I wear the same 4 pieces of jewellery every day. On my left hand its my two little pandora gems, one bought as a present for me, from me last spring and the other is the matching stacking ring bought as a surprise gift from my boyfriend, topped off with a little wrist candy given to me as a gift from my Mum for my 21st. On my right we have a much newer member of the gang, another pandora ring that I bought with a gift voucher I had (wishing this blog post was as sponsored as it’s starting to sound…).
My choice in jewellery every day mostly comes down to the fact that I’m a creature of habit. That and the fact that I get emotionally attached to things very easily and if I broke the habit now and stopped wearing any one of these pieces daily, I would feel like I was missing a limb.
I was explaining to someone the other day about how many times I’ve caught myself being that friend that turns to the cheesy quotes as an answer to all problems. A personal favourite being “What’s meant for you won’t pass you by” – one I repeatedly rely on as I desperately try to figure out the rollercoaster that is your twenties but that’s a story for another day. My point is that that sentimental approach is something that spills into my choice of jewellery.
Admittedly, some of my jewellery is influenced by superstition. Any exam that I’ve ever sat starting from A-Levels, right through to my first year exams at university, I religiously wore my black Pandora charm bracelet to every single one (again, I swear this isn’t sponsored. Apparently I’m just a Pandora addict). While I knew that wearing that bracelet made no difference to my grade, I still wasn’t willing to take the risk and “jinx” my exams. I’d love to say that looking back now, that seems completely ridiculous but I know I would still do the same thing if I had to sit an exam now.
There’s the lucky charms and then there’s the sentimental pieces. These are the ones I wear on those days where I need a little extra push or to feel closer to the person who gave it to me.
One of my most treasured pieces of jewellery is my Grandma’s gorgeous ring. As a child I remember being so fascinated by the way the stone changed colour in the light. Every time we went to visit I used to insist that my Grandma showed me it and let me play with it. The ring was a gift to my Grandma from my Grandad for their anniversary decades ago and much to my complete surprise, when my 18th birthday came around she passed it on to me. It’s one of the most meaningful gifts that I’ve ever received and I know it’s something I’ll hold on to for the rest of my life. As time goes on, the ring holds more and more sentimental value to me especially since my Grandma lives in England and we don’t see her as much as we would like. In the mean time I’ve got her ring and while it may seem silly to some, this ring has got me through some tough days.
Next up is a bangle my Mum brought home for me from a trip. Remember what I was saying about the cheesy sayings? This is one of them. Being 21 and trying to figure this adult stuff out can be pretty overwhelming at times and it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost your way. Some days it feels like everything is falling down around you and prospects of a settled future seems impossible. It’s those days that I throw on this bangle. Everything always works out one way or another and all you need is a gentle reminder that everything will be ok. This bangle is my gentle reminder.
Photos by Lucy
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