Friday, March 3, 2017

Minimalist Jewelry Collection

Although I've posted about my small wardrobe a number of times, I've only mentioned the jewelry aspect of that in passing.  I've never had a big collection of pieces because I don't enjoy wearing jewelry that much - I'll mess with necklaces all day, bracelets get in the way when I type, even the nicest earrings turn my sensitive ears red after awhile.  Once I came to terms with all of these things, I downsized quite a bit.  I actually did post a photo a few years back of when I was hanging what I thought was a minimal jewelry collection at the time on a cork board.  That really was after I had done my initial round of decluttering!  To see that now is definitely a striking difference to what I currently have and use.

I can certainly appreciate when other people use a colorful necklace to pull an outfit together, but it simply isn't me.  I prefer my jewelry to be in neutral metals so I don't need to think about matching, and I generally just don't do those big statement pieces.  Plus, wearing the same favorite ring and necklace everyday eliminates a ton of decision fatigue for me first thing in morning.  Here's what's in my minimalist collection nowadays, that I actually wear regularly.

Tiffany's heart ring.  I'm always wearing this.  John got it for me many Christmases ago and it's the only thing I wear every single day.

Heart necklace.  I'm not sure where John got this, it was a birthday gift when we first started dating.  The colored stones are my birthstone, which is like a Hawkeye golden yellow that I love.  I wear this almost every day.

Loft silver and pearl necklace.  This is a recent-ish addition, I believe I just got it in the early fall of last year.  For daily wear it would bug me too much but when I use it to dress up an outfit, I don't fuss with it all day because it's very lightweight.  It's minimal enough to not draw too much attention and still match everything in my closet.

Loft ribbon gold and pink necklace.  Pretty much same description as the silver and pearl necklace.

Loft link necklace.  A birthday gift from my mom many, many years ago.  This is pretty much a fancy occasion only necklace because it's damn heavy.  But it looks really pretty on me and pairs well with dresses I tend to wear for weddings, holiday parties, and such, so I keep it for those times.

Tiffany's charm bracelet.  I wear this so very rarely because bracelets just bug me.  My parents bought it for me for law school graduation, along with the 2010 charm (graduation year, naturally) and the S charm.  The heart and the dog are from John over the years.

Tiffany's bow earrings.  I have a love hate relationship with earrings.  Even when they're high end like these, I have to wash them in alcohol and be super careful when putting them in my ears, or my ears will be bright red for hours.  I love they way they look (these were a Christmas gift from John) and wish I could wear them more but the heat that I can feel on my earlobes if I'm not careful is too much to bear.  Hence the love hate.  And why I always wear my hair down - you can't see if I'm wearing earrings anyway.  These are always the ones I reach for if I'm feeling like I can suck it up and wear some.

Loft gold hoop earrings.  I just love the look of gold hoops but I hardly ever wear them.

For storage, I hang the necklaces and bracelet on a hook in my closet.  For the ring and earrings, I put them in a little jewelry dish that lives on the dresser inside the same closet.  Super easy set up!

And that is everything.  I find that it suits all of my needs and it's very easy to store and keep track of.  Although I don't wear the earrings much, I do find that I wear my necklaces much more often now that I have less pieces to choose from.  Same as with my wardrobe - the less options I have, the easier it is for me to choose and feel happy with my decision.

What's your collection like?  Bigger or smaller than mine?

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