Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tracing My Jewelry History


Mother's Cool Necklace




When I was young, I wanted jewelry like my mother's.  She was an art teacher and pretty cool.  I always wanted to be grown up like her!  I even wore her white wedge shoes to school in the 6th grade without her knowing.  Yes, our feet were the same size then and, yes, the teacher did call my mother!





When I was in college in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I was first an “everything must match girl” before I moved into the hippie flower child period of bright colors and macramé.

Matched my red suit!


Macrame!  And this was Mom's too!!

 When I married, my husband made our wedding rings from pieces of family gold jewelry and some new.  He finished them the evening before the wedding.  Fortunately for me, his mother and father had taught him the value of good handmade.  The rings are timeless and beautiful. 
When I was working as an interior designer, my jewelry was usually ethnic .Since I lived in the Southwest part of that time, I learned Navajo weaving and was enamored with American Indian silver and turquoise.  My dad and brothers also had mined ‘Mojave Stone’ in the Mojave Desert and local Missouri silversmith’s made one of a kind pieces for him that I claimed!  In fact, when I went back to visit the family, my mother always threatened to go through my suitcase to see what jewelry was leaving her collection!  I always liked what she wore. 
Now that I have retired as an interior designer and am making my own jewelry, I usually wear something I’ve made.  The funny thing is that I often forget to put any jewelry on and have to go back and accessorize.  I like the process of designing and making.  And I understand the value of test driving the pieces by wearing them.  I also like showing them to anyone interested!  Check out my etsy store to see some: www.etsy.com/lindabrittdesign
I'd love to hear how you have changed in your selections of jewelry and why!  Please share.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tracing My Jewelry History


Mother's Cool Necklace




When I was young, I wanted jewelry like my mother's.  She was an art teacher and pretty cool.  I always wanted to be grown up like her!  I even wore her white wedge shoes to school in the 6th grade without her knowing.  Yes, our feet were the same size then and, yes, the teacher did call my mother!





When I was in college in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I was first an “everything must match girl” before I moved into the hippie flower child period of bright colors and macramé.

Matched my red suit!


Macrame!  And this was Mom's too!!

 When I married, my husband made our wedding rings from pieces of family gold jewelry and some new.  He finished them the evening before the wedding.  Fortunately for me, his mother and father had taught him the value of good handmade.  The rings are timeless and beautiful. 
When I was working as an interior designer, my jewelry was usually ethnic .Since I lived in the Southwest part of that time, I learned Navajo weaving and was enamored with American Indian silver and turquoise.  My dad and brothers also had mined ‘Mojave Stone’ in the Mojave Desert and local Missouri silversmith’s made one of a kind pieces for him that I claimed!  In fact, when I went back to visit the family, my mother always threatened to go through my suitcase to see what jewelry was leaving her collection!  I always liked what she wore. 
Now that I have retired as an interior designer and am making my own jewelry, I usually wear something I’ve made.  The funny thing is that I often forget to put any jewelry on and have to go back and accessorize.  I like the process of designing and making.  And I understand the value of test driving the pieces by wearing them.  I also like showing them to anyone interested!  Check out my etsy store to see some: www.etsy.com/lindabrittdesign
I'd love to hear how you have changed in your selections of jewelry and why!  Please share.