Momma Told Me: Wear the jewelry; not the other way around.
When I was just a little girl I'd parade around in Momma's heels, with an old purse strewn across my shoulder, stuffed animal peeking out, and pretend to 'paint' my face with various stain-able candies. My complexion, and my mother, are both glad that I quickly grew out of that phase. And, while I ultimately developed into more of a tomboy than not, my younger years were marked by the compulsion to accessorize. As a pre-teen I can still recall the first time I discovered a Claire's in the local mall. I was so enamored by the sheer variety of styles, and the impressive display of jewelry from floor to ceiling, it ultimately became my first full time job in high school. This was followed by a brief period where I wanted to piece everything I could pinch (ironically I spent most of my shifts piercing ears, but was too young to pierce my own without parental consent). Because my parents were still wrapping up a nasty divorce I got away with the addition of several holes, thanks to Momma's desire to displease my father. I recall wondering if there was any limit to this self expression, already with near 10 holes in my ears alone; was there a point where Momma would say no?
While Momma maintains that her parental judgement was not clouded by spite, there was a very real turning point to this obsession. Then a teenager, looking to go pierce my navel (it was the 90's, don't judge), I had Momma's permission with one anecdote. Before driving to the parlor Momma took me aside and remarked, "Just make sure that you are wearing the jewelry." At first this seemed like a silly statement, of course I was going to be wearing the jewelry, that's the entire reason I was going to get this done, right? But what Momma had meant was that, permanent or not, we should never dress ourselves in distractions, but expressions. What we choose to wear in clothing and accessory should not be swayed by the latest trends and magazines, but what truly moves us and sheds light onto who we are. It's with this in mind that has molded much of my fashion sense (or lack there of), and jewelry buys today. I accessorize minimally, often putting on a piece of jewelry as a true statement piece to tie an outfit together, or celebrate an event or mood. I never wear jewelry 'just because'. And for that reason I am very selective about that which I acquire. Sure buying beautiful things for the sake of beauty is fine and all, but isn't it even better when those things ignite a spark?
Taryn Reed Handcrafted Jewelry has done just that for me. It's my humble opinion that the majority of her pieces are fairly unoffensive (mainstream), but it's the showstoppers that I fall for. The pieces in her collection that are a little asymmetric, or a little quirky, but especially organic. It's the presence of risk, few budding designers chance to take; mixing mediums and playing with textures, creating movement. The raw materials featured in pieces such as her Turquoise Howlite Leather Wrap Bracelet not only bring a primal element the wearer can experience, but the slight taste of natural imperfection, only found with Earth discovered materials. Believe it or not, these handcrafted accessories range broadly in price, from $40-$400, putting the choice in the buyers hands. The more elaborate the piece, or rarer the materials, the higher the price tag; though my favorite current piece is hardly a bank breaker.
Taryn sent me a Sliced Geode on Leather Wrap Bracelet for photography and feature here on Momma Told Me. The piece arrived nestled in padding, inside a ready to gift black jewelry box. This is where neither the website's, or my, photography do this piece justice. It simply shimmers like something I would expect an ancient Egyptian goddess to have worn. The multi-layers of genuine leather are accented with gold plated beads, generous enough to be worn as a necklace if desired. The golden chain link clasps are bold and weighted, and the natural slice of Geode, dipped in a 24kt Gold border, is at once mesmerizing and raw. A few of my friends, whom I initially showed the piece to, questioned the seeming imbalance of the large (2.5" Geode) that would be dangling from my wrist. I have to say, the piece is exceptionally weighted, and the Geode naturally falls against the flat of my wrist, or to the side in movement. I just love this design; the white clouds of this semi-translucent stone, and lightly rough inner edges have a raw beauty that is well complimented on the sharp black leather with Gold accents. This bracelet certainly gets worn, not the other way around, as I feel empowered and sexy when it's on my wrist.
I know not every budget can afford a diamond ring for Valentine's, and not every woman is a 'ring' sort of gal. If you prefer jewelry that is eye catching and natural, be sure to casually leave Taryn's collection up on your other half's browser. Yes, the average man might be a little overwhelmed picking out such a bold piece of jewelry; so be sure to flag your favorites! For example, I rarely wear rings (I'm a bracelet kind of gal), but right now I'm crushing on Taryn Reed's Titanium Druzy and Sterling Silver Wrap Ring. Whether you're shopping for yourself, or dropping hints, Taryn Reed would like to extend a special discount to my readers for 25% off any purchase of $50 or more, now through 2/28/2013, with code MOMMA12. You won't beat that deal, so head on over and see why this jewelry get's worn, and not the other way around!
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