If you’re a fashion-forward kind of person, then there is one undeniable truth when it comes to assembling the perfect outfit: it’s not complete without jewelry. Without the right finishing touches around your neck, on your fingers, or encircling your wrists, you’re never going to look as ‘done’ as you might otherwise hope.
Jewelry can be expensive and high-end; classic pieces that women wear time and again, sure that their choice will never lose style. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the cheap and cheerful jewelry that is on-trend and of the moment. Most of us have a mixture of both at our disposal.
However, it can look a little… samey, can’t it? There’s only so many stones, so many metals — it can begin to feel like when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. If you want to add something a bit more unique to your collection, then here are three ideas to inspire you.
#1 – Handmade Friendship Bracelets
There is something inherently endearing about friendship bracelets. These bracelets are usually woven together from embroidery thread; there are all sorts of patterns and techniques you can learn to take your bracelets to the next level.
These bracelets originally came to notice with the ‘friendship’ tag an important signifier; they were meant to be gifts from a friend. However, if your friends are ones to make handmade bracelets, then why should you miss out? Try it for yourself, ensuring the recipient — you — is going to be delighted with the colors and braiding technique that you choose.
#2 – Roman Glass
What do you consider to be antique jewelry? Jewelry that’s a couple of decades old, or do you go further back? A century old?
Why not go further back in time in the quest for the most unique jewelry you can find? Roman glass jewelry is pretty much what it sounds like; jewelry that features glass from, quite literally, ancient times. Not only is Roman glass a relative unknown in the jewelry world — so you’re unlikely to clash with anyone — but the piece you have will be truly unique.
#3 – Fabric Over Metal
Wearing metal jewelry can be uncomfortable at times. If you’ve had a long day at work or the weather is scorching hot, the last thing you want is to feel like you’re being weighed down by additional metal.
It’s at this point you might want to consider fabric as jewelry. Okay, so it’s not the ‘conventional’ jewelry that you might be used to and associate as being a definition of what jewelry is, but that doesn’t make it any less legitimate. A scarf tied around your wrist; a long piece of fabric rolled and then wound around your neck — these options are bracelets and necklaces, they just look a little bit different to what you’d normally expect.
Jewelry doesn’t have to be boring and along the lines of what everyone else is wearing — so why not try something unique, to go along with the absolutely unique you?