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All that Glitters is not Gold

I know that the intended purpose of “all that glitters is not gold” refers to things aren’t always as they might seem and as long as we’re talking jewelry I really don’t mind. In an earlier post I mentioned that I prefer fashion jewelry to the real thing as a matter of personal preference. Also I’m not quite sure when it happened but I’ve converted from gold to silver jewelry finishes.

Botannical Floral Necklace
Premier Designs Botannical

Last Sunday I promised to show some more of my Premier Designs pieces and today I picked one of my favorite necklaces called Botanical. Botanical is an Antiqued Matte Silver Plated Necklace 16 inches long with a 4 inch extender. The necklace has 5 flowers and 1 leaf, each ranging in size from 1 inch to 2 inches. Two of the flowers and the 1 leaf are sort of an open weave design and all of them are highly tactile, each providing a different feel from the petals on the flowers to the little nubs on the leaf. This is a statement necklace that I earned last year from hosting one of two jewelry shows and while I was initially hesitant in selecting it I can say that it was a very good choice. The reason I was hesitant in buying the Botanical was I thought it’d be too bulky and while it sounds rather big (and I suppose it is) it’s not heavy and it will draw compliments. Also, if what my jewelry consultant said is true, it gives the illusion of making me appear 10 pounds less and I need all the help I can get in this area. This really is an illusion because chunky jewelry draws the eyes of onlookers to your neck/face thereby, in my situation, lessening the attention to problem hip areas.

Shells & Pearl Necklace
Shellicious Necklace & Earrings

My second choice for today is a necklace and earring set that I bought from Park Lane Jewelry. The fish-hook style 2 inch long Shellicious Pierced Earrings and 16.5 inch with 3 inch extender necklace are “inspired by the tropics, this unique necklace is a stunning cascade of faux pearls and genuine seashells anchored to ornate silver filigree beads. The mother-of-pearl finish shimmers and reflects a rainbow of color. A four-strand ivory string cord fastens the necklace to your neckline. A cluster of lustrous pearls and silvery gray and taupe shells fashion Shellicious earrings.” Like the Premier Designs Botanical necklace, the Shellicious necklace and earrings are highly tactile and since the seashells and faux pearls dangle they offer the extra benefit of sound when they move with my body movement. The picture I took of these pieces can’t do justice to how they really look when wearing them.

The jewelry I talked about today I can see myself wearing until I either a) break or lose them or b) the finish wears off the Botanical (which can happen if not properly cared for). As I said from the outset I am not concerned with real silver and knowing this, since fashion jewelry can have the tendency to tarnish over time, I still feel I get my money’s worth from the pieces I’ve bought.

The good news is after checking sites like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue I found that statement necklaces are trending in 2014. From links on Elle I found some nice necklaces at and which incorporate color, so if you tend to prefer neutrals you can easily give your wardrobe an extra boost with a colorful necklace, bracelet and earrings. Add a complimentary handbag and you’re all set.

Remember, be true to yourself!

“Classic, to me, is something that’s timeless, enduring. The things that never go out of style. Polo, the kinds of clothes I design are the kinds of things I believe in, the kinds of things that last forever. I love things that stay.” ~ Ralph Lauren

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