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[Poll #1047799]

I have realized that I approach jewelry-wearing as "oh, I am a female person working in an office. I should wear one piece of jewelry each day." Most of my jewelry is very simple, so it's not like it clashes with anything, but I do it as a pro forma thing rather than for any other reason. I wouldn't do it at all if my mother hadn't suggested it, and there is hope yet that her influence will fade.

Date: 2007-08-31 12:45 am (UTC)
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I generally don't wear jewelry at all, but when I do it's either a certain piece that struck me in a part. way, or something that is an 'heirloom' (defined loosely as something passed down from someone I care about).

Date: 2007-08-31 01:00 am (UTC)
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I don't have anything heirloom-y, but I can understand/relate to that sort of reasoning. Jewelry that represents something makes more sense to me than jewelry whose purpose is to decorate.

Date: 2007-08-31 12:51 am (UTC)
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Most of my jewelry, like most of the art I display in my home, has some very personal meaning to me - it was from a special place I visited, was made by someone I know, or was handed down to me as an heirloom.

Date: 2007-08-31 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That seems to be a theme of sorts in people's answers here. That makes a bit more sense...I largely try to avoid physical souvenirs for various wacky reasons, so I hadn't thought about jewelry as something with personal meaning (except for wedding/engagement rings and the like.)

Date: 2007-08-31 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's sparkly! I like the shininess. Especially silver. That was part of the reason I was so sad when I had to take my piercings out--there was much less sparkle on my face.

I own some jewelry, but don't really wear it as most of my clothing is not jewelry-appropriate. At this point I would feel bad if someone bought me a very nice piece, as anything worth buying for someone as a gift would probably not work well with t-shirts.

Date: 2007-08-31 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting. I tend to think of piercings (particularly non-earlobe) of the sort where one usually keeps the same jewelry in 24/7 a bit differently than bracelets or necklaces or what-have-you. Also, a barbell or captive-bead ring seems to give off a different vibe than a string of pearls or a cameo pin or something.

Date: 2007-09-02 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're right--but the cameo-pearl necklace whatnot isn't really my thing. When I do like jewelry, it's really simple pieces.

Date: 2007-08-31 01:26 am (UTC)
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The only jewelry I wear is this ring, which is my engagement ring. I dislike jewelry on myself in general, but I love this ring. It's stainless steel and concrete, and has rivets. How much cooler can you get? ;)(And when I can afford it, I enjoy buying jewelry for my SO.)

Date: 2007-08-31 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very cool :)

I hadn't considered engagement rings when I wrote this. I think I'd probably feel different about wearing/owning something that has meaning like that.

Date: 2007-08-31 02:56 am (UTC)
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I don't wear jewelry outside of my wedding and engagement rings.
I used to be an earring person but nursing and earrings don't mesh well for me.

Date: 2007-08-31 03:22 am (UTC)
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I think I could get into wearing an engagement or wedding ring if the circumstances arose - those seem to be about meaning and symbolism more than "decorating oneself."

Date: 2007-08-31 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have pierced ears and a few pairs of earrings and a couple of necklaces, but almost never wear jewelry. I'm just not in the habit, I can't really afford it, and it's accessorizing, which is not my forte. That said, every so often I put on an outfit and think, "This would be perfect with the right necklace."

Date: 2007-08-31 11:16 am (UTC)
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I think my rote attempt to wear a piece of jewelry every day has (perhaps temporarily) spoiled the possibility of an occasional, spontaneous, genuine "This would be perfect with the right necklace."


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