I’ve mentioned my grandmother’s collection of costume jewelry a few times (definitely in this post, and in several guest posts too), and no matter how many times I look through her boxes and drawers filled with pretty baubles, I never get sick of it. On this last trip to her house, we sorted through the collection again with a very specific mission: finding potential pieces for me to wear when I get married in a couple months. So much of my everyday jewelry pieces are heirloom items she’s given to me over the years — why wouldn’t I do the same thing on my wedding day? We dove into the jewelry and came away with some wedding contenders for sure, but also, several ridiculously amazing pieces that I’ll be wearing whenever I can, nuptials or not. You can see them all after the jump, but…
One interesting thing about my grandmother and I — neither of us have pierced ears. Which works out in my favor, because she has tons and tons of clip on earrings. I’m undecided whether I’ll wear earrings on the Big Day, but in the two pairs she gave me, I have two very strong contenders.
She and I were definitely leaning towards these dangly rhinestone tassel earrings (I can’t even believe all those fabulous elements are in one piece of jewelry). These are so sparkly and fun! With all of these items, we decided I’d take everything to my first fitting in a couple weeks and try things on with the dress to see what goes best. I am PRAYING that this bib necklace looks good. Talk about a special piece — you guys, this gold and glass bead bib necklace belonged to my grandmother’s great grandmother, and dates from the late 19th century. BANANAS. Talk about heirloom!
My grandmother has a huge collection of pins and brooches, and I was hunting for one that could potentially work in my wedding day hair. I love both of these — the delicate leaf, with its seed pearls and tiny crystals, as well as this vintage Miriam Haskell pin, with yellow rhinestones and flowers that look like they’re blowing in the wind. So so pretty.
Virtually all of my necklaces are long, with most of them made from chain or beads. So I couldn’t resist packing these two beauties away in my suitcase. The top one has little gold and jade beads; the second is a simple gold chain that has crystal beads every few inches. So perfect for everyday!
But these are probably my fave pieces that I took home for everyday. A chain link tassel bracelet (it’s really true — everything that’s old is new again, don’t you think?), and this chain tassel necklace. I love wearing this necklace. When you walk the tassels bounce around just enough and it livens up whatever you’re wearing. When I flew home, I wore it with a simple navy tee, and still felt put together. Obsessed.
You can say it. You hate me for having such a ridiculously cool grandmother who has a collection like this (and this is the tip of the iceberg). I hate myself for it. But with a little jewelry therapy (read: wearing all of these as much as possible), I’m pretty sure I’ll get over it.