I don't know where I am with jewellery at the moment. I'm kind of in no man's land with what I like, and so I'm going out completely unadorned, not having the right piece to add to some place on my body, depending what the outfit dictates (I'm not one to pile it on). Looking at the contents of my accessories drawer, I can see what I'm not into right now - unfortunately that is just about everything in there! Like the rest of our wardrobe, our jewellery, costume or otherwise, reflects our style tastes from a specific time, and when that time has passed we either opt to revisit it or leave it behind for good in its velvet-lined home.
How we adorn ourselves can say more about us than anything else we wear - I met a young blogger last week who wore a headband of pink pom-poms! She's making a statement with that piece and using it to stand apart from every other person on the street - even in London. My equivalent to her elasticated string of pom-poms is elusive for the time being, that thing that says 'me', and this is why I choose to go without rather than throwing on something for the sake of it. It's funny though, we don't change as people, not at our core, yet how we express ourselves sartorially can vary wildly from year to year, or even season to season. I think that tends to be especially true with fashion followers, we're exposed to so much and so we become somewhat fluid in what we'll adopt as an extension of ourselves. We pull what we identify with most from the trends presented to us, though we tend to see it as us choosing it, rather than it choosing us.
That long intro was to preface why I'm talking about Pamela Love's jewellery today. The native New Yorker's aesthetic is very earthy and spiritual, with influences from alchemy, astronomy, astronomy and botany, some American Southwest and even a bit of architectural elements from her big city home (you can see her inspirations on her Pinterest). I've never worn a 'philosphophy' before, in fact I usually stay away from anything associated with iconongraphy because it sends a bold message (I guess I prefer to use my mouth to send bold messages). But a pentagram cuff? I never thought I'd consider something like that (despite it's scary connotations it was used in ancient times as a Christian symbol for the five senses or the five wounds of Christ), but it does make a cool cage-like design around the forearm - is it ok to wear symbols for what they look like? It's up to you, I think. (Just be aware of its meaning first!) That's the neat thing about accessories; by simply slipping on a fashioned piece of metal you can step out of yourself and try on an alternate persona for a day and see how it feels. There's no commitment to it. However, you do want to choose pieces that are well made, so a little investment is worth considering. And these days there's no excuse to not support sustainable craft and local production. All of the gemstones and semiprecious stones used in Pamela Love's designs are ethically sourced and almost all metal is recycled. Her entire jewelry-making process, from design to sampling to full-scale production, is completed domestically with the majority of it done in-house at the Pamela Love studio in Manhattan. I love it when good people are behind a brand, it makes wearing them that much nicer. These are the keepers.