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watchI have a friend’s wedding to go to in a few weeks and while trying to put together my outfit and jewelry, I thought of something.

My Jewelry pet peeve #652 – When women wear watches out at night, especially with something formal. I know you’re probably thinking this is petty, but this is the kind of stuff I’m tuned into. Jewelry is usually the first thing I’ll notice when it comes to what someone is wearing, I zoom in like radar! I just don’t get it, you changed your shoes, you changed your dress, change the jewelry too!

In general I don’t think watches go with formal dresses (I hate that word, but nothing else really works either, like evening dress?), anyway leave it at home. There’s no reason to wear your office Seiko, with your Valentino. If you do insist on wearing a watch out at night make it something sparkly! Or if a ton of sparkle isn’t quite your thing, a cool antique or vintage style watch with a delicate face and a black cord or satin bracelet works too!

evening watch  citizen watch

The only thing with antique watches is that they often do not keep time reliably, sometimes even after having them overhauled. So, if it’s a super gorgeous piece you can just wear it as a bracelet if it doesn’t work. I had a friend that collected watches and while I think all of hers worked, she didn’t always have them set correctly or even have batteries in them, so hers were always for show. When I worked at Fred Leighton we sold beautiful estate watches, diamond art deco pieces and 1940’s “tutti frutti” watches set with carved rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Those aren’t the type of timepieces that most of us can afford (me included) but there are plenty of other options out there.

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Tassels Aren’t Just For Pasties

tassel neck My own vintage 1970’s necklace

Tassels, cool little fringy things that dangle and sway.  They can add some frou frou-ness or tackiness to all sorts of things, depending on what they’re attached to, from curtains to jewelry and pasties! On someone very adept at making them twirl around they can really pick up some speed! I’ve never been able to master that, and I’ve tried, believe me! I have my very own leopard print pasties, (birthday gift a few years ago) but I’ve yet to put them to good use.

But ,I have been getting a whole lot of use out of a vintage tassel necklace I got from a friend for helping her organize and revamp her jewelry collection.  Mine is a silver toned, 1970’s version with a long, chunky rope chain and a textured pendant. The coolest way to a wear a tassel is long and sexy decorating your décolleté.

VCA necklace VCA braceletTwo gorgeous 1950’s pieces from VCA

Tassels have been a widely used motif in jewelry for years and we’re especially prevalent from the 1940’s to the 1960’s. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this look!  Often seen as the finishing touch on a yellow gold rope necklace or decorating a wide bracelet. In my opinion, some of the best examples of this style are from the design house of Van Cleef and Arpels(

I would wear this yellow gold VCA necklace paired up with a long multi strand beaded chain over a t shirt, which is pretty much my answer to everything. This way, you dress it down a few notches, making it easier to wear and less serious. There’s no point in keeping half of your jewelry collection locked away for a once a year special occasion. Mix it up, making it less intimidating and more relatable to everyday life, c’mon if you’ve got it wear it! And if you’re that freaked out, just get it insured.

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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Jewelry


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