What does your jewelry say about you?

September 16, 2010, 14:12 pm  Posted by Lark

My friends expose a piece of their personalities around their neck and in the middle are a couple of my favorite jewelry pieces.

Jewelry, like actions, can speak louder than words. And I think that’s why some pieces become staples to women and men’s wardrobes. I think it’s fun to discover the meaning of why people chose to adorn themselves the way they do- so of course I start with my friends and myself.

My friend Lauren, on the left, is wearing a bold, large, bright and colorful necklace by a local female artist she admires. Funny how that says so much about what she finds important and what kind of energy she exudes from the inside to the outside. On the right, another friend wears a completely different style that can also tell me some things. A more industrial piece with earthy tones and a found object hanging simply from the chain tells me she prefers urban aesthetics and finds meaning in objects others might overlook. And a couple of pieces of my own, in the middle, shows 2 different sides of me: the top shows my love for feminine elegance (I got from my mom’s side) while the bottom shows I also have a fun, colorful side that appreciates strong women and also elements of pop culture.

So what does your jewelry say about you?

After doing some research, I came up with a fun list of what symbols and some jewelry elements might mean for you (feel free to add your own!):

Hoop earrings and circle necklaces: The open circle insinuates that you are open to new things since a circle itself is open by its very design (maybe a flirty personality?). As with large hoop earrings, sporting a circle necklace lets others know that you have an eye on current fashion trends and can appreciate attention to detail.

Pearls: Conveys a message of elegance and style. Like the jewelry that you wear, you are letting others know that you believe in honoring the classics.

Bling: A bold, shiny piece says that you are a bold person who doesn’t lack in confidence. If you have a strong will and are not afraid to be noticed, a knuckle-to-knuckle design or a ring with a lot of sparkle would be an awesome choice for you.

Vintage pieces: Shows your feminine side; and you may also tend to be sentimental- maybe the piece was your grandmother’s?

Fabric jewelry: You’re probably funky and modern- a person who also appreciate handmade crafts. One of my favorite books, Leather Jewelry, (authored by my friend and co-worker Nathalie Mornu!) shows how to make some cool, funky pieces.

To flatter your shape: Large bracelet or a group of smaller ones will draw attention to your wrist, while a necklace will draw attention to your face. A layered look in necklaces (multi-strand or several necklaces worn together) may help to disguise imperfections as the eye is drawn toward your jewelry and not your figure flaws.

What are your favorite jewelry pieces? Why? What do your choices say about you?

Comment! I’d love to hear about different personal styles!


16 Responses

    Sarah says:

    I’m stuck wearing a Medic-Alert bracelet every day, but aside from that, I pretty much wear the same jewelry day in, day out. It’s all silver and fairly utilitarian. I do it because it. . .matches everything.

    I change it up with earrings and different necklaces sometimes, but basically, I think my jewelry says, “Hey. I’m wearing accessories and I didn’t have to put much thought into it.”

    Paisley Ninja says:

    Personally, I don’t wear much jewelry, but if I did, I’d go for the Mr. T look. 10 pounds of golden confidence.
    I also like the found-items stuff. Especially the reddish hose clamp the girl on the right is sporting. Maybe throw a few different size clamps on there. They could really come in handy if your car starts squirting coolant all over I-26.

    Csfolks says:

    As usual, I don’t fit any category. I like art jewelry. My favorite is Phillipa Roberts.

    Catherine says:

    Lately, I’ve been wearing little charm necklaces – - they have a nice feminine feel, but they show that my life is very hands on and they are practical.

    I also LOVE big earrings – - hoops, woven thread, etc. I wear them when I’m feeling vivacious and flirty. ;)

    Kathy says:

    My favorite pieces of jewelry to accessorize with are earrings. I love all the variation of colors and textures that I can hang from my earlobes. I also love wearing a watch. Analog only.

    Jeri says:

    Most of my life I was ruled by “no dangling earrings with eyeglasses”. I suspect that was a rule invented by my mom when I was in 4th grade, wore eyeglasses, and wanted to get my ears pierced! I’m over it!! Jeri

    Queenkudzoo says:

    You Are so right. Jewelry expresses a persons individuality more than any other aspect of apparel.

    Kim G. says:

    Staple pieces of jewelry for me include my wedding bands (naturally), a beautiful watch Matt and Madi gave me one Christmas, and my necklace is usually a simple silver box chain with a blue girl pendant, which represents Madi. I do alternate necklaces from time to time and my favorite one to wear is one Madi made for me. I get so many complements on it before people even know she made it for me! It’s got blues, greens, browns all swirled together. :-)
    Interesting post Carol.

    Jocelyn says:

    My jewelry wearing habits have changed over the past 2 years. I had a necklace that my father got me in Egypt, just a small silver eye of Rah on a thin silver chain. I wore it for 10 years, at which point – 2 years ago – I lost it in an airport. I still haven’t found a replacement “permanent” necklace. My current staple piece is a thin silver ring with a small heart cut-out. I think that mostly though, I accessorize via hair-dye. XD

    Lamaner says:

    Hmmm, what does my vast array of jewelry say about me…? I’m colorful, fun, earthy, romantic, flirty, retro, handmade, natural, bright. Love my huge Fossil watch: white plastic with ‘diamonds’ surrounding the face. Love my baubles covered in retro-looking fabric. Bangles, heaps of ‘em. Big wooden dangling hoops for my ears. My great-grandfather’s wedding band on my thumb, engraved with his and great-grandma’s initials. Resin and well-made plastic pieces. Cute Paul Frank watch. Tikis. That’s me in a not-so-tidy nutshell!

    Im not sure what my jewelry tells about me.. im open for opinions. My favorites blue, purple or teal gemstones, with bone beads, crystals, and tiny gold seed beads between every bead, be it crystal, gemstone or the bones. I do like to mix the gold seed beads with silver clasp, but that might be more the more practical side of me. Silver does not bother my skin. I like a mid to almost long length, nothing tight up against my throat, since i was 8yrs old. So.. what does this say about me?? im curious what others have to say also.

    Shana says:

    I love love love jewelry, and then I end up wearing the same pieces all the time — but they go with almost everything! I’m going to have to branch out more, and see if all my jewelry says the same stuff. Very interesting blog — I’d never really given this too much thought!

    I’ve been really drawn to multi-strand chunkier necklaces lately. Often in “antique” finishes. I also wear a lot of long necklaces as I’m busty and do best with deeper v-necks or scoop necks, but I get cold so sometimes I need more coverage and the necklaces give me more length and mimic the effect of deep v-necks without needing to show skin :-)

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    Lady Leather says:

    Hmmm…. Surprisingly, to me esp., I’m in the Bold & Confident category. My commitment ring is Tungsten Carbide (7mm); heavy metal for a small woman. Add to that, a 2ct solitaire & another TC band (smaller width-4mm)) for a guard ring. That’s almost knuckle-to-knuckle, & it seems to fit. My right hand ring is a hematite; appx 1″.

    My favorite pendants are is a chunky silver 1.5″ ankh, and a chunky, also appx 1.5″ labradorite/moonstone combo. Yet I also love black pearls. On dressy occasions, I’ll wear a string of large black pearls that’s nearly short enough to be more of a choker.

    Beyond the “bold/confident” aspect, I’m not sure what it all says…

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