I love all kinds of jewelry--fine, fashion, costume, handmade, novelty...there is literally no kind of jewelry I don't love. At the core of my love for jewelry are those pieces that I can wear all the time, without taking them off. They are a subtle reminder of a person or place that is special to me.
A few of my favorite jewelry staples came from my college years. My junior year, I spent the summer in Duluth, Minnesota. We went to Thunder Bay, Ontario one weekend and ended up at a video game arcade. I used all of my tickets to buy these glitter gel bracelets that I liked. And then I ended up wearing them for a solid year (only taking them off once for a work function where I had to really dress up). The next summer, I spent in Juarez, Mexico, and I ended up giving my bracelets to some of the children who lived at the school we worked at. I also picked up a blue handkerchief necklace one of our participants made me and wore it until it broke later that fall. Those are the kind of pieces I love the most--ones with a story that I am reminded of every time I feel and see them.
This past year, I fell in love with two pieces of jewelry, and I have worn them non-stop since I got them.
Those are my favorites right now. I'd love to see what pieces you love--feel free to share in the comments below.