the art of display {jewellery}…

recently i was very generously gifted some jewellery for my birthday from a dear friend…

i love it & yet i’ll probably never wear it… strange, unappreciative, heartless? no, not at all…

like most ladies i know, i love me some bling {especially when it’s from someone who ‘gets’ my taste}… but, perhaps unlike the average recipient, i sometimes get as much joy from simply displaying my collection as i do wearing it…

this is not a slight on the jewellery itself in any way {indeed, some of my absolute favourite pieces have never actually left the house on my person}

sometimes it’s just a matter of what makes sense: i have an awkward shape & am not beyond admitting when i can’t do a piece justice, so when something looks better in my home than it does on my neck, wrist or finger, that’s where it stays…

& it just so happens that jewellery is one of my all-time favourite decorating devices: for me it’s akin to art…

it doesn’t matter if a piece costs a penny or a pound as the amount of pleasure derived is the same, but what does matter is the form of the piece & the sentiment behind it…

much of my collection i’ve picked up for myself on my travels {as souveniers go, there’s nothing better than a beautiful, lightweight, timeless reminder of your trip}, others pieces have been gifted & some even found discarded or lost on the street…

but regardless of their origin, if & when they’re not in use my baubles & beads invariably end up in the same place: hung from artwork, draped across mirrors & even festooned over a buddha head…

i’ve been known to turn brooches into corsages for my cushions, coil strands of beads in glass apothecary jars &, if i ever got my hands on one of these accoutrements, i’d even frame it…

when it comes to my trinkets i’m not overly precious & neither are they, in a monetary sense… but it goes without saying that even if i did possess pieces worthy of a bank vault i just don’t think i’d have the heart to do it…

afterall, what is the purpose of a glimmering jewel if not to fondly gaze upon it?

images via: french by design, shelternessmy lovely lifeglamarella junk

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4 thoughts on “the art of display {jewellery}…

  1. Sue, I was just today looking at the jewellery I have on display on my dressing table and thinking about how little I wear it. Necklaces look terrible rolling around on my big boobs and, because I’m tall, I often feel like a drag queen when I wear jewellery!! Thank you for this licence to buy it anyway in the name of art and decoration!! x

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