Costume jewelry



  From top: A Little Dot Cubic from Etsy, Quarry Triangle Necklace & Hunter Gather(er) Stone Necklace

I'm not one usually for wearing jewelry and shunned away from them for the longest time. On regular days, I have a watch and engagement ring, nothing more. Lately however, I've been quite taken with minimalist handmade jewelry that seem to add a touch of je ne sais quoi to an outfit - the kind of jewelry that seem to elevate a simple combination of tee shirt and jeans into something with a little more personality.

Over the weekend I had some time to saunter downtown and check out the sales at Barney's and Totokaelo. I am happy to report that I picked up nothing at Barney's (leftovers of a dismal selection of Band of Outsiders, Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone). At Totokaelo however my willpower was tested and broken. I tried on various items that didn't quite fit but pick up two new Hope Byronesse tees (my collection is complete! Black, white and stripes!) and the Quarry by Ninh Wysocan Triangle Necklace that I've been pining over for a really long time. For some reason, the abstract shapes seem really amusing and interesting to me.

Along with what I call costume jewelry as shown above, I have a pearl lariat necklace which was the first jewelry the then boyfriend ever bought me and a Wouters & Hendrix necklace I bought on sale from La Garconne. I occasionally also wear a white gold necklace with a cross that my mum got for me for my 16th birthday. I think I'm finally at the point where I can say no to any new jewelry but since I saw the interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg posted by Miss Sophie, I'm now wanting a simple diamond solitaire on a short necklace.

13 comments :

  1. They are all lovely! I am especially drawn to the Hunter Gather(er) stone necklace - love anything with an organic, nature motif. I'm not much of a jewellery person, which is just as well since it's probably best not to get started. Charlotte Gainsbourg's necklace is very lovely, and classic - my mum is always after me to buy like it as an investment and has offered it as a birthday gift several time, but I don't know, I'm inclined to think it's wasted on me, except as an investment tucked away in a drawer.

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  2. @lin I think jewelry is a phase. It's one of those things that sometimes can catch your fancy and sometimes you feel like it's cumbersome and unnecessary. Maybe you just have to wait for the right thing to catch your eye. =)

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  3. Nice necklace collection! The Charlotte Gainsbourg's necklace is classic but a bit uninteresting. You can spend your money better elsewhere.

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  4. I love the first necklace, Etsy is perfect for jewelley if you don't want to spend a fortune and still find something that's made with a little love. So you got the Byronesse in white and black? I've only seen the striped one. Hope is having a presale on Saturday, that's very dangerous for me.

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  5. @Wrapped in Firs
    Aww, I think I'll use a diamond ring my mum gave me that was too large and convert that into a bezel solitaire.

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  6. @Garderoben
    Yes, Etsy is really great but I'm usually too lazy to sort through the good and the downright ugly stuff so I rely on well curated stores like Totokaelo to tell me what to wear =) I picked up the white and black Byronesse just last week. The weird thing is that the sizes for the black and white were numerical e.g. 34/36... etc. and the stripes was in XS/S etc. I found that the numerical ones run a little short. But Hope tees are fantastic, just the way they drape and the comfort of it. Worth every penny. I don't want to promote unnecessary buying but if you think you'll get use out of the tees (I wear mine almost every other day), then you should definitely get some during the sales.

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  7. All these necklaces are awesome! Charlotte Gainsbourg is a great and talented designer jewelry! In my opinion, Etsy is perfect for jewelry if you don't want to spend a lot of money.

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  8. I love your necklaces. The shapes really do spice up a simple outfit. I'm always on the hunt for a nice dainty gold necklace with some sort of pendant that I can wear and never take off. The Satomi Kawakita brown diamond circle necklace at Totokaelo is at the top of my list, but it's still more than I can afford right now.

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  9. @kim23
    Wow, I don't know if you're a troll or what. This is amazing, you sound realistic but yet promote a completely random jewelry website.

    @jennifer
    Satomi Kawakita really does make some nice stuff. I was contemplating getting a placeholder engagement ring from her but I decided to go with Blanca Monros Gomez instead - a little cheaper and I think her designs are more of my style (i.e. a little more refined and less organic).

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  10. @Amanda I'm too lazy to sort through Etsy too, I ususally just look up the shops that are mentioned on blogs I read:). I wear my Hope tops all the time, I like how they drape too. I got one in wine/burgundy on sale yesterday.

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  11. I like your necklace, wink wink ;) My mom and I just went back to Bolinas last weekend to search for more treasures, the rocks you can find there are just amazing!

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  12. @ashley
    Thanks for stopping by, Ashley. I'm always on the lookout for more of your jewelry but have so far only been able to find the stone necklace. It's really lovely and I hope you'll be making other ones. I'll be the first at Jill's store to pick one up. =)

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  13. Oh my, I love these necklaces! I've been really into brass these days. A rough and tumble gold I suppose. Will definitely have to check out these Etsy sellers!

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