As with most things in life (lipstick, shoes, cheese) I just can't help myself when it comes to pretty, sparkly things. Even as a skint student I still spent many a pound in Accessorize (especially once I discovered their student discount), and now that I work in the jewellery industry my magpie tendencies have developed into a full-blown obsession. I don't even wear my jewellery all the time (how many statement necklaces can a girl wear?) but instead I like to arrange them all and gaze at each piece lovingly. Some are spontaneous splurges, others are pieces I've waited to buy for weeks, and there's one very special piece that I wear all day every day... I've gathered my favourites here to show you and maybe inspire a magpie tendency of your own!
I remember the first time I had my ears pierced, I was eight and it was a week before my first communion - I was so excited yet terrified because of my well-established needle phobia. My mum took me to a little jewellers in the Hempstead Valley shopping centre in Medway and I got a frozen yoghurt with sprinkles afterwards as a reward for not biting the assistant's hand or throwing a full on tantrum (also well established at the time. Ahem). Since then I've worn earrings pretty much all the time and my collection has developed from the teeny gold studs that first adorned my ears. I love these cubic zirconia Fiorelli silver studs as they're a perfect every day option and the hexagonal shape makes them stand out from all the usual round stones available. I also am loving the rose gold statement discs, they're so fun and catch the light really nicely! I also own a few other studs but these are my favourites at the moment.
I'm not a big bracelet person. I love the way they look on other people but they irritate me on my chunky wrists and usually get in the way of typing and other activities, but they're so pretty and I do have a little collection going! The charm bracelet is by Thomas Sabo and I received it for my 20th birthday from my parents; since then my mum has made a point of buying me a new charm for every birthday (yikes, there have been a few!) and Christmas and I love how each charm fits me personally. The key isn't actually a charm, it's a pendant but the chain for it broke and since I've not got round to replacing it I have temporarily transformed it into a charm. My dad bought the watch for me last year; it's by DKNY and I love the mother of pearl face, it's so pretty and shiny! Finally I also have a few brass bangles which I like throwing on to jazz up an outfit, they're really pretty and have a burnished gold effect.
So you may have spotted I have a bit of a thing for necklaces... I just feel undone without a necklace, it's the perfect finishing touch to an outfit before I head out the door. I have so many and I've mentioned them on the blog before, I'm sure, so I won't ramble too much! Here I've collected together a few favourites - the rose gold chunky chain is by H&M, the coral flowers are by Dorothy Perkins, the teeny gold plated moon is a new addition I picked up in the Accessorize sale (I also have the matching earrings, not shown because I was wearing them at the time!), and the rest are all by Fiorelli, collected over the last couple of years! My absolute favourites are the multi-coloured flower necklace and the rose gold chain; so different but I actually find them both really versatile.
Last but not least...
I simply couldn't write a jewellery post without mentioning my all-time favourite ever item - my engagement ring! Aside from the sentimental value it is simply the most stunning thing I own and I couldn't possibly have picked a better ring for myself - Jon really did well! It's quite an unusual shape as well (which means I get to play with custom-made wedding rings, aha) and I've not seen anything like it on the high street. It's 18ct white gold and it's from Swag in Bluewater if I remember rightly - the only one they had in stock at the time was too small for me so it had to be ordered in especially, and poor Jon stressed about it so much as it didn't arrive in time for the proposal! But I think it was definitely worth waiting for and I love it so, so much.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you'd like to see more jewellery-based posts in future as I really enjoy putting them together.
Have a great week!