The Jeweler

January 6, 2018

Giggling madly, you dump the old jewelry box on your bed and immediately start to sort out it's contents. Your favorite consignment store rarely had grab boxes like this. The old oak wasn't covered in anything particularly ornate, but the etched design looked like something out of a fairy tale. When you asked the cashier asked about why no one was interested in it, he shrugged and said something about the heavy perfume that seems to have sunk into the old finery.


You had to force yourself not to roll your eyes. He might've jacked up the price. It was already marked pretty low. The ridiculously detailed design of the finery seemed to intimidate the other shoppers. It made the jewelry look like it would be particularly hard to upkeep, and impossible to fix if it got broken. With simpler necklaces, you could just replace a chain if it got too tangled, and there were so many nooks and crannies on some of these pieces that replacing anything that feel out would be extremely difficult for anyone who did not collect for a living.


It was also what some of your friends might call "grandma jewelry". It wasn't the sort of stuff you'd usually see trending. You drape a necklace over our head that had a rather large pod in the middle instead of a pendant. The thousands of little wires twisting from the chain to form the centerpiece framed a chunk of turquoise instead of letting it hang. Not very modern looking.


But since when did you care about that? You lace your hand with rings and cover your arms with bracelets. When taken in with your breezy clothes, you feel sort of like a fairy. Sliding over to the wall, you turn down the knob on the dimmer and let what little light is left catch on your new find.


Jeweler's Joy is a must style for anyone who loves jewelry. Clothes have steadily become more ornate that clothes in the last few centuries due to a streamlined trend in jewelry and the expanse of the textile industry. Popular jewelry styles aren't as ornate as they used to be. Modern mainstream finery is less decorative because it is more affordable, and details are exchanged for a reduced price tag. This isn't necessarily bad, and you can't blame someone for wanting to spend less on their jewelry than they do on their rent. But when you love jewelry, it can be a little disheartening to find the only things in your price range don't met your tastes.


People who identify with Jeweler's Joy style find their pieces is antique stores, pawn shops and consignment bins. While they may not know as much about what they're going to get as someone who gets their stuff custom made by a jeweler, veterans of the style are happily surprised more often than not. Once they know the best places to get the hook up, they find their collections overflowing with fairytale esque ornamentation, which they further emphasize with their clothing.


Clothes that fall into Jeweler's Joy can be conservative, skimpy, torn, have varying degrees of embellishment or a number of other characteristics, but they are always, always reflective. One of the best parts about jewelry is how is catches attention. Wearing reflective fabrics under jewelry helps showcase the properties of anything that happens to be reflective. Even if your jewelry isn't particularly shiny, wearing reflective clothes can make for a great backdrop, because whatever you wear will be resting against something that continually catches the light. Think show piece agaisnt a golden backdrop.





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