Monday, 22 September 2014
Blingy wrist bling and other sparkly accessories
Hello friends!! I thought I'd do a post on my wristy bling and rings. I've been enjoying our (sporadic) warm weather, which means I get to have bare arms. I like to wear 2-3 bracelets and stacks of rings. To keep things affordable I shop clearance sales and thrift stores.
One of my co-workers remarked that the red and green reminded him of Christmas. I just liked the feeling of stacked bracelets and the shiny gold.
The green bracelet is a choker wound twice around my wrist (Nygard $5). The yellow and red bracelet has a pretty engraved red bead (thrifted $2). The gold charm bracelet was thrifted for a few dollars.
Large ring (American Eagle close-out, $3) and stack of bracelets.
The top and bottom bracelet were part of a 3 piece set - I think I paid $3 for the set. The middle bracelet has aurora borealis crystals and rhinestones. Some people don't like AB crystals as they were manufactured after 1951 - I personally prefer the rainbowy finish over a regular, clear crystal. I bought this for $15 from Salv Army.
The red bracelet was one of my Mother's Day jewelery finds. I love finding this type of vintage jewelery at thrift stores. You have to be careful though. The glue that holds the thermoset pieces gets brittle with age and I've had a few pieces pop out of the settings. The purple ring was a Mother's Day gift from my darling boyfriend. It's a Swaroski ring with a big purple crystal. The ring is a tad large so I used a smaller ring to anchor it.
I love the look of silver and white in the summer. The first bracelet was thrifted a few years ago from Value Village *before* they jacked up their prices (rant about this at the end of the post). I love this bracelet, it has semi-precious stones mounted to silver discs. I think I paid about $4 for this bracelet. The middle charm bracelet was about $2 retail on clearance. The last bracelet is made from stone and silver beads - it was a gift.
The 2 pics above show a pixel ring that I got from Loft (clearance $8). The photos don't really do it justice. I'm wearing a gold bead bracelet in the top photo (Zellers close-out clearance, $4) and the bottom photo has a Nygard bracelet with big faceted glossy black cabs in a bronze setting (Sears clearance $5).
I noticed a disturbing trend of over-priced jewelery at thrift stores. I'm not talking about fine jewelery, I'm talking about costume jewelery that quite often goes on sale for $3-$5 at Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Bianca Nygard, Sears, JC Penny etc. So if you thrift, know your prices and compare at the mall.
Of course I love finding treasures at the thrift stores. I've been fortunate to amass a large collection of thermoset pieces, vintage crystal chokers and fabulous 1950's clip earrings for reasonable prices - it pays to check out the jewelery case.
happy thrifting :)