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Fashion Looks: Indie Jewelry

Posted by Joy Rothke, Tuesday, May 13, 2008 1:06 AM (Eastern)

I don't like my jewelry to look like everyone else's. I want it to be unique, but not like the kind of stuff I used to call "UNICEF store"--i.e., thick, heavy, graceless, folkloric. I prefer more delicate pieces, but I can be a bit of a klutz, and have been known to snag delicate chains on my collar or drop brittle stones on tile floors. (A beautiful turquoise pendant I received as a birthday present met its end that way.)

Other than liking delicacy, I don't have too many jewelry rules. I mix gold and silver and platinum, precious and semi-precious stones, with abandon. Actually, I don't own any precious stones, unless you count the tiny sapphire on the stem of Baume et Mercier watch I bought about 20 years ago, and haven't worn for at least a decade. (It's one of a number of purchases I've filed under "WTF Was I Thinking?")

Usually, I'm slow to make a purchase. I've been thinking about buying one of Andrea Sher's Superhero necklaces for about five years There's a model named "Joy", but I've always favored the blue and green "Grass & Sky" necklace ($99).

I encountered Esther Winter's three-tier silver disc earrings (CDN $32) on my first visit to the Klondike last year. I admired them in the tiny Dawson City gift shop, but couldn't decide. When I returned five months later for the annual music festival, I snatched them up. They're available in 32 Canadian images, such as a howling wolf (my choice), as well as the Aurora Borealis, buffalo, harvest moon, Inukshuk, loon, and a maple leaf. I don't wear them very often, but when I do, they remind me of the Yukon, my favorite place on earth.

I also love Scotland and all things Celtic, and happened upon this ring ($92.00) from the Orkney Islands via the Stones list (Paleolithic piles, not the Rolling). It comes from Aurora Jewellery, where they handcraft a variety of pieces using traditional Orkney symbols; my ring is from the Ring of Brodgar collection--an Orkney stone circle. It includes a small moonstone, a stone reputed to provide safety to travelers.

I'm really not in the market for anything else--except for, perhaps, a scarab bracelet. I got one in college and worn it for decades, then lost it about six or seven years ago. I'm willing to wait to find just the right one.

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