What would your jewellery collection tell me about you?
You know, if I snuck into your room and had a little peak for myself? Would the pieces give me an insight into the person behind their owner?
Or would they hold their history a secret?
From a very early age, I was mesmerised by the jewellery owned by my Mum, my Step-Mum and my Nan. Especially my Nan.
Loved nothing more than being shown her trinkets, of which there were many.
To a little girl from country Queensland, the huge cocktail rings and charm-laden bracelet were symbols of the jet-setting life that she and my Pop lived. There was glamour in that there jewellery. Still is.
I also loved her pearls. Mum had a strand too. Mikimoto pearls bought in Japan and given to my Mum on her 21st birthday.
Mum and Nan both wore them on Mum and Dad’s wedding day. I loved the feel of them as a little girl and wore them to both my weddings as a big girl.
They’re mine now. Passed on to me when Mum died.
One day my daughter will wear and own them too. Maybe she’ll wear them at HER wedding. I’d like that. Very much.
My Mum also left me an antique opal ring that she had inherited from her God Mother. I’d never seen it before Mum died but I so wish I knew the story behind it. It’s so delicate yet such a stunning, eye-catching piece.
This sense of passing on your history through jewellery makes me think.
What are the stories I’m telling with the jewellery legacy I’m leaving behind for my daughter, for her to possibly leave behind for hers?
My most treasured pieces have been gifted to me by my husband.
There’s a whole lot of love in each. That’s a good legacy to pass on, isn’t it?
The diamond heart necklace, a wedding gift.
The pearl bracelet, a 40th gift.
The Pandora bracelet, started and filled in my 40th year by friends and family. I laugh at the football charm from my son, the handbag from my daughter and the many heart charms from Mr Styling You. I don’t wear it every day but it’s there every day as I open my top drawer. A memento of that milestone year.
I have a thing for the Scandinavian aesthetic and have watched Pandora grow from its beginnings in Australia with charms to embrace even more ways for jewellery lovers to celebrate milestones and create a jewellery history to pass on to the next generation.
The latest release from PANDORA are birthstone rings – 12 collectable rings that can be worn by themselves or stacked together or with other pieces from PANDORA’s new Floral Nostalgia collection*. Each ring is set in solid sterling silver in a modern boho-style setting.
Now, I always thought that June’s birthstone was pearl and blamed my obsession with pearls on knowledge of this fact.
Turns out that most months have two commonly known birthstones and according to PANDORA, I can claim grey moonstone as well.
I’m quite happy about that. More the merrier, I say.
Which month are you?
- January: garnet
- February: amethyst
- March: aquamarine
- April: rock crystal
- May: chrysoprase
- June: grey moonstone
- July: carnelian
- August: peridot
- September: lapis lazuli
- October: pink opal
- November: citrine
- December: turquoise
PANDORA suggests when looking to stack your rings that you might like to wear the birthstones of your friends and family. I especially like this suggestion as that means I can stack more rings and pretty much have every month covered.
Alternatively, help your friends and family add to their jewellery history story by gifting them a birthstone ring to celebrate a milestone … or just because.
I’m a big fan of “just because” jewellery. That’s the jewellery that holds the best secrets I think. Don’t you?
Styling You and PANDORA has two birthstone rings to giveaway. To enter, leave a comment below, answering this question: What secret would your favourite jewellery piece tell me? The competition opens, July 10, 2012 and closes July 16, 2012 at 5pm. Australian entries only. Entries will be judged on creativity and originality. For full terms and conditions, click here.
*I was gifted a Pandora birthstone and sterling silver floral ring as part of this sponsored post.