'I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond' -Mae West
I think I must have been a magpie in a past life because I am drawn to sparkle and shine(and I also love black and white). The best thing about jewelry for me is that it doesn't matter if you are having a fat day or not or if you're tan-less it will always look nice. Once upon a time I would have said that saving up for a piece from a jewelers was much more advisable that buying lots of cheap costume jewelry but life is too short and I am terrified of wearing good jewelry anywhere in case I lose it. So once I decided that buying cheap stuff was OK I expanded my jewel collection to epic proportions! I then needed to create something to house my rings so here is my Picasso inspired pottery jewelry holder head.
When I'm on the hunt for something ethnic or vibrant colored I head straight for the George's St Arcade as they have a huge selection of intricate beaded pieces in every colour of the rainbow and they also have very affordable Egyptian style cuffs AND beaded cuffs. Dorothy Perkins always has exceptionally good value on their sale jewelry and a great place to pick up any gold accessories and dainty earrings. I picked up two of my favorite rings including the blue and black wolf head in the pictureabove in Om Diva...they always have something that's a little bit different. H & M provided me with the large gold link chain on my model above as well as many other lightweight statement necklaces. The great thing about jewelry is that you can have it in a drawer for years with no use and then suddenly you find that its that very item that completes a brand new outfit. The silver lining of the cloud that it tidying my room is that I spend at least an hour 'tidying' my jewelry and most of the time feeling rather pleased with myself that I have such an extensive collection. Diamonds(and high-street gems) really ARE a girls' best friend!