Why I collect jewelry

Why I collect jewelry
It is my opinion that jewelry is so much more than mere trinkets we choose to wear. Jewelry is a unique and individual statement. To me, it is a fascinating part of fashion- the finishing touch that holds an equal importance to the garment. Each of us has a myriad of choices to express ourselves with texture, color and glitz if we so choose.

Beyond fashion I am intrigued by the history and science. Yes, I did say history and science. Many of the pieces I choose to collect are not from this epoch. I love to read and learn about history through the jewelry that was popular during that point in time. From Georgian to Edwardian, Art Deco to Art Nouveau- each has unique characteristics. What were the people of the time wearing, doing and thinking? It is a remarkable connection to the past eras. As for the science, I am increasing my knowledge about gemology- (ex: where do these lovely gems come from, what are they made from, how are they cut?), archeology-(ex: Greek & Roman digs that produce jewelry specimen), metallurgy (ex: metals used for jewelry from palladium to pot metal) and color theory just to name a few. Did you know that color is a perception? Color does not really exist but it is perceived by the rods and cones in our eyes that transmit information to our brain based on how light waves are either absorbed or reflected! It is amazing the amount of information connected to this dear hobby of mine.

Then, of course, is the glitz- this is the truly fun part of making or finding just the right piece. The alluring sparkle and shine of crystals and gemstones are among my favorite characteristics. Warm or cool colors depending on the outfit matched with metals of gold, silver or copper are inviting. Striking pieces that make you smile and feel pretty are a wonderful boost to your mood and self-esteem. Each piece has a tale to tell. The thoughts, memories, and feelings that become part of the aura of jewelry items are fascinating. To me, jewelry is so much more than meets the eye~ lovely to look at but locked up inside each piece is a personal story that remains.

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