Jewelry Misses That You Won’t Miss 

Jewelry MissesNow and then we get drawn in by what the press or marketing campaigns tout as the next hot trend or wardrobe staple. Many of these are fashion faux pas. Remember jodhpurs? Let’s all agree now that they should only be worn as costumes for horseback riding, say in Downton Abbey’s final episode. And let’s also stipulate that swashbucklers should only wear multi-tiered ruffled white shirts with swords in period films. Clik here jewelry

In jewelry too, some “must-haves” quickly become musty. You may have a few of these regrets residing somewhere in the dark recesses of your jewelry box. So, it’s time to take stock of what you never wear. 

Don’t just ignore those “what was I thinking” pieces (and, worse yet, the pieces you had to wear because they were gifts from your ex-husband or ex-mother-in-law and you were required to wear them on special occasions.) Get over it—you are not alone. Now you can do something about it! 

You can take these pieces and sell them or trade them for something that is more you. You’ll quickly forget the earrings that were so heavy when you wore them you felt your lobes hang down to the sides of your chin. Okay, okay, I exaggerate, but sometimes you need to divorce the jewelry pieces that you love but are no longer in love with. It’s not you. It’s them! Here are six pieces I have chosen for the “get rid of immediately” pile. 

Jewelry – Close-Call Clip Ons

Ever wonder why you bought those bold yellow gold earrings in that sculptural, geometric, or naturalistic style? You know, the ones that you were supposed to wear to accessorize a shoulder-padded business suit, a la “Working Girl”? We wore them as we climbed up the corporate ladder, and our lobes drooped lower and lower. If you were in as much agony as I was, you took them off every time you answered the phone, finished a meeting, or when the clock struck 5 PM. I give credit to any woman who actually kept them on her ears more than on her desk. Whoever decided that these were the right accessory for a career woman, was, well, probably a male jewelry designer who didn’t have to experience the pinching pain that would take place about 15 minutes after you left the house. Sell them! Find a pair of nice gemstone or double diamond drops or lighter weight pendant earrings instead. You’ll love them forever: they have been on trend and a wardrobe staple since the Georgian era. 

Jewelry – Solid Gold 

Jewelry MissesUnless you are planning to bring back the 1980s, revisit your Studio 54 days, or channel either Wonder Woman or Cleopatra (and not in a good way). The Omega necklaces and slinky wide snake chokers need to be exorcised from your jewelry wardrobe. For those of you who chose thinner styles to accent your lamé wrap dresses for evening and thought you were so clever. Because you also wore them for day with your deep V matte jersey jumpsuits over a white shirt, these have been banned from all necks for the next millennium and beyond. The fact that they are still layered in windows on 47th street where guys are handing fliers outside and shouting “We buy gold. You selling?” is a good indication that, yes, you should sell and sell quickly. For a petite woman the larger ones always seemed like breastplates and for the taller, statuesque women they always seemed like they needed a graduated layer to look like anything more than a blip on the jewelry radar. 

Jewelry – Bad Boy Bling 

Ever since the HBO series Sex and The City first appeared on our TV screens in 1998, women everywhere wanted to imitate Sara Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw style created by costume designer Patricia Field. However, what they were recreating was Field’s homage to rap and hip-hop stars that liked their jewelry big, bold, gold, and bling-y. Let’s face it: the real inspiration for these looks was Mr. T on The A-Team. He had the layered styling down before Carrie wore a gold nameplate necklace while falling for Mr. Big. Now that we aspire to Old Hollywood glamor, let’s give Mr. T a rest. While some guys—say, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling—can clasp their pinky-ringed hands to mine anytime, you should trade in the oversized statement bling for some screen siren style icy rocks. 

Jewelry – So Long, Marquise 

A diamond may be forever but, let’s face it. Not every shape of a diamond is. Like shoes, clothing, and hairstyles, diamond shapes go in and out of style. If you don’t believe me, check out the bling on your 70-something-year-old mother’s finger, who may be flashing of all things a marquise diamond, which her granddaughter, your daughter, wouldn’t be caught wearing. That is if she even knows what a marquise diamond is, right along with flip phones and VCRs. The same goes for those pear-cut diamonds, too. So what does that mean for you? It’s Economics 101, ladies. If demand drops, so will the price. But not entirely. That out of date diamond still holds value, and a dollar today is more valuable than a dollar tomorrow because of what you can do with the money now. Who knows? You may even get lucky and your diamond will get cast as a prop in a 70s retro flick. 

Now doesn’t that feel better? Let it all go and go shopping! 

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