I recently partnered with a client to organize her jewelry collection. I noticed she had beautiful, dainty and delicate pieces.
I loved them — so much so that her jewelry style led me to have an epiphany.
For so long, I have worn big, heavy pieces of jewelry. But they do not work with my petite frame.
Plus, I have wanted to clean out my jewelry to make it compatible with my capsule wardrobe. Just like my clothes, I wanted a few amazing pieces that I wear all the time.
So I called our favorite stylist, Sheon The Stylist, to help create a capsule jewelry collection.
Hear me on this – jewelry is my thing. They know me by name at Reliable Jewelry. I visit their jewelry like they are relatives. And, of course, I have a wish list there.
My point is this: No one loves jewelry more than I. If I can create a minimalist jewelry collection, so can you.
As I predicted, Sheon said most of my jewelry, including cocktail rings, were too big. She’s taught me I have to be mindful of the clothes and jewelry I buy. I have to focus on small because I am small.
First, she suggested I repurpose some things, like a lapis necklace from my grandmother. I took it to Roblyn, and they turned it into three bracelets – at Sheon’s suggestion.
Second, she suggested I sell some jewelry that did not work for me. I had two David Yurman bracelets that were gigantic in circumference on my wrists. I also had a beaded Slane bracelet that Sheon said was too thick.
I also sold all of my earrings – including a half dozen pearl earrings and some silver Ippolita hoops.
I am just not a pearl girl, and I don’t even know where I got the pearl earrings. And I do not change out my earrings.
I kept thinking I would give the earrings to my daughter. But she is 9 and does not have pierced ears. And she won’t until she is at least a teenager. That is a long time for me to store them. Plus, I will buy her new ones when I let her get her ears pierced.
So I traded them in at Reliable for ONE pair of small, delicate earrings. I have not taken them out since I got them because they are the only ones I own.
I guess I should confess that while I am not buying clothes this year, I did not include jewelry in my hiatus. Don’t worry, I am not going on a jewelry shopping spree. After all, I am writing now about how I gave up most of my jewelry.
I am also saving up for real jewelry, which means I can’t buy a ton of it.
Just so you know, I am not anti-shopping. I believe you should buy what you love, but buy quality that is going to last forever. Real jewelry lasts forever.
Sheon got my jewelry collection down to just a few pieces, so it’s easy to pick out accessories when I am getting dressed. I only have my favorites. I feel so free.
Here’s what I have left. Are you ready to clean out your jewelry?