And below, a glimpse of my worn-almost-constantly Wendy B gold fleur-de-lis necklace. Since receiving this as a Christmas gift almost two years ago (and okay, it was a gift I pointed someone toward pretty forcefully), I've very much returned to my original tendency to wear a simple favourite almost constantly, ignoring most of my jewelry collection most of the time. Still not bored with it. Its cost will drop to pennies per day in the next year or two.
silver bracelets my mother surprised my sisters and I with last Christmas, before we knew the cancer was stirring again. In that post, I showed the bracelet with two others I received last Christmas -- together they made a gold-and-silver high-low mix that I loved. But the gold-coloured balls in the Michael Kors bracelet are at risk of fraying their way right off the inadequate elastic cord they are strung on. I'm going to restring them as soon as our local craft store gets a new supply of the cord.
Meanwhile, though, I found this perfect complement to the group in a fabulous little jewelry store I discovered in Revelstoke, Garnish. The owner, Arleigh, herself a fine artisan, has brought together the best selection of artisans (seventeen of them) that I've seen in that type of jewelry. Some wonderful metalwork -- etching (I bought a brilliant pendant, very fine silver cut like a dog-tag and etched in a floral almost-William Morris design -- love it!), organic castings of maple leaf pods, small leaves, feathers. Arleigh's mom to a pre-schooler as well as being a jeweler and shopowner, so she's juggling too much to have a coherent webpage, although she does have a Facebook page. If she ever gets some decent photography happening to show her full range of offerings, and I could order them online. . . I'd be in trouble! Meanwhile, I'm putting Revelstoke on the list for a return visit. Too bad it's six or seven hours from Vancouver. . .
(Sadly, let me hasten to add, this praise for Garnish is completely unsolicited and did not result in any discount on my recent jewelry purchases! ;-)
As I was saying, though, I bought a bracelet at Garnish that perfectly complements the gold bracelet Paul gave me last Christmas and the silver one from my Mom. To the classic silver charm bracelet, it adds a simple chunky heart, silver underneath, its hollowed top filled with gold leaf -- perfect for pulling together the two metals -- and emphatically stating what this wrist collection is all about: showing and remembering the love.
I should add that this bracelet is by Jessie Turner, who does have a great website, far too dangerous for you to look at. You've been warned. . . .and no, she didn't give me a discount either!