I don't have one of those walls of hooks with piles of sparkly necklaces dangling, or pretty trays with bowls overflowing with baubles and bits in bright colors and stones. I have a little wooden box, that a family member made, with four little drawers and all of my jewels and gems fit nicely inside.
When it comes to jewelry I am extremely picky. I am slowly building a collection.
I buy almost all brass, but like to mix in gold and silver occasionally. I prefer natural stones to faceted precious ones. I am drawn to vintage, and I typically go for simple architectural designs, rather then oversized statement pieces.
BUT, there are always exceptions…
I have the most amazing collection of my grandmothers big/beautiful costume jewelry, and I adore it! I own a string of turquoise rocks that I got on my first trip to San Francisco a decade ago, that I can never part with. Last, but not least, I have this giant strand of resin marbles that have french magazine pieces jumbled inside, and I LOVE THEM!
I got these big beautiful beads on a buying trip ages ago. One million times people have asked about where to get them. Sadly, the company seems to poof, disappeared. I suppose that makes them all the more special!
all images: John Hillin