Growing up I remembered associating women with the jewelry they wore. Whether it was a ring, their earrings, or a necklace, their jewelry seemed to define them in my eyes. It seems that only now do I have that set of everyday jewelry – the pieces that are defining my style and becoming recognizable by my friends and family.
In high school and college, my friends knew me for my eclectic jewelry. Every time we traveled somewhere, I sought out unique pieces (usually necklaces). I remember one particularly fanciful crescent shaped piece of glass (in lime green and blue of course) – oh how my styles have changed! Eventually I wore through the pieces and stopped replacing them when we traveled. But all those pieces have shaped my current selection.
EVERYDAY JEWELRY | NECKLACES
Necklaces is where I have the most options. You may remember I shared a necklace here that my parents gave me. Not only do I love the pendant, but it reminds me of my dad, making missing him just that much easier. I have one other small gold necklace that does the same. It’s my name written in Hebrew – a memento that is meaningful on many levels.
Besides those two necklaces, however, I have two others that I wear on the regular. They’re both by jewelry designer Natalie Frigo. The first, a gold necklace of antlers was a find in my hometown a few years ago. Back in college, I’d bought a similarly shaped necklace of a dove for a few dollars at Forever 21. Even as the necklace tarnished over the years, it never failed to garner compliments every single time I wore it. And I just couldn’t let it go, until I found its replacement. This antler necklace was it – and it brings just as many compliments as its predecessor (thankfully without the tarnishing).
The second necklace by Natalie Frigo is this claw charm pendant necklace – the perfectly understated long necklace that pairs wells with everything. I love Natalie’s pieces because their recycled and reclaimed gold and their vintage coloring helps them to match white and yellow gold alike. I also love that the pieces are earth and animal focused – a style very unlike me, but it seems to provide the perfect point of interest to my usually sedate or monochrome style.
EVERYDAY JEWELRY | EARRINGS
What you can’t see in these photos are my diamond studs. I wear them day in and day out and have for more than 10 years. Even though cute dangly earrings were why I pierced my ears when I was 17 (quickly followed by a second and third pair of holes), I’ve never been able to wear them with ease. It’s not even a comfort thing; I’ve just never thought they looked good with my face – so it’s been studs ever since.
EVERYDAY JEWELRY | RINGS
I’ve never thought I had dainty fingers, so while I love the dainty ring trend, it just isn’t for me. Instead what I’ve found are sturdier pieces of jewelry with a slightly bigger profile that fit my fingers perfectly. The two rings I alternate between everyday are both by LAGOS. The first is the classic X ring and the second is a studded, stacking band. The rings are both silhouettes which I love, but they’re sturdy enough that I don’t worry about hurting them no matter what life brings my way. Because I wear one or both of these rings every single day, the investment more than pays for itself and I can only imagine how many more years of wear I can get out of them!
EVERYDAY JEWELRY | BRACELETS
Finally – my bracelets. Lately I’ve been wearing one bracelet everyday and not many others. It’s my LAGOS Rope Bracelet. While my fingers may not be small, my wrists are and this piece fits me perfectly. I love wearing it on its own or stacking it with other pieces. Another bracelet I reach for quite a bit is this leather wrap bracelet by Mickey Lynn. It’s got a fun edgy vibe while still being super easy to wear. It also has a smaller profile and adjustable sizing. This bracelet is no longer available, but she has many other great pieces.