Suitable Alternatives

Remember when I said that my wedding ring was recently on the losing end of a battle with the garbage disposal? 

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Yeah, that was a bummer. An uninsured bummer.

So, while I currently remain ringless, I am dreaming about some suitable alternatives.

First up, this stacked David Yurman ring. It’s one piece but creates the illusion of multiples.

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I also like the idea of having these three delicate rings, each in a different metal (gold, platinum, rose gold), that could be worn separately or together. I think I like this better than the stacked ring above because of the styling versatility.

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A slightly different version of the above, but with a more random placement of the diamonds. This Elsa Peretti Etoile band has been available for at least 15 years but I still think it looks modern and fun:

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My friend P. has an anniversary band like the one below and I love the way it looks. Pro tip from her: make sure the diamonds circle the whole ring so that you can see it sparkle if she’s waving to you, princess-style.

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A substantial gold and diamond number:

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This is more of a cocktail ring, but I still love it, especially in rose gold:

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And finally, this Roberto Coin panda ring is a big no but it made me laugh:

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It’s $18,500 (!!!)

 

 

 

 

Turn of Fortune

I got an email last week from David Yurman announcing a new line of 5 mm stacking bracelets.

Here they are:

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The rose and yellow gold ones are pretty spendy, but the silver ones (I like the tarnished one) are well-priced.

I’m really not in the market at all for another stacking bracelet, and I was a bit soured on David Yurman after two events last year.

Event #1: A bracelet that I’d had less than a year went AWOL. After ripping the house apart, interrogating the children, wondering if someone stole it out of my locker at work, searching high and low in my office, and inquiring at the gym lost and found, I just came to a place where I secretly thought I probably didn’t fasten it quite right and it carelessly slipped off, leaving some incredibly lucky person as a finder on the street. 

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Sniff.

 

 

I moved on, not in the best way (this is me, after all), by buying an exact replacement.

Plus a few new friends for it.

Event #2: One of those new bracelets was a huge impulse buy. Huge. And in my excitement, I decided to wear my new bracelets right out of the store and forego any and all packaging, requesting that the store email me my receipt.

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Except they didn’t.

I had the bracelets, but no paperwork. No problem, I thought (cue foreshadowing).

About four months after this spree, the impulse bracelet broke at the hinge. I wasn’t even putting it on or off; I just looked down and it had fallen apart.

I was too stunned to cry, and I wasn’t sure what to do. My luck with David Yurman was starting to become pretty lousy.

Spouse kindly did the legwork and sent the bracelet off to an official David Yurman repair center. It was gone for four months but came back fixed, and for free! Worth the effort.

Fast forward to last weekend: Trixie (6) was digging in my jewelry box, as she tends to do. She brought out a small box that holds a pin belonging to Spouse from his college days on the crew team. It’s a pin for being a letter winner in the sport, and since Spouse is not a jewelry guy, it’s lived in that box for, oh, nearly twenty years.

I was folding laundry on the bed and she emerged from my closet with the box, saying “I have a little pin and a bracelet.”

A quick glance seemed to confirm that she’d put the replacement bracelet in the box.

Me: “Hey, look out. I already lost one bracelet exactly like that and I don’t want the new one to get hidden in the box so I can’t find it.”

Trixie: “Umm, well, this one was in there already and I may have put it in there a long time ago.”

Could it be? It was!

Lost bracelet found.

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I was so happy that I couldn’t even be mad about the whole ordeal.

But I will have my eye on her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Staples, #3, Classic Jewelry Wardrobe

While I have a lot of costume jewelry (the urge to resist anything sparkly is so, so difficult for me), I also have a few simpler, classic pieces that I wear often.

Like this David Yurman necklace that I received as a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago:

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I love, love, love this look because it has a single gold link mixed with sterling silver, making it incredibly versatile. I probably wear this four times a week and when it’s on, I don’t even bother taking it off when I work out, shower, etc. It’s really durable. (Sadly, I’m not sure if this is still available at David Yurman, because I couldn’t find it on their website when I tried to add the link. They do have similar versions that are all silver or alternating gold-and-silver).

The first really nice jewelry that I bought for myself – now almost 13 years ago – was a pair of diamond stud earrings. I rarely take them out of my ears, even to sleep. They go with everything! Really. This is a great investment that has amortized well over time. Size matters; buy the biggest stones you can get for your budget. Quality matters less here than for, say, an engagement ring. For your ears, you want flash. 

I also mix up what I wear on my wrist, but there’s almost always my watch and a bracelet or two (or six). Like these:

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Except, scratch that.  The first bracelet went AWOL about two months ago.

I last remember wearing it right around my birthday at the end of January, and then the next thing I knew, it was missing when I went to pack for a trip in the first half of February.

Where did it go and when did it take off?

When you wear something often but not every day, it’s really hard to tell.

I know I had it on my birthday, a hectic day  in the OR that left me frazzled. Did I accidentally leave my locker door ajar and it was stolen? (It’s happened before). Did Trixie take it like a magpie, treasuring it away amidst her trove of My Little Ponies and other assorted Disney/Barbie/Random Princess detritus? Did our recently departed nanny take it as a parting gift?

Or did I lose it like the disorganized mess that at my core, I basically am?

Ripping apart Fancy Pants Ranch, my office, and inquiries in the lost-and-found at the gym have all proven fruitless, so I’m resigned to either go without or find a replacement.

Naturally, I like plan B better.

While I really just want my old bracelet back, this caught my eye:

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I like the cool black stones and this would leave me with something different if my lost bracelet suddenly turned up.

This fun and more affordable collection from David Yurman is also getting a lot of attention:

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These colorful bracelets are made from aluminum – not precious metals – and retail for $350 each. I’d like to check them out in person. Choosing just one color would be tough, though.