Although I like to think I “started” the tons of jewelry look that’s pretty trendy right now, I’m pretty sure it’s just synchronicity.
Right now, my look has transitioned from wearing lots of clothing layers (dress/leggings/sweater/scarf/hat, many of which are patterned) to wearing the simple jeans and a shirt with lots o’ jewelry.
I’ve been wearing lots of rings – 7, to be exact, but they keep changing – for a long time now. I also wear a leather cuff on each wrist, but what I’m getting at is my choice of jewelry is very consistent on a day-to-day basis. I think the consistency in jewelry defines my style, and I think that it gives me much more longevity in my wardrobe than constantly updating it as my tastes change. Much more economical to buy a few pieces of new jewelry that you can wear every day, than to buy a set of new clothes every year.
The charm bracelet, I dunno if it’ll be trendy anytime soon cause it seems like jewelry these days is big, bold, geometric, and somewhat simple (lotsa big plasticy upside-down crosses and triangular things and lucite stuff), but I’ve noticed most trendsetting ladies wearing just a mess of bracelets and rings. I think the charm bracelet is cool cause it’s one of those pieces that I can wear every day, has a lot of versatility, and really says a lot about who I am.
My charm bracelet I got when I was around 10, and it was a “thing” in the figure skating world to have these little charm bracelets engraved with the tests you passed/accomplishments you’ve made. Everything else on it right now I took from necklaces or broken earrings. I have like, a ridiculous amount of necklaces, like 70+, a lot were inherited, but most are your basic charm-on-chain that I think are pretty or meaningful for whatever reason. So I decided instead of having 20 different charm necklaces, why don’t I just have one bracelet with 20 charms!
You need: pliers, wire cutters, jump rings, a chain bracelet with big links, and a mess of old jewelry (necklaces, broken stuff, earrings that lost their pair, etc)
1. I’m working here with an earring that had a spring-loaded back, but the bottom piece fell out so it’s kind of a hook earring – post earrings can work, but they’re harder to work with.
2. I just twist around the back using pliers into a little loop
3. I cut off the excess then squished the loop to make sure it’s “closed”
4. I put in a jump ring in the loop – prolly you wanna use smaller jump rings than I am, but they’re all I have on hand right now
5. Attach onto the bracelet.