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What jewelry do you wear everyday?

Aberwacky's picture

An informal poll: I'm curious what jewelry do you wear every day (men and women). Bonus question: do you wear the same pieces every day or do you like to change it up?


Me?


Every day: my wedding ring, earrings, maybe a necklace and a bracelet, maybe a watch.  Before I started making and selling jewelry, it was my wedding ring and a watch.  Oddly enough, I was so NOT a jewelry person.


Bonus Question: I change out earrings, bracelet(s) and necklaces daily--probably because I want to try out the new designs.  I mean road-test them.  Yes, that's it.


Leigh


 


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Canuck's picture

(post #52970, reply #1 of 88)

LOL, I'm you from a few years ago: wedding band and a watch. I used to wear earrings too but just got out of the habit. I guess I should get back into it. Bracelets get in the way of my computer work, so I don't wear them. Don't know why I don't wear necklaces. I'm hopeless.

moxie's picture

(post #52970, reply #84 of 88)

I'm with Biscuit. I wear my wedding rings every day, but I change out earrings and necklaces all the time. I wear mostly solid colors and lots of black, and use colorful jewelry as focal points. I have a lot of pieces, and I sometimes layer them.


Biscuit's picture

(post #52970, reply #2 of 88)

Every day:  wedding ring, engagement ring, silver rings on right hand, watch, 2 sets of earrings.


Almost every day:  add a bracelet and/or necklace.


Change up:  I change my earrings, bracelets and necklace (if wearing) every day, except for my diamond stud earrings which I never take off.


And I prefer fun, everyday jewelry, so I have lots of fun, funky stuff that is easy to wear every day. 


"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #4 of 88)

That's interesting about the type of jewelry you wear. 


I find that people seem to either like the fun/ky stuff or more traditional types. I used to be a strictly traditional girl, but now I like the fun and funky jewelry more, I think.  I wear stuff now I wouldn't have ever even picked up a few years ago!


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
madnoodle's picture

(post #52970, reply #5 of 88)

I wear my wedding ring on my left hand, a silver ring on my right--never take those off, unless I'm kneading dough or digging in the mud or something.  I wear a watch whenever I'm out of the house--I take it off as soon as I get home.  I usually wear a necklace--generally some kind of stone or glass on leather.  Yesterday I wore my baby ring on a gold chain, only because we were discussing baby rings at work and I suddenly remembered I had one.  I wore earrings until my kids were born, then I gave it up, in the interests of paring my morning routine down to the absolute essentials. 

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Canuck's picture

(post #52970, reply #6 of 88)

I stopped wearing earrings when the kids were born because I was afraid of scratching their heads. However, I must have worn them again briefly because I remember the tugging on the drop earrings.

JAlden's picture

(post #52970, reply #3 of 88)

None at all.

I wore my wedding for about the first year but was always taking it off for safety reasons. When using tools or working on something I'd put it in my pocket. Then I just stopped putting it on. My wife doesn't really care, I act married.

Don't need a watch as there are clocks everywhere. I have one somewhere but it probably needs a battery by now.

Carole4's picture

(post #52970, reply #7 of 88)

I was the same way until I took jewelry making classes, wedding ring and earrings. I do it just for fun, not profit...

I have lots of fused(dichroic) glass necklaces and earrings I have purchased from various artists here and wear them a lot. Next class: enameling!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #9 of 88)

I was doing it just for fun (and as a creative release), too, until a store owner saw my jewelry and asked if I'd be interested in having it in her shop.


She really started the ball rolling!


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Carole4's picture

(post #52970, reply #23 of 88)

I'd have to work a lot of hours to make enough to sell! Several of my friends out here are jewelery designers and one teaches a class. I came to appreciate jewelery making in a big way!

I still have trouble with the jewelry saws and broke quite a few...Now, I'm working on my soldering!

As I recall, your jewelery is exquisite.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #29 of 88)

You do live in a wonderful place for handcrafted jewelry!  I'd bet Arizona probably has more jewelry artisans per capita than other states! And, of course Tucson has the largest show in the U.S.


Jewelry saws.  Sigh.  I'm trying not to fight mine.  Good thing the blades are relatively inexpensive.


I need to work on my soldering.  I work mostly in Argentium Sterling Silver, which you can fuse (like fine silver), so I don't have to do too much soldering, but there are times when I really need to solder.  My technique leaves much to be desired.


