In the last year, in building up my student teaching wardrobe, I've started purchasing more and more jewelry from Etsy.com. Etsy is a website where artisans can list handmade jewelry, among other goods, and the cost is relatively reasonable.
Also the quality of the jewelry seems to hold up much better than any of my other purchases.
These are some of my favorites:
|Vermeil baby owl charm that I've dubbed Simon.|
|Vermeil & crystal earrings.|
|Vermeil initial charm....mine has an A on it.|
|Beaded & ceramic rose earrings.|
|Wooden crane brooch that I wear on my blazers at work.|
|Earring frame that I bought to display my collection in my room.|
|White & CZ encrusted clover necklace.|
|Black & vermeil clover necklace.|
|Matching earrings to my white clover necklace.|
|Turquoise resin rose studs.|
Most of my jewelry that I've purchased is vermeil, which is an amazing invention. Vermeil is a mixture of silver with gold, often gold filled, which puts it in a more "fine jewelry" category. Vermeil does not tarnish like sterling silver, but it still has that matte gold finish that I adore. It looks like it's worth a whole lot more than I've actually paid for it, and it goes with all of my outfits.
A lot of the artists also package the jewelry in little boxes with cotton, which is wonderful for gifting.
I know I'm not the first person to discover etsy, but now that my iphone has the etsy addict app, I'm sure I could never stop buying from the site.