so she changes things daily.

I don’t know how she keeps track. She’s also really good with numbers. I’m not sure if there’s a correlation between being able to do math and making sure all of your jewelry gets equal use, but I thought I’d throw that fact in-I have trouble doing simple equations with the help of a calculator.

And now for your input-What jewelry to you wear and is there a story behind the pieces you’ve chosen?

Hi Carine,

Having suggested this article, guess I'd best respond to your question!

As you know, I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I wear my wedding rings only when I go out -- and then it's a choice of which one! If I dress up, I wear my three stone (garnets) one; if casual, my late husband's wedding band. I also frequently wear the garnet cross he gave me for Christmas one year. Love my good jewelry but can't imagine wearing it all the time! Mary
I wear a small diamond cross 99% of the time. I will use the same chain and put a diamond "Past, Present, Future" pendant on it then. I always wear my wedding rings, and my mom's diamond engagement ring on my left pinky finger. I usually have on a watch too and sometimes earrings.
Right now my only "daily" jewelry is the opal ring my honey gave me to say we are "going steady." I hope to soon add an engagement ring ☺
Jewelry, eh. I wish you would have chosen a more gender neutral term, though I can't think of one at the moment.

Neither me nor my wife like to wear jewelry. I wouldn't even wear my wedding ring if I had my choice. Anything worn on my fingers or wrist feels so restrictive.

So I never wear a watch. I'm pretty good at spotting the time on the person's watch next to me though. Who knows? Some day it could be you. Be kind to the man with his head slightly cocked looking at your wrist. (And hopefully it's not digital)
Hi Mary,
I have a strand of pearls that I love, but hardly wear. Scared to death something will happen to it
anonymous, thank you for sharing!
I use the same chain for my star of david and my past,present, future necklace.
Congrats!!!! I hope you get the diamond/engagement very soon!
is there a more neutral term for jewelry?
Don't worry, at 50 I'd be thrilled to see someone (okay my hubby looks a lot)looking at me.
Hi Carine,

jewelery is important, it says something about who you are and what you stand for.
I wear a family ring displaying our family crest. I also wear diamond studs and a solid 18K strong gold bracelet as well as a good solid Omega watch. I never change, unless there is an occaision requiring a softer, more dressed up look. My usual jewelery look goes with me, while swimming, playing Tennis or into the office, with Jeans or a business suit.

I do not like the many coloures of beads and bangles, or the cheap, fake jewelery that is seen at the entrance of so many department stores.

Regards, mit freundlichem Gruß,

Sabine von Streben
Welcome to my blog! I agree, what we wear does show who we are and what our "style" is. Like you, I'm not much for beads and things. I do tend to keep to my special pieces.
Hope that you come back and visit often!
Carine: I wear my wedding band in one hand and my father's on my other.For necklaces I wear the ones I make with shells and pebbles I gather at the beaches I go, with other natural materials. A fiend just called me "Hippie Lore" because of them. A watch and a knitted bracelet a little girl gave me 2 years ago at Chiapas, south of Mexico, because we made friends, never take it off. Don't have fancy expensive jewlery and I guess If I won the lottery I couldn't by them.I don't think they make me preetier, see?
Lorena aka Salmona
Welcome to my blog! I think your jewelry sounds very lovely. What counts is that it means something to you and gives you the ultimate pleasure. Hope you come back soon and often!
Jewelry is very important to me. It is more than just adornment, it is personal because(beside my wedding band) I only wear what I create! Every day, I carefully choose the pieces that will compliment my outfit. I hope I can share my new shop.

Thank you for this topic!
Julie, thank you for joining us! How wonderful that you have such a great talent!
I too wear what is very personal to me. I have other pieces that sit in my safe-too scared to wear the pearls for fear they'll break. and a couple of bracelets that seem to sit b/c I love the tennis bracelet hubby bought me! Hope you come back!
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