I'm in awe of the dichrotic glass makers.  Beautiful stuff.  I'd like to try that when the boys get a bit older (using my torch for fusing and soldering is mostly confined to thier nap and bedtimes now).  DH keeps promising me a shop of my own, but for now I work at a desk upstairs for my hot work, and in the car (as a passenger!) and all around the house for other things.  Maybe if my jewelry takes over the house, I'll get my shop, LOL!


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Carole4's picture

(post #52970, reply #34 of 88)

Ah, yes, the Gem and Mineral Show! I go every year and usually with my artist friends. They know all the good vendors!

When I first started the classes, I stocked up on saw blades, copper, silver, etc. I ruined so many nice pieces of silver. Isn't the Argentium silver softer? I have pieces in my tool box left over, plus pieces of copper and brass.

Husband works in stained glass, so I get a lot of his throw away pieces, but have never tried to do fused glass. He has a kiln, but I have never used it. Would love to try some day! The pieces I have I bought from a local artist and they really are beautiful.

You're right about artists here in Tucson. One can't walk down some of the streets without seeing art studios, galleries, etc. We always make it to the Flagstaff Native American shows; in fact there is one Labor Day weekend.

Husband's shop is our garage!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #36 of 88)

Argentium is a little softer, but it gives you more working time before you have to anneal it.  I love that it's tarnish resistant (my favorite feature next to the fusing) and also that I can precipitation harden it in my home oven. It does reach melting point a little cooler than regular sterling, and is more brittle when heated red-hot.  I switched to it shortly after I started working in silver, so it's what I'm used to.  I'm told it's tougher for people that are used to working in standard silver to switch, but since I learned most of my (limited) techniques using Argentium, it's not been hard for me.


You can recycle your silver oopses with one of the large vendors (Rio Grande, for example) and get money back or store credit.  I go for the store credit, LOL.


DH has a fabulous timber-frame shop for his woodshop.  I do have a lovely kitchen, my main "shop," but it would be nice to have a place for my jewelry work.  No garage, or I'd claim that!


 


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Carole4's picture

(post #52970, reply #38 of 88)

Thanks, Leigh. Good suggestions and I will do that.

DH would be so jealous of your husband's wood shop!

Flavourgirl's picture

(post #52970, reply #8 of 88)

Wedding ring, always.

When I leave the house I add engagement ring, sapphire & diamond ring on left hand. On right a thick gold band. Watch and bracelet. Sometimes a necklace and earrings (which I need to do more often).

I'm very attached to all my jewelry because they've all been gifts from my husband or things we've bought while traveling. Every piece has a story. We really like finding originals by local artists, as it makes it even more special.

Now as for cooking with jewelry on, I only leave my wedding band on. What about the rest of you?

I notice on some cooking shows, they wear rings with stones and bracelets and watches that seem to get into the food when they're mixing things with their hands - Lydia Bastianich, Sara Moulton come to mind.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #10 of 88)

For cooking, it depends what I'm making.  I always have my wedding band on, but will take off "poky" rings or rings with intricate settings if I'm mixing dough, etc.  Not for hygenic reasons as much as I don't like digging the dried dough out of the ring when I forget to take it off!


If I'm doing heavy cooking (lots of canning, etc.) the only thing I have on is earrings and my wedding ring.  The rest just feels like it's in the way, whether or not it is.


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Canuck's picture

(post #52970, reply #16 of 88)

I have only a wedding band now but never take it off. Ever. It stayed on through three pregnancies, so it's not moving. My sister once threw out her ring when washing her hands and then wiping up (she eventually found it in the garbage).


My ring is from my mother's wide wedding band. She left it to me and I had it quartered; my sister wears one as her wedding band and has kept one quarter, and DH and I wear one each as our wedding bands. It means a lot to me.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #17 of 88)

What a wonderful story about your wedding band!  something to treasure, for sure.


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Canuck's picture

(post #52970, reply #21 of 88)

Thanks :)


 

RheaS's picture

(post #52970, reply #18 of 88)

Earrings all the time (including to bed). I tend to wear the same pair for weeks at a time then change out only for special occassions or when I spot a pair in my own or my mother's jewelry box that I want to wear more. I wear a watch most days and that's new for this summer. I didn't have a watch for many years. I bought this one while bored and restless during the flight from Paris to Johannesburg.

Flavourgirl's picture

(post #52970, reply #44 of 88)

I also have my grandmother's, mother's and father's wedding bands which someday I will have a jeweler make into two rings, one for each of my girls.

