Gold or Silver?
Costume or High End?
Layering or Just One?
There are so many things to think about when you are choosing your jewellery for the day. If you are like me, you might have one piece that you never take off, or maybe, you change your look every day depending on how you feel or what outfit you are wearing.
I have always loved rummaging through peoples jewellery boxes, it started with looking through my Granny’s jewellery box. I loved feeling all of the different beads, and seeing the glittering brooches in the sunlight. But more than textures and colours, these items told a story – a jewellery collection can be so personal, like a scrapbook for your ears..and neck…and hands… you get what I mean.
My own jewellery collection is a mixture of statement earrings, delicate chains, and chunky rings usually with birthstones in them (my favourite is an amber ring that I found at an Antique shop in Lyndhurst). As I have so many varying pieces, I like to keep them in my Stackers jewellery box to keep everything neat and organised, but for the finer pieces I keep them in their original boxes for safety.
If you are a bit of a magpie like me, then you will enjoy studying the image at the top of this blog – although, admittedly this isn’t my whole collection, just the ones that made the cut for the photo!
As I have come to love vintage more and more over the years, I have learnt that jewellery purchasing doesn’t end on the high street in multipacks of earrings from your local fast fashion store. Instead, you can dedicate ages to finding the right pieces, and building up a collection that will not only tell your story, but also many peoples stories before you. I’m talking about places like.
- Car Boot Sales – A haven for wacky necklaces and funky rings, if you can handle getting muddy feet.
- Vintage Emporiums – I know, this seems to be my favourite phrase, but I bet you have some near you. I’m fortunate that in my town we have quite a selection!
- Charity Shops – Again, not for everyone but I love knowing that I am supporting a good cause, grabbing a bargain and supporting sustainability.
- Antique Shops – These can sound really expensive, and sometimes they are… but if you ever find yourself on holiday or away from your hometown then please find the local Antique store. You won’t be disappointed, and it will be a new experience entirely.
- Ebay – Never. Underestimate. Ebay. Everyone is always selling on this platform, you will find some amazing pieces and I can guarantee you will always find what you are looking for.
- Vinted – Similar to Ebay, but not as large a platform – people are always selling their old stuff on the cheap, and you know what they say – One mans trash is another mans treasure.
- Olio – Now this one, may be a bit more unknown to you readers. I challenge you to get to know it because EVERYTHING on this platform is free. People not only give away surplus groceries, but clothes, jewellery, furniture and DVD’S. It’s amazing, and it’s such a great feeling when you can share with your neighbours and give away your unwanted things.
- Flea Markets – It’s like a car boot sale but better, usually targeted for vintage lovers like you and I. Find your local facebook groups and community newsletters and get on the hunt.
All of these options are sustainable (yay) and, like I said will hold stories from people before you – where did this piece originally come from? Who wore it? How did it get here? I’m a daydreamer, this is what I do for fun.
I know, I know. We are in the middle of a pandemic and most of these places to shop are sadly not options right now – but you can still rummage on Ebay until we are allowed to get our muddy shoes back on and trek it to the car boot field, or dust off our tote bags to do a charity shop run.
A girl can dream….
I hope this has inspired you, and I would love to know where/ how you acquired your jewellery collection. Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
A Decadent Pea.
P.S My blog is one week old today, yay for A Decadent Pea!