As a teenager, I always wore jewelry – rings on every finger, different chains and strands of beads, ever changing earrings. It was an extension of who I was. As I got more and more into making things, I started wearing less and less jewelery. Clay, photo chemicals, and constantly washing my dirty hands made me less prone to wear rings. Ironically, it was making jewelry that stopped me wearing them altogether.
After college, I slowly went back to wearing jewelry. I still don’t wear rings that often (except my wedding ring) and I can go days with out wearing anything else.* Now jewelry has become more precious to me. I’m back to jewelry as identity like when I was a teenager, only now my jewelry is made by me. I carefully choose which necklace, bracelet, and/or ring to wear. Sometimes I’ll even change my outfit to better show off a particular piece.
How has your jewelry wearing history evolved? Is there one piece you never take off? Do you change it often to fit your mood?
*I always wear earrings, but they are simple hoops that I never take out.