Friday, August 1, 2008

little gems


here's a survey of my favorite jewelry from past and present. the pieces i love the most are the ones that have a story to tell: those picked up on my travels, those made by someone i know, those found in unexpected places.

my most sentimental and most often worn piece is the necklace i found for $1 in the junk bin at an antique show; i was fourteen and it was my first real find. i've worn it for years and those who know me are probably really sick of seeing it by now. i don't think it's worth much, but an antiques dealer stopped me once and asked where i got it. she recognized the piece and told me it was from the 1930s; there's a set out there somewhere with a bracelet and earrings to match. i haven't seen them, but that's OK; i don't like to get too matchy-matchy.

do you have a signature piece of jewelry? or one with a really interesting story?

[p.s. i'm having a super sneaky snacky afternoon alternating between snak saks of mini nutter butters and mini oreos. my children are in the other room eating carrots. evil, i know...]

14 comments:

hrsj said...

i love that you're eating nutter butters [yum, btw!] and oreos, feeding the girls carrots! actually that makes you a good mom! :)

hmmm, jewelry, well i have a silver bracelet that my parents gave me for 8th grade graduation that i still wear quite often.

i'll miss you & n. too

e. beck said...

i love nutter butters!

i wear necklaces and charms and pendants ..... and sometimes i can't decide so i pile a bunch on ....

and i wear huge fake rings .... like the kind you get at the dentist ..... not always, just when i'm dressing up .....

Krissy said...

haha! Your snacks have me cracking up!!

stephanie levy said...

Hi Aimee,
I love your jewelry drawing - I am a big fan of "junk" jewelry myself :) And oh yes, we are becoming experts at hiding the chocolate from the children too....

♥ Tiny Red said...

whoa!!! oreos and pink milk totally rule my world!
i keep a pack in my pens drawer here and one at work for the self rewarding moments. best of evils! :D

aimee said...

so... my 5 year old got the mini oreo snackies last night before bed and wasn't too happy when she found there were only 3 left in the bag. my thought was, i left 3 in the bag? how odd; i must have gotten distracted at the end of my binge.

a super sneaky snacky friday to you all...

aimee said...

hrsj have a great trip; eeeee i would love to see those fake rings; krissy i'll be sure to tell more snacky stories; stephanie if i had those delish german chocos and desserts i would hide them all too; tr i would love to know how often you have to replenish those oreos.

please sir said...

Oh they look lovely! I smiled when I read your favorite was a antique dollar purchase - aren't those always the best?

daisy janie said...

Nutter butters vs. carrots. Lucky they don't smell your sneaky snack and call you out on it!

I'm the same with jewelry!! In fact, you just hit on some inspiration I'm using for another collection of fabric designs!! Yum.

design for mankind. said...

Ha, I second Heather's comments and now have a raging craving for Oreos! :)

Hmm. I don't have any significant pieces of jewelry, but an ex-boss of mine did give me a 1920 Victorian necklace that is just GORGEOUS.

see you there! said...

I wear a jade bangle that NEVER comes off (it's a tradition) and a jade and gold ring. Then I pile on whateve the mood of the day wants.

Darla

Esti said...

I like rings a lot. Scarcely you'll find me wearing neclaces or bracelets. I like them on other people though. :)

Thanks so much for the comment on my book. You are sweet!
:)

steve said...

Love it! I should suggest this to my girlfriend who loves to make jewelry-she's been having trouble getting ideas for drawing lately. In the meantime, nutter butters and oreos--now you're talking!

Christy said...

My sister-in-law made me a charm bracelet when E was just a few months old that had a tiny silver bassinet on it. The top of the bassinet lifted up to reveal a little silver baby inside. Shortly after she gave it to me, E and I flew to Denver and somehow, it fell off on the plane, and I didn't notice until we had left the airport. I was so sad. About 4 years later, I happened to find the same charm on eBay. Now, it's E's favorite bracelet for me to wear. She loves to open the bassinet and look at the baby. So sweet.