rock on

On October 23, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Rocks are so lovely. I really like rocks. I hang-out-in-the-natural-history-museum like rocks. I like trees and plants and other things that fall under the umbrella of nature as well…but especially rocks. Rocks, crystals, other kinds of mineral deposits that harden into rock-like structures…

After all, you can wear rocks.

While I do like stones that have been formed into beads, faceted, manhandled, I have a visceral appreciation for the raw beauty of a more organic presentation.

semi precious stone necklaces

Really craving this kind of large, raw-edged, stone jewelry for the last few years. Such stones feel somehow naked and true. Anchoring.

amethyst necklace

Here is a gorgeous piece of amethyst and citrine crystals, unabashedly bulky and heavy. While potentially [ideally] imposing, I find such jewelry capable of being casual where a more ornate (“fine”) piece would feel overdressed and out of place. It’s simultaneously overstated and understated. Eye-catching and bold yet approachable, relatively inexpensive, versatile.

turquoise necklace

Turquoise I love any day of the week, in all forms. There are a number of stones available in this format of bulky puddle-stone style necklaces and I find myself drawn to them. In wearing such stones I seem to be saying, what more processing do they need to serve as worthy embellishment? None. Pull them from the ground, clean them up, drill some holes, et voilà. Fit for a queen.

There is something stately about them, too. Solemn, even. Something not at all frivolous, unlike those ubiquitous faux-stone bib necklaces, for example. Not that I can’t appreciate those but they have little stylistic weight, if that makes any sense. Even when well-played they are still merely trendy. Trendy can go far, very far indeed in our culture, but do we not want to go beyond that?

I think the word I’m looking for is fierce.

amber necklace

Love the warmth and luminosity of amber. One does feel rather like some goddess of the earth when wearing a rustic band of jagged amber, bedecked with the fruits of the underground (one’s shadowy domain? I like where this is going). I recommend it. I happen to have picked these pieces up on eBay. Others like them aren’t hard to find, and beautiful semi-precious stones abound.

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inscribed

On February 26, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

I don’t usually like words on [my] clothes, or shoes, or bags, or…anything to be worn. I don’t want my T-shirt talking to you, with some room for exceptions when I think the design exceptionally charming or neat. I got that J. Crew kiss tee I wanted, for example:

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And, though I don’t know that I would wear it, I have a soft spot for this Flight of the Conchords tee:

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When it comes to jewelry, though, I’m more flexible. Perhaps because jewelry is a kind of extension of the skin, at least when worn directly against it, and I’ve always liked and toyed with the idea of a tattoo of a word. Or of several words somehow significant to me (perhaps together, perhaps isolated and scattered, in some appealing script). I still quite like the idea but don’t see myself committing to anything anytime soon (neither, though, will I rule a tattoo out in my mind. Have not forgotten the plan to experiment with henna).  Though there are some questionable ones out there, I find tattoos so interesting – or I find all species of body decor interesting, the tattoo being a particularly ancient* and powerful example.

*How incredible are these ancient Siberian tattoos?

Coming to the point then:

I got this necklace.

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wearing it here

This ties in with what I was saying about  being a bit cheesy, I suppose. [What if I am! There is nothing I can do about it, really.] Evidently my exceptions all revolve around love and kisses. And rocking the party.

Well, I like it. Love is a concept worth thinking on, worth keeping in mind. I’m going to wear it. I like the idea of an “M” as well, though my whole name would be, for me, too, too much.

This piece is also part of my preparations for summer, when I intend to wear several dainty gold necklaces of different lengths layered together with a minimally buttoned white shirt. It’s all part of the plan.

storage: jewelry favorites

On February 5, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

IMG_1345I like to keep my frequently worn jewelry on little plates or salvers on my dresser, readily accessible and just as easily deposited at the end of the day. I mean daily or weekly favored pieces, which I cannot be bothered (and often do not wish) to put in a box or drawer.

