I Must Confess…my problematic relationship with jewellery

I love jewellery. No surprise there, really. The real confession would be if I did not, wouldn’t it?

I do love me some jewellery. But sadly the love is not always returned.

You see, I have a problematic relationship with precious metal. I love it’s shine, it’s beauty, it’s delicacy. I love how it feels, what it expresses, how it can make you feel. I never like wearing a lot of jewellery at once but what I do wear has real meaning for me.

However, I have a tendency to not treat it as well as I should. As well as having the worst kind of luck. Not an ideal combination when it comes to precious metal…

Take a lovely bracelet my husband gave me for my 30th birthday. I was so excited – I don’t receive jewellery everyday so this was special. The weight of the metal felt good on my wrist. Until I suddenly realised it was no longer there after a trip to a busy shopping centre. Farewell my beautiful birthday gift and possibly any chance of receiving jewellery from my husband ever again…

And then there’s the story of my engagement ring. It’s a familiar tale. You’re gardening, the ring comes loose and, again, it’s a tragic farewell. Luckily for me, I actually have two identical engagement rings so I was covered (remind me to recount that story another day). All the same, I squealed with relief and joy when the ring was rediscovered a few months later. Dirty but intact. Hallelujah!

There have been other tragedies. A lovely blue pendant given to me by my parents-in-law that broke apart and shattered. Earrings that have come lose and become partnerless. Enough tragedy that has seen me lose confidence in the preciousness and embrace the less valuable – why spend money on the good stuff when I will only lose it or break it anyway?

Even with this approach, I have come unstuck. My jewellery box has turned on me, leaving a mess of the little of what is left of the good stuff.

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I must confess I spent more time trying to detangle this mess than writing this post. I also confess there was much swearing and muttering under my breath as I lost patience with the task at hand.

Despite all my jewellery misadventures, I still possess the following pieces that are the most special to me:

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The ring given to my by my nan for my 21st birthday.

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The ring given to me by Nathan after we’d been together for 6 months (and to think I gave him B-grade sci-fi videos for the same occasion…oh the shame!)

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The infamous identical engagement rings together with my wedding ring

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And my most treasured piece of jewellery – a chain given to me by Nathan that reminded him of the curls of my hair – gosh he can be utterly, utterly romantic at times x

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I guess that’s why I persevered and finally freed my most treasured chain from the tangle of the jewellery box!

Your turn. What’s your most treasured piece of jewellery and why? And do you have a problematic relationship with jewellery like me?

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29 Responses

  1. Me says:

    Probably my most favourite piece of jewellery is my engagement ring which is made up of the diamond from my engagement ring, my Mom’s engagement ring and my Gran’s engagement ring. I have had my engagement ring redesigned a couple of times but it won’t be happening again – I really love it the way it is now.
    I love jewellery and I love living in Australia even more because now I can actually wear it – in South Africa, I only ever really wore my wedding band – it just wasn’t safe to wear anything else.
    Have the best day !
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  2. My most treasured piece of jewellery would have to be my engagement ring, I will never ever forget the proposal. The only sentinmental jewellery I wear are my rings – wedding ring, engagement ring, a ring from my husband for my 30th that has three intertwining bands to represent my husband, myself and my son and a peridot ring from my parents for my 21st birthday. Other than those, I just wear cheap fashion jewellery!
    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy recently posted..Playgroup: A Sanity Saver

    • Kirsty says:

      You sound very much like me Eva – a few special pieces with great meaning and a jewellery boxed otherwise filled with the cheap stuff. After the luck I’ve had, it’s just not worth spending a fortune on things that I’m likely to lose or break anyway!

  3. Tegan says:

    I have terrible luck with jewellery too. I rarely wear anything other than sleepers in my ears because I either lose anything else and studs make my ears swell up.
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  4. I’ve gone from someone that only use to wear one pair of earrings and my wedding and engagement ring, to needing to explore even more jewellery storage options because the huge mirrored storage unit is bursting at the seams.

    We have a long weekend here in Perth, so I’ve just linked up my latest post. It does have a jewellery element to it. I will be missing in action next week as well but back with blogging bells on the week after. All will be explained, I hope, on the blog tomorrow.
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  5. I’m dying to hear the story of TWO engagement rings, one is expensive enough, how did you jag it to get two? LOL. Love that necklace from Nathan. I lost a bracelet the hubster gave me before we were married, like you, it just fell off one day and I never saw it again even though it was engraved with our names 🙁
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    • Kirsty says:

      It’s terrible to lose something given to you with love and with such meaning. The story of the two engagement rings isn’t that impressive (I think I’ve built it up to be more than it is!) but i will definitely share it one day, I am a blogger after all!!!!

