Jewelry is the go-to gift for sooooo many reasons, love, being the primary one. When people decide they want to spend their lives together, one gives the other a diamond ring and then they give each other wedding bands at the actually ceremony. A nice big sparkly rock that costs a lot of money is supposed to signify the relationship. Cause gifts are our currency for our relationships, remember?!?! How do you manifest or come up with something physical to represent your commitment to someone? Love is a saucy minx, right?
Why do I love jewelry? For a few reasons. It makes me feel more beautiful. Society has probably conditioned this in me, but I totally buy into it. I've been wearing 4+ rings on my fingers for the last decade. I used to wear rings on my toes (Cali girl, always in flip-flops), a necklace, and I have each ear pierced twice. There is something about the sparkle or the delicate metal that makes my mangled knuckles look more feminine and consequently makes me feel more beautiful.
I also think I wear jewelry as an opportunity to brand myself, but without the permanence of a tattoo. I walked across the entire country of Spain in 2006 with all my belongings on my back. At the end of the 28 day journey, I wanted something to commemorate it. T-shirts seemed to meaningless, so did mugs and almost all kitschy items in the shops. But then I went into this jewelry shop and and found a Celtic ring that I fell in love with and bought. I wore it for the next 6+ years. I still have it (it got a bit smashed while skiing one day and I haven't fixed it) and I still love it. It reminds me of this really important journey I experienced and survived.
If you read my last post, you will already know that my jewelry also makes me feel connected to my family. Over many years my great-grandma, my grandma and my mom have given me jewelry. When I wear these pieces, my inner goddess sparkles with maternal, feminine power. Seriously.
Basically, I fucking love jewelry.
So where can you get awesome jewelry??? Here are a few options.
The One-Of-A-Kind it might be too gorgeous to wear" option: Ari O Jewelry
Ari O is first and foremost and artist. She's a maker and a fantastic metal-smither. HIGH quality material and crafts-womanship and totally unique. She's getting more into gemstones so if that's your flavor, CALL her. She sells out of stuff fast and a portion of her creations don't make it on her website. When I have a fistfull of cash, I'm going to commission a custom piece. And when my 'bae' is ready to commit, ARI O better be making my diamond ring. (hint, hint!)
The "I fucking want it ALL" option: Mejuri ("All" being affordable, high quality, and BRANDED)
Did you say, "Stackable rings"? Why yes, Mejuri speaks stackable rings (my favorite kind!)! For me, Mejuri really does have it all. It has fierce and bold pieces AND it has delicate sparkly pieces. Also worth noting that for a lot of pieces you can chose if you want a real or 'fake' stone depending on your budget. And same goes for your metal options. Mejuri is also getting "famous" people/trend setters (I think this boils down to people that fucking rock at Instagram and have a billion followers) to create pieces and you can buy something they designed! How cool is that?!?
The "DIY" option: GEM SHOWS!
After a failed startup and some serious cash flow options, buying jewelry hasn't been an option for me. Thankfully my great friend Melissa is super into making her own necklaces and going to gem shows in my neighborhood! Yep, she dragged me to my first gem show about a year ago and I'm totally hooked. I didn't buy anything my first time, because it was OVERWHELMING. I left with a ton of ideas and the next show, I bought a few pendants and chains and made some gorgeous necklaces for my step-sisters, sister-sister, and my mom. Gem shows are awesome and you can find some KILLER vintage stuff, buy your own stones, buy cheap-o beads, or whatever you are into. Just Google "gem show near me" and see if there are any near you!