To live green means to reduce, reuse and recycle, right? One of the ways that I try to live green is with my jewelry. I made a conscious decision several years ago to stop buying cheap jewelry and to instead dig into my collection of vintage and reclaimed accessories.
I have a nice collection of costume jewelry from my great-grandmother, a special person who we called Nanny. From faux pearls to rhinestones, the pieces are unique and precious to me. Sometimes a piece will be more current than another, so I rotate through them as they are in style. But by keeping good care of the pieces, I'll ensure that they last for many decades to come.
Another source of jewelry is from my travels in my 20's. I had the good fortune to travel extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa and often received jewelry as a gift. The necklace that I'm wearing above was from Tunisia made with pounded silver and painted wooden beads. I treasure this piece because it reminds me of that trip and the people that I met. I'd rather wear this necklace strung with memories than a throw-away piece of fashion junk.
What about you? Do you have pieces of jewelry that hold special associations? Please share!