I love jewelry. In fact, the bigger and bolder, the better. I mean, I’m not talking about a Dallas socialite or successful real estate agent kind of jewelry. That’s a little over the top for me. But here are my general rules for jewelry.
- Must be silver in color. Preferably sterling silver or silver plated. And of course, white gold and platinum are readily accepted.
- Must have some weight to it. No delicate chains for me around my neck or my wrist.
- Must be just a wee bit funky OR must be a classic (think silver hoops).
And then when it comes to wearing jewelry, I have a few more rules.
- Don’t mix gold and silver. It’s all silver (preferably) or all gold. This includes the clasps on purses and buckles on shoes. (This is excessive, I know.)
- Wear big earrings and no necklace or smaller earrings and a big necklace. Unless you’re wearing classic silver hoops.
- Don’t wear a complete matching set (although I’ve broken this rule because I have a beautiful set).
- Wear bracelets all year round. Even in winter.
I’ll admit, I used to think bracelets were reserved only for summer when our tanned (or sunburned arms) would be bare and a beautiful piece of jewelry around our wrists would make us look exquisite amidst the heat and humidity. Because really, in winter, I mainly look like this.
Cardigan and shirt. Check.
Simple silver hoops. Check.
But I’m also wearing a bracelet.
Why am I wearing a bracelet?
It’s winter (technically it’s fall but Christmas time just feels like winter). We’re usually wearing bulkier clothes and longer sleeves and sweaters so who’s going to see the bracelet anyway?
Answer: Lots of people, including you. And you may not even realize it. Let me demonstrate with a beautiful Joseph Nogucci bracelet I was given for review.
It’s so pretty, isn’t it? It’s called the IRIS bead and charm bracelet by Joseph Nogucci. You can buy it as a complete bracelet (with 5 charms and 5 beads) or just design your own. For me, chunkier is better so this is just the way I like it. But again, should I really be wearing such a fabulous find in winter? Especially if no one will see it? Here are the answers to these questions and more.
1. It goes great with jeans.
I love mixing casual and elegant but normally I’m a little afraid of color, especially when it comes to jewelry. And even though I was wearing a gray top and a red sweater, the blue in these beads made it coordinate with my jeans.
2. It can be seen when you want it to be seen.
I call this my “tough chick with a bracelet” pose.
3. It can be out of sight if I want it to be.
Yes, we hang stockings for our dogs. (And cats.)
4. It brings a touch of elegance to your every day tasks.
Like cleaning your husband’s coffee grounds our of the sink. Again.
Or finally pouring yourself your first cup of tea.
Admiringly showing your friends the ornament you picked up in Solvang, California that you finally found and hung up on the tree.
And cursing the elf that makes Christmas so much more stressful now.
Bottom line is that I love bracelets, even in winter. And this Joseph Nogucci IRIS bead and charm bracelet is perfect for a little casual, every day elegance.
Here are some of the details in case you’ve got your eye on one for yourself or another lovely lady in need of some wrist love.
Joseph Nogucci beads are hand crafted blown glass for brilliant shine and beauty. The beads can be string on either a silver-plated or leather double-wrap bracelet, both with a European clasp. Complete bracelets retail for $109 or you can make your own. Starter bands are $40 and beads are $13 each.
Want to learn more about Joseph Nogucci? Check out their website here.
Disclosure: I received this item courtesy of Joseph Nogucci to facilitate this post. Also, I’m trying out some affiliate links so if you decide to make a purchase, I get a small commission. No pressure or anything.