Allow me to turn you onto a little something special… draping yourself in Demi-fine jewelry. Your life will become more beautiful (and it’s affordable.)
Thank me later.
In the winter, I wear a lot of heavy metal. Throw me the Margiela horse bits. Drape me in chains. Give me those items that can hold their own in a plethora of turtlenecks, the pieces that don’t snag my sweaters but could still be used as weaponry. They provide weight and look good in boots and bundles. I like to be heard before I am seen, without needing to open my mouth. I rely on my jewelry to do the talking for me and it usually says ‘Leave me alone.’
But now Spring is here, and my jewelry box gets the same rejuvenation my sunroom does. Pines are taken down and so is all the silver and the heavy cuffs. Spring is the time of renewal. Gold is always preferable. It glimmers in the sun. I soften and melt and am okay with being a bit more approachable. I want my jewelry to beckon and beguile.
For women, jewelry is a leading role in the course of our lives. I have always totally delighted in the cheap jewelry found in museum gift shops, and the unique hand-painted wood and metal pieces found at outdoor markets. But I have reached a time in my life where I am beginning to question and research the sourcing of jewels and baubles, how they are made, and why, and where they are coming from. I would like to start collecting my own beauties (I am okay in admitting that the ‘nicer’ pieces of mine have come from past romances with associations I don’t necessarily want complimented.) In the meantime, I want to deck myself out in beauty, and all on my own! One of my favorite purchases has been a Victorian mourning ring I found by happenstance at an estate sale in New York (after having a number of eBay alerts set up for the exact kind of ring). It was an unexpected mini splurge, which I have never once regretted, and I am proud to wear it. My talisman of independence.
Vintage sourcing aside, I have noticed a recent uptick in the market ‘Demi-fine’ which is perfect for those of us looking to level up our necks and chests and perhaps spend a little bit more, without sacrificing too much (and still being on time with the rent). Demi-fine typically means anything below 400EUR. The pieces are made of gold (below 18k) and silvers (no painted alloys such as steel or copper), and use semi-precious stones (and if you ask me, the term ‘precious’ is relative anyway.) Demi-fine can be just as beautiful as any of the auction pieces I still routinely peruse. They are created in tandem with where they are being ethically-sourced. No faceless artisans. Can you say the same for your Zara initial necklace?
I have compiled a list of my favorite Demi-fine jewelry lines for you to have somewhere to start. These designers have faces and stories. They are not pandering to a luxury market. They are creating beauty for you to revel in, with them. The way jewelry should be.