Over the last couple of years, I’ve reigned in on the accessories that I wear everyday – I saw a picture of me rocking what looked like every piece of jewellery (fancy and costume) that I owned when I realised how ridiculous I looked a while back and have slowly realised I don’t need to be completely bejewelled to show who I am.
Hello accessories! 🤭
I’m a sentimental old sod, so all of the jewellery that I don on a daily basis has a meaning to me, hence why I don’t ever change it!
I thought it would be fun today to talk about the pieces I wear everyday, where they came from and why I wear them (in case you wondered why it hasn’t really changed since I started this blog!) so without further ado, here we go!
I’ve got three holes in my right ear and two in my left (this genius decided it would be a great idea at seventeen-years-old to pierce the third hole on her own at home … with an earring, since then the left side healed up, but I managed to wiggle one in the right side). In my first hole I’ve got a pair of sterling silver hoops that my Dad and Step-Mum Fran got me for Christmas last year – I’m a hoop girl at heart and love them dearly, so I’ve obviously had them stuck in there since Christmas. In the second hole I’ve got a pair of white gold twisted hoops that Aaron bought me for our eighth anniversary (sentimental as always) – I remember sharing a picture on Facebook and my best friend Maisie getting excited before realising it wasn’t the right kind of ring 😉In the third hole (right side only) I’ve got a simple sterling silver stud – I wanted to glitz up my ears a bit more so invested in a simple pack from ASOS. There’s no actual sentimentality to these as I just liked them!
These two have been hanging around my neck for yeeears! The oldest of the two is the sterling silver chunkier one with little love hearts on the chain. Aaron bought this for our first anniversary (coming up for ten years ago in June!) and I’ve worn it pretty much every day ever since! He actually thought it was a bracelet when he bought it so was surprised when I opened it and saw it was a necklace lol – oh young clueless boys ay?! The next necklace is a classic Tiffany pendant that I got for my eighteenth birthday from my Mum and Grandma. Mum had jetted across the pond for my birthday and spent a day in Selfridge’s with my Grandma and I remember getting SO excited seeing the Selfridge’s bags! I ended up replacing the chain of the original from a longer one I had from a cute little locket my Grandma and Grandad had bought me for my sixteenth birthday – so extra sentimental points for this one!
I obviously couldn’t give my engagement ring a miss when writing this post and love how it’s so different to a standard single diamond as it’s a little cluster of them! It’s a 14 carat white gold band with a carat’s worth of diamonds (or almost I think!) clustered together to give this beautiful effect. It has GOT to be my favourite of all as it was so unexpected, so beautiful, sentimental and Aaron’s proposal was perfectly him. None of the slushy shit from the movies (although we were in the most beautiful villa I’ve ever seen in my life), a beautiful view, in a beautiful country. Aaron dropped to one knee while I was perusing the selection of Thai dishes on offer and said “Right, let’s get this over with then – Gaby will you marry me?!” Blunt and to the point, I couldn’t have asked for a better way for Aaron to propose. I had this re-sized when we got home as it was a tiny bit tight and found out I had a half ring size (god damn you sausage fingers!) – but we went to a local independent jeweller who did it on the same day, we popped out for lunch with my Dad and Fran, came back and it was perfect!
I’ve had these two rings off for a few weeks as I started to get a random rash underneath them – but have worn them both on my right hand middle finger since we got engaged (I used to wear one on each middle finger before then) – the flower pendant ring from Thomas Sabo was a replacement for an old Pandora ring I lost in some mud baths when we went to Turkey a few years back and is a firm favourite of mine.
The diamonte (okay its cubic zirconia – but I couldn’t give a flying fuck) twisted band is from Pandora and was again gifted from Aaron as a promise ring (not in the traditional sense – that boat’s well and truly sailed, sorry if that’s TMI 😉 but it was more of a promise we’ll get married one day) for our anniversary a few years back.
And finally we come onto the bracelets – to be honest I haven’t worn these much since I got hepatitis E last year (long story – check out my entire post on it here if you’re interested) and had to take them off to stop them irritating my skin where I’d been scratching so much, but they’ve got a lot of sentimental value to me (because again, Aaron bought them for me).
First up is my classic Pandora bracelet – Aaron bought me this for Christmas when I was sixteen and I was over the moon with it (back before it was quite mainstream and still unusual), Christmas and birthday presents were sorted for a few years after and each charm has been gifted by a close friend or family member over the years. I don’t think I’ll wear it anymore because it’s lost its originality – but I’ll definitely treasure it forever!
The final item I’m showing you today is a sterling silver wave effect bracelet that Aaron bought me for my birthday (possibly 19th?!) one year – it’s so simple, yet so pretty and I’m glad I started to write this post as it reminded me I needed to put it back on again!
So there you have it – a long old post about the sentimentality behind each piece of jewellery I wear on a daily basis (the only time it ever comes off is when we’re going through airport security, but these days I don’t even need to take it off then!)
It’s for these many reasons that I don’t like to change it up with costume jewellery which I know won’t stay in fashion for too long- these are timeless, just like the sentiments behind them.