Handing down jewelry does mean a lot. When we were at my father's this summer he brought out my Mom's jewelry and my daughters chose what they liked. It's nice to see my girl's wear Mom's watch, bracelet or necklace. It's another way in which to remember her.

Canuck's picture

(post #52970, reply #45 of 88)

That IS nice.

Lee's picture

(post #52970, reply #50 of 88)

What a nice story.  I had my mother's platinum and diamond eternity band and my DFIL gave me DH's mom's eternity band before we were married.  The two bands are almost identical, so I decided on a plain gold wedding band with a satin finish as my wedding ring and I wear the eternity bands on either side.  DH has given me two other wedding bands, a gold and diamond "cigar" band and another band that's all diamonds, but the original threesome is still my favorite and I wear them most days.  I feel as you do; they mean a lot to me. 


Edited 8/26/2009 4:36 pm ET by lee

Canuck's picture

(post #52970, reply #51 of 88)

That's lovely; and lucky you having two eternity bands. Funny how the oldest/first jewellery often means the most. DH gave me a teeny diamond (we referred to it as "the grain") when we were about 20. It eventually fell out but I plan to have that gold melted with these rings to eventually leave to my daughters.

courgette's picture

(post #52970, reply #81 of 88)

Wow! that must have been a really wide band!


Sweet story.


Mo

courgette's picture

(post #52970, reply #82 of 88)

I wear my wedding band.Havent had it off since Aug 1981 when I stopped working in the caseroom. We had to scrub in on C Sections so no jewelry was allowed. Don't think it would come off these days as its several sizes smaller than anything I would buy now!


My engagement ring and anniversary ring both need repair so have been in the boxfor several years.


When my mother died I inherited a pair of small diamond earrings that I have been wearing ever since. i hadn't worn earrings for about 15 years as the holes in my ears are close to the edge and I didn't want to tear the lobe. (my ear lobes are very small) But htese have no weight and wseem to be fine.


I wear the watch my parents gave me when I graduated university analong with a bracelet Mom gave me several years ago. And since she died I have been wearing a beautiful gold chain of hers that has a knot and tassels made of fine gold. I hardly ever take it off.


Mo

TracyK's picture

(post #52970, reply #11 of 88)

I wear my engagement ring every day (I take it off to shower, wash dishes, mix things with my hands, go hiking, swim, or anything else somewhat strenuous) and will wear my wedding band every day. I also generally wear one of my many necklaces.


Other than that, I'll occasionally put on a bracelet but it's rare... gets in my way when I'm typing!


I have pierced ears but rarely wear earrings... anything with nickel irritates my ears, and you can't see them anyway because of the hair!


Oh, and I always wear my belly button ring. Currently surgical stainless steel with a light green crystal.



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                                                            -- Garrison Keillor

Aberwacky's picture

(post #52970, reply #13 of 88)

I understand you about the hair!  Mine's not as curly as yours is, but when it's down you can't see what earrings I'm wearing.  It tends to annoy me when it's down, though, so I usually end up pulling it back.


(Not to mention when my hair's down, people can't tell when I'm on the phone because it's hidden by the hair!  I can't count the number of times I've been on the phone, someone couldn't tell and started talking to me!)


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Jillsifer's picture

(post #52970, reply #19 of 88)

Watch--every day--feel "naked" without it, and the current watch was a gift from Gillen's trip to Paris. Earrings--almost every day, usually my favorite citrines that Gillen brought me from Vietnam and they go with most of my clothes. I'll often wear a necklace to work. I prefer classic, traditional designs but will break out my "hippie chick" stuff now and then (but never for work). When I was married I wore my engagement and wedding rings every day.


(Gillen's wife will be a very lucky lady. I hope she likes jewelry, because he loves to buy it.)


But speaking of your hair--you have a twin in Huntington Beach, California. I just met her last night at an orientation meeting for the high-school band parents. She's taller and her hair is longer and just a squinch lighter, but other than that, she looks exactly like you. And guess what--she's got that fun, energetic, playful personality too.


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Jean's picture

(post #52970, reply #39 of 88)

Rod's wedding band, my (reset) engagement ring, diamond earrings, gold chain necklace (50th wedding anniversary gift)  and sometimes my "grandmother's" ring. Gave up wearing a watch when I quit my nursing career, and occasionally wear other rings and necklaces. I love to buy jewelry but don't often wear it.  I have lots of nature related pins--bugs butterflies birds and flowers that I rarely wear but love. 


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