I've been on the lookout for new jewelry because I haven't purchased any in what seems like ages. Part of that is due to the fact that I have been given several items from family and friends in the past few years that I wear all the time (most of them are necklaces or rings). Jewelry someone gives to you doesn't have to be fancy, just the thought behind it can make a piece more special than it would be had you bought it for yourself. Vintage jewelry is always great because it comes with it's own secret history but there also are many newer pieces that I also wouldn't mind getting my paws on.
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Lately, I've been noticing adorable little charm bracelets popping up various places: tv, blogs, photo streams, etc. This might all be a coincidence but the timing was a little odd. The first time they came up was during an episode of MAD MEN a few weeks ago. In the episode the Drapers go to Rome and after the trip Don gives Betty an italian charm for her bracelet to remember her trip by. (I know, I know so I'm behind!)Though in that specific instance, the gift does not go over too well - I think there is something terribly romantic and old fashion about the idea of a charm bracelet.
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Some of them mention that their bracelet was there mothers or grandmothers before them. lovely little heirlooms. Since my own lovely mother isn't much for cutesy jewelry - she's more into modern pieces - Yurman, etc - I thought maybe I'd start my own heirloom? However, all of the new bracelets I had been finding were a bit bulky or too trendy for my tastes (juicy makes some, for instance, that are just not my thing). A few weeks ago, however, I was sent an online catalog from Stephen Einhorn and while rummaging around I noticed that they carried a bunch of charm bracelets of various shapes and styles. I love this sweet little bracelet with the bee charm, I think that is the one I would start of with...
Of course, you can also find a ton of charms and/or bracelets on etsy. For example, despite my love for simpler jewelry, how fun is this one?!
musical notes: the smiths - this charming man (get it? get it?)