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BUILDING YOUR JEWELRY WARDROBE

In addition to evaluating your personal sense of style and how it is involved with your personality another issue is your jewelry wardrobe. Undoubtedly you already have a jewelry wardrobe. Of course, those of us who love gems and jewelry always consider the state of our jewelry wardrobe to be incomplete. There is always something new and wonderful just around the corner. However, a certain amount of evaluation here can help in the design process.

        A look at one’s lifestyle can be a help in creating a useful jewelry collection. Are you a traveler, a teacher, an art1st a home maker, an opera singer, a lawyer, a policeman, a flight attendant. Each of these lifestyles may require a different jewelry wardrobe. Then too, in addition to our vocation each of us has a certain amount of free time and certain patterns of how we spend that time. Appropriate choices to go with one’s lifestyle can make jewelry more useable and functional. On the other hand we can get back to what we touched on before about making changes in ones life and using jewelry to facilitate those changes. Jewelry can be an incentive for yourself to make a change and an outward statement to others. Maybe there is a particular social event in which you would like to participate but never felt your jewelry wardrobe would stand the test. Perhaps your new jewelry esiJgns can help change that for you. So we have not only the lifestyle you live but the lifestyle you aspire to as considerations.

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II : GEMS AND JEWELRY (Continued…)

BEYOND FASHION: A PERSONAL SENSE OF STYLE

        In addition to our sense of fashion due to our personality we can get into certain categories that already exist within the jewelry world. Categories that might evoke a sense of recognition are: casual, romantic, classic traditional, ethnic, historical. Whether we are aware of it or not each of us has our own personal sense of style, partly based on our personality, partly based on our sense of esthetics, partly based on our sense of social standing. There are literally thousands of products available to us on a daily basis that can affect our personal style. These products are comprised of many categories, from make-up, apparel, or scents, to jewelry. These products when taken as a whole become a rather full expression of ourselves and are a sign of our own preferred style. While we may belong to a particular social or ethnic group and have in a sense defined our personal style broadly along those lines, each individual has their own very specific style that is their own. The point of this is that when you are designing your own jewelry, in addition to observing outwardly, it is good to look at one’s own style. It is good if possible to look at oneself from a more objective standpoint in order to assess one’s overall look. What is it we’ve been working toward all these years with all the choices we’ve made from all the products we’ve mentioned. Despite all the choices available a person tends to find themselves opting for a few of the available choices. We do this on a regular basis and create a pattern. For instance, buying only a few of the available perfumes and· leaving the other ones alone. In terms of makeup, people find themselves using certain colors and certain products and leaving others alone. The same holds true for clothing. People tend to shop at certain stores and not go into other stores. This even gets specific enough that a person may shop only in certain departments of a given store and not go into the other departments.

        Through years and years of experimentation each of us comes to a point of having our own style. So, when it comes to the act of creating, our own designs should somehow reflect the sense of style that we have and with which we are comfortable. On the other hand our designs might want to reflect a sense of style to which we aspire. In either case it makes sense to know enough about ones existing sense of style in order to be consistent with it or to move away from it in a controlled manner. This will he us make creations with which we are satisfied in the long run. Self evaluation with regards to style can help us figure out what it is we like about what we’ve been doing and what we do not like about our past choices.