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National Jewelry Day is a Thing

I don't know whose idea it was to create a day for almost any thing imaginable. Now there is a National Pi Day, National Tapioca Day and National Earmuff Day...who comes up with these?! Yesterday, March 13th, was National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day. More importantly, it was also National Jewelry Day. Wooooo jewelry! Now that is something I can get behind!

Green and blue necklaces, gold earrings: Premier Designs jewelry; Gold watch: Michael Kors; Brass initial bracelet: Alex and Ani; Stone and wire bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties; Crystal beetle earrings: Baublebar; Gold bar initial necklace: Baublebar; Gray leather watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I have always loved jewelry. My mom had a black jewelry box that her dad had brought back for her when he was in Korea for the war. In that shiny box were old pieces of family jewelry. Nothing expensive, nothing fancy but I loved sitting on her bed and trying them all on. An opal ring, an oval onyx ring, a gold charm bracelet with each charm having a significant story for my mom. I think that is where my interest in sparkly things began.

I also have a bit of a love for watches. I have worn a watch since I was in elementary school -- it was a Minnie Mouse watch with a red leather strap. In high school I had a metal Fossil watch. Of course. Fossil watches were kind of the thing. About that time my mom started selling high fashion jewelry though a direct sales company called Premier Designs. Needless to say, with that kind of jewelry connection my inventory has never been lacking.

Obviously one of my favorite sources for jewelry is Premier Designs (www.premierdesigns.com). They stand behind each piece and offer a fantastic guarantee if an item is damaged. They have a huge selection and it's super reasonably priced. I also have quite a few friends that are jewelers so I tend to go to quite a few home parties.

Baublebar is also a favorite of mine (www.baublebar.com). You check out their website and you will see what I mean. Very on-trend and their packaging is really cute. I also discovered Gorjana (www.gorjana.com) about the same time as Baublebar. I was looking for midi rings and other dainty gold pieces. However, Gorjana is a little pricer than the other two I mentioned. Their look is clean and simple which I prefer from time to time.

I was at a local boutique several years ago and found some gorgeous stone and wire bracelets. It was created by a little company called Bourbon and Boweties. The owner is an FSU grad (Go Noles) so that was an added bonus that I was happy to support. Fast forward to today and she now has partnered with Nordstrom and her gorgeous bracelets are now available in select stores.

With the arrival of spring (at least here in Florida), I'm looking ahead to some pieces I'd like to add to my collection -- a wire collar necklace, anything with tassels and cuff bracelets. A girl has to have options!

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