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The Joy collection by Foundrae jewelry. Image from Vogue magazine.

I will wear anything: high-low brands, menswear, vintage. I tend to always have something on that is a bit off.

Beth Bugdaycay – American jewelry designer.

This quote is from Vogue magazine, March 2022.

Ms. Bugdaycay is the co-founder Foundrae jewelry. Since 2015 she has been creating unique jewelry pieces that are inspired by the world around us from nature to every day objects. Each line has a theme and a set of symbolic motifs. Her latest collection is titled Joy and includes a butterfly for freedom, a spade for abundance, and the Roman numeral 10 for manifestation. Foundrae jewelry is of heirloom quality, made of recycled 18k gold.

Most of my jewelry is symbolic of something personal to me. A silver brooch that I bought at a London antique market (travel). My college class ring (achievement). My grandmother’s gold locket (family).

I like adding something “a bit off” to my ensembles too and jewelry works well for that purpose. Like a big brooch on a hat or on the cuff of a jacket or chunky chain necklace worn as a belt. It’s all about getting creative and having fun with it.

Well, here I am back at it on ODFL. While on a little hiatus I realized that in the ten plus years of writing this blog I have never taken a break. I see that after two silent months not only have I kept my regular readers, but I even managed to add a few new subscribers. To the newbies I say welcome! And to my regulars, thank you for staying with me.

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Annabelle Wallis. Photo: Tom Munro

When I’m in a business meeting, there’s a strength that has to come in with me. I’m wearing a tailored jacket; I’m wearing jewelry … My mum has always said that the way you dress is also out of respect for the person who’s receiving you. So, if someone invites me to something or I go to an event, I make sure I’m arriving in respect of their gesture.

Annabelle Wallis, British actress and Cartier ambassador.

This quote is from an insert in Elle magazine, August 2021. A collaboration between Elle and Cartier, the insert is all about the iconic jewelry pieces, such as the Trinity ring and Panthere watch, designed by Cartier.

I always think about how I’m dressed when I attend a conference, attend a press preview, or when I interview someone in person. These are professional situations and I want to dress appropriately. I find that anything tailored makes me feel polished and presentable. Often I’ll wear one of my vintage tailored jackets with an added brooch on the lapel; the vintage aspect takes it out of the ordinary and the brooch gives the look a personal touch.

Ms. Wallis’ comment about dress and respect reminds me of a wedding that I went to years ago. It was a traditional wedding – the bride in a white wedding gown, the groom in a black tuxedo. The guests were dressed in their celebratory finest, except one guy. This guy, who showed up late, was not wearing his finest (I assume), but instead a short sleeve t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and … hiking boots! Talk about blatant lack of respect.

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Pearls go with everything and can go anywhere. They’re not too much and not too little but everything you’d ask for in a piece of jewelry.

Cindy Marshall, retired antique jewelry dealer and my mother.

Mom comes out with these little gems every so often. We were chatting on the phone and I mentioned that I’d been wearing her pearl bracelet that she had passed on to me years ago. I hadn’t worn it much, saving it for special occasions until my recent pull toward pearls inspired me to wear this bracelet every day, just because I like it.

It seems I’m not the only person drawn to pearls lately. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs told Harper’s Bazaar that after years of wanting, he finally bought himself a strand of pearls for Christmas last year. He says that the pearls are like a good luck charm and bring him joy during the pandemic. I recently interviewed a jeweler about trends and pearls are on the list. She told me that young women, influenced by the young British royals, are buying pearls.

I suspect that women are also inspired by another fan of pearls – Vice President Kamala Harris, who has made pearls her signature. Single strands, double strands, layered, mixed with gold and even diamonds, Vice President Harris loves her pearls. (I love that fact that she sports her pearls with her other favorite accessory – Converse sneakers.)

I agree with my mother that pearls are now an every day choice that go with everything. I like pearls with t-shirts. Or layers of pearls peeking out from underneath a blouse. Or a long strand on a lightweight sweater. Pearls are fun to play with and they don’t have to be real; faux pearls can be as lovely and lustrous as the real thing. And by the way, pearl is the birthstone for June.

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