Wednesday, April 25, 2012


OK, fine, so technically the colors for this week's color collective hosted by the lovely Brynn over at Chartreuse and a Twist are aqua and turquoise, but as you will see I own a lot more turquoise stuff than I do aqua. Well, actually the truth is that the aqua stuff I own is mostly clothes, and it's hard to photograph clothes all together in one picture. Well it is for me, at least.

So I went with a couple of aqua sweaters as background and picked out my favorite turquoise jewelry to highlight:

You may be wondering why I own so much turquoise jewelry, but I am a December baby. Among the trials and tribulations of such a birthday, which include people lumping your Holiday and Birthday present together (which is a sin Ted committed once. Only once), you also get turquoise as a birthstone. No diamonds or sapphires for me, oh no, not even pearls. I get turquoise. Which is most often worked into jewelry with a Southwestern motif. And while I understand some people love this, it's not really my thing. In fact, I fucking hate it.

So I've spent many years (and plenty of money) amassing a collection of turquoise jewelry that I DO love, because I really do love my birthday, and my birthstone, and being born in December. This antique ring is my favorite piece, which my best friend Meredith found, had the stone replaced with a turquoise one, and gave to Ted to give me for my birthday (now THAT's a best friend, just FYI):

I love it more than my children and wear it as often as I can. This stack of bracelets came from God-knows-where and the skull on the little one looks a little out of sorts, but whatevs:

These plain stud earring are from a Slane sample sale, which is really the only way I could afford them, let's be honest:

The necklace and earring set are some random brand that I don't remember:

And yes, I know that it looks like a cheap knock-off of the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection, but I don't care, I love it. Although that's not to say that I wouldn't be willing to give the Alhambra collection a chance, I mean, hey, I'm open-minded. Sort of.

The backdrop for all of this is my "aqua" contribution, in the form of two J. Crew cashmere sweaters in a color that they don't make anymore and probably had some ridiculous name like "Breeze" which doesn't really tell you what color it is at all. As for why I have two of the same exact sweater (Don't lie, Ted, you are wondering) I will have you know that one has long sleeves and one has short sleeves. Which makes it totally legit to own both, even though they are the same color. Right? I also own one piece of aqua jewelry; it's a necklace that I wear wrapped and wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet:

It was a gift from my mother-in-law (I KNOW!!!) and looks very cool on, especially when you have a tan. I love it.

Anyway, thanks as always to Brynn, and definitely check out her infinitely more beautiful and creative color post, as well as all the others who link up - very talented company I have forced myself upon! Till (next) Tuesday, you guys! (Yet ANOTHER song reference that sadly dates me as OLD).


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April 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

LOVE your Slane studs. Matte gold and turquoise is my fave combo ever. And love your skull too- so unexpected!! I recently checked the price on the VCA studs and it was insane. Like $5k.

April 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Gawd those are all so pretty!! The only turquoise I ever see is some Zuni made junk that's marked up for the tourists that buy that crap. Seriously gorgeous pieces you have there!

May 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

lovely pieces, princess! GORGEOUS...

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