Maven Moment: Costume Jewelry

Maven Moment: Costume Jewelry

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When Grandma Jennie was an Avon Lady, she bought costume jewellery along with magnificence merchandise. I bear in mind her fairly shows of earring-and-necklace units with seasonal themes, like russet leaves for fall and pastel flowers for spring. She even bought Santa Claus brooches and sweet cane earrings.

I nonetheless have some items I bought from her, together with blue drop earrings, a Christmas bell pin, and a rhinestone butterfly pin that Grandma used to put on on her coat. I seldom put on the jewellery; as an alternative, I show it — together with Mom’s rings and different sentimental items — in a jewellery organizer with clear pockets that I hold on my closet door.

But for costume jewellery that I don’t put on and that has no sentimental worth, I wish to donate it to Dress for Success. An cheap however tasteful set of earrings can lend polish to an interview go well with. Or a small floral brooch can add a female contact to a stern blazer. Dress for Success sometimes accepts donations solely on particular dates and instances; name forward to search out out when your native affiliate accepts donations.

Another choice for costume jewellery may be an old school dress-up activity for kids. “Exotic” earrings and necklaces can rework a baby right into a queen or an old-time film star. A single earring may full a gypsy or pirate outfit — go away it to your little one’s creativeness.

One of the prettiest makes use of for outdated costume jewellery is Victorian image craft; think about a framed image created with outdated jewellery (even damaged items) on a black velvet background. Typical shapes embrace bouquets of flowers, trees, or a lady’s elaborate coiffure or gown. I noticed this craft displayed at our native historic society, and it’s a craft that I would like to try. (It’s additionally an effective way to reuse outdated image frames.)

So, don’t throw out these undesirable items of costume jewellery. Instead, go it alongside to somebody who can use it, spark a baby’s creativeness, or use it to create a murals!