  6. I love the last necklace and how incredibly thoughtful and romantic is your hubby? Strangely I haven’t lost a lot of jewellery. Some bead necklaces have broken and I’ve had beads fly everywhere!! I actually can’t wait to fit into my wedding rings again. Pregnancy has kept me from wearing them because of fluid retention and joints expanding.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I hope you can wear your rings again soon. I remember how swollen I was after Delilah – unfortunately it did take a couple of months for the swelling to fully subside but it did. And yes, the necklace is the most romantic gift I have ever received – he can be quite the romeo at times!

  7. My most treasured pieces of jewellery are those that I wear everyday: my wedding band, engagement and eternity rings, a broken pendant that I received for my confirmation and a necklace that I brought with my inheritance from my grandfather. There is probably more pieces that I would cry over if I lost them, but these are so special I like them near me always.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I like that you wear what is precious to you and don’t wait until a special occasion to have them near you. That does illustrate just how special they are to you x

  8. Deborah says:

    I’ve lost two REALLY special bracelets. One was something my parents gave me for my 21st (they paid half) and the next was one I’d had made in Cambodia with sapphires in it. It cost a shitload of money but fortunately I had it insured. It didn’t make up for the fact that I lost a one-off piece though. (And naturally I spent the money on other crap and didn’t replace it!)
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    • Kirsty says:

      It hurts doesn’t it? It’s not necessarily the cost that hurts, its the memories and the sentiment attached that pains you when a special item is lost. I hope we can both avoid feeling that pain again in future Deborah!

  9. My jewellery box looks very similar!! I tend to lose stuff that I have as well. That is VERY romantic giving you something that looks like a lock of hair bless. I hope you’re feeling better today! And here’s to being happily redundant and the world being your oyster – thanks for linking! xx
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Em. I didn’t miss work a bit today as I headed to the beach with the family and enjoyed the school holidays! Hope you are enjoying your own trip across the ditch x

  10. I was going to write a post for todays topic, but the toddler didn’t want a bar of me being on the blog today so that never happened! I don’t really wear much jewellery now that shes come along because she likes to destroy it and/or try and choke me with it while shes attempting to rip it off. I now wear a lot of the silicone teething jewellery, its really cute and totally safe for Hayley. Funnily enough I’ve also lost 2 earrings since she came along and that’s never happened before I had her, but it wasn’t her who pulled them out. No idea what that’s about.
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    • Kirsty says:

      As it happens I’ve only gone back to wearing sleepers again in recent times after nearly losing my lobe on multiple occasions when Delilah was small – I feel your pain!

  11. Hugzilla says:

    Oh I think I just about swooned at the line about the curls in your hair. LOL. Jewellery is another one of those feminine obsessions I don’t get. Jewellery, make up, shoes, handbags, fashion, hair straighteners, Ryan Gosling etc I think I should just give up!
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  12. Alicia says:

    I love that necklace that resembles your hair! That, is a wonderful and thoughtful gift.
    We also have very similar engagement and wedding bands. I have an engagement ring double, one of which is still somewhere at the bottom of the barrier reef, probably wrapped in coral by now, or in a fish’s belly! Luckily for travel insurance I wear it’s replacement today. Don’t get me started on earrings….
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    • Kirsty says:

      Glad I’m not the only one who has lost their engagement ring. I was lucky enough to find mine again in the garden but there were a few uncomfortable months there while my husband wondered about my real commitment to our marriage following it’s loss!!!!

  13. Oh my goodness, how sweet is Nathan! I’m very much looking forward to reading the story behind your identical engagement rings one day. Is it perhaps because Nathan knew you were prone to losing jewellery so he bought you a back up just in case?? I’m just like you in this department – I am ALWAYS losing or breaking pieces of jewellery. I have so many single earrings whose other halves have gone missing. I’ve been saying for years that I’m going to turn them into necklaces. Pretty much the only pair of earrings I’ve never lost or broken are a pair my son made me at school for Mother’s Day when he was six. If I ever lost one of those I would be heartbroken.
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  14. Kirsty says:

    I think we may be a special breed Lizzy ;). I think you should make a necklace from your remaining earrings – that sounds like an awesome idea. Very pinterest worthy!!!!

  15. Mark says:

    Look I have to admit that precious shiny metal is not my thing. That’s OK – every dog to their own bone. What you post did reconfirm to me however was my long held belief that …

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