I may have a few little trays going, one by the bed, one on the dresser – anyplace I find I would otherwise leave a pile. The selection of featured jewelry varies with my mood, what I aspire to wear, what I habitually wear*, and any number of mysterious factors. The plates, too, get switched out according to my whims, as any little tray or plate-like thing (saucers and more elaborate coasters can work well) will do. I find I like them to have a balance of plainness, such that the jewelry can be quickly discerned and picked out, and luxury, such that they are in themselves objects of beauty, but they may be any material,** and a range of sizes can serve.

*and other little items sneak in; safety pins, perfume vials, rogue buttons

**I’ve been absently browsing for a rectangular stainless steel tray to serve the purpose, as I like that look. Nothing strikes my fancy yet, though.

IMG_1344Here’s the plate of the hour, a beautifully glazed ceramic appetizer plate. In my eyes it was destined from the start to be a jewelry repository. I’m always wondering what other strategies people employ for such tasks. How are you solving the question of what to do with frequently used jewelry? Are you dutifully putting them away in their rightful places? For me that is so unrealistic as to be inconceivable.

denim + denim

On October 19, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

Nothing goes with denim quite like…

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…more denim.

I also like denim and pink together. This pearl rope is the last of the pieces I borrowed from Lilia’s Treasures Etsy shop (you can see the other pieces here and here), pink drops with beautiful luster.

[More thoughts on pearls here. I am an enthusiast.]

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Tying a knot like this is my favorite way to wear a rope right now.

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Here’s a better look at the Breil Milano watch I’m wearing a lot at the moment. I’m wearing it in a few other places but it’s been difficult to see. It is massive, which was what I was going for – that appeal of borrowing masculine elements. It’s almost comically oversized, and my wrist isn’t especially small. I like…basically everything about it.

IMG_8353Denim shirt from cloth & stone (via Marshall’s), Rich & Skinny (I know: terrible brand name. But they were $5, and they’re fitted but still kind of slouchy, with really big back pockets, like I like…) jeans (thrifted), python buckle belt* (eBay), Breil Milano watch (eBay), Eric Michael Laguna boots, necklace from Lilia’s Treasures. On the lips: Lancôme Rouge in Love lipstick in Fiery Attitude.

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Really liking the look of a bold lip and an essentially bare face (more importantly, bare eyes). Here I’ve just haphazardly bashed some bronzer on and skipped blush altogether, which look I also like.

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 This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Featured pearls are on loan from Lilia’s Treasures.

 

keshi pearls

On October 10, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

Keshi means ‘poppy’ in Japanese, and refers to pearls grown with no nucleus. Though the term technically applies to many types of pearls, colloquially it is used for non-nucleated pearls that are irregularly shaped, often like flakes or amorphous blobs.

It’s difficult to find these to see in person but so worthwhile if you have a chance. The larger keshis can form cool, creature-like shapes (hippos, elephants), and the play of color in the nacre can be especially varied. I’ve borrowed some pieces from the Etsy shop Lilia’s Treasures, which features a great selection of funky designs using  non-traditional pearls. I’ll be featuring Lema’s pieces in a few posts, so keep an eye out for more pearls in the near future.

The first piece is a statement strand of enormous keshis, which will give you an idea of the incredible strangeness of these pearls.

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They seem like splashes of molten rainbow.  As if they are not of our world.

I opted for a casual look but you can see how readily these would adapt to a formal context. Pearls have this flexibility, for me, that precious gemstones simply do not.

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Here is a strand of keshi flakes, equally arresting.

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High-waist denim leggings from Express*, Banana Republic shirt, vintage Levi’s belt, Zara pumps, antique spoon bracelet. Metallic turquoise eye liner (Urban Decay 24/7 liner in flipside), a bit scary from a distance.

*I’m not in the habit of buying pre-distressed clothing but, in the event that there is no sound, non-distressed equivalent (or not in my size), and I am happy with the fit (so rare), I will sometimes go for them.

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This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Featured pearls are on loan from Lilia’s Treasures.

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