Dearest Adornment

10th May, 2013

DearestAdornment1I don’t really get too attached to things; I’ve always adopted an easy-come / easy-go sort of attitude toward material possessions. My everyday jewelry is a different story; however, to certain pieces I can really become bonded. It’s a system that’s constantly evolving, so I’ll wear the same treasures for years, phasing ancillary items out here and there but keeping a core assortment in steady circulation. And while I don’t really hold onto clothes from past phases of my life, I do tend to keep the jewelry. I love being able to open a box of bijoux and instantly be confronted with a flood of happy memories. Holding an old ring in my hand can immediately transport me to the time in my life when it and I went everywhere together: the places and people and events that I enjoyed inside that ephemeral moment all come rushing back.
DearestAdornment2I’ve mentioned before that I sleep, workout, swim, shower, and live in most of my jewelry, to the point that it just becomes a seamless part of the shell of my being. These pictures, for example, were taken after a three-day period of painting a mural on the inside of an airstream trailer. My manicure is battered and beaten, but I wouldn’t have dreamed of taking off a single ring. This is my just the way my fingers look, the way they work at this moment in my life. The first knuckle rings are my favorite thing lately; I’m thrilled to have another option for how to integrate adornment! I’ve also become deeply, feverishly attached to this new locket necklace, which was an incredibly generous gift from Monica Rich Kosann, after we hosted this dinner together. Inside it, I store a lock of hair from someone very special to me; the Victorian romanticism of that act and the good voodoo it evokes feel like powerful alchemy indeed, and seem to keep us connected wherever I may roam. Besides, if I put a picture in there, I’d have to take the piece off to go surfing in Bali, and that’s just not an option.DearestAdornment3|LEFT HAND| Phillips House cuff, Bing Bang handchain, Anna Sheffield diamond crescent ring, jade ring from Morocco |LOCKET| by Monica Rich Kosann |RIGHT HAND| basically all Catbird all the time: first knuckle rings, serpent coil ring, diamond baguette ring and Jacquie Aiche diamond pinky ring |PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

  • Juliette Laura

    Quality jewelry that stands through life and living is the best. Beautiful pieces!


    Juliette Laura

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  • ClosetConfections

    I’ve become the same way with my jewelry over the past few years. I mainly wear the same two bracelets and rings daily, and I have a staple rotation of necklaces I’ll swap in and out depending on what I’m wearing. I finally ventured into Catbird upon your recommendation, and you’re right, that place is totally addictive! I love my dainty little whisper ring and rarely take it off.


  • Fashion Snag

    I love that you are that way with your jewelry!

  • Ceyda

    So cute, that you love your jewelry that much!
    I don’t have so many items which remind me of certain memories.
    My favorite item is your necklace, it’s soo lovely!

    Greetings, Ceyda xo

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  • Bloomaglow

    Lovely! I felt in love with Monica’s Lockets since they were featured here in your page. Beautiful jewelry. However I can’t sleep with ANY jewelry on. Everything must come off.

  • Ashley Garner

    Lovely post and explanation of what these pieces mean to you.” Powerful alchemy” struck me very deeply.

  • Domonique

    Such a great eclectic mix- also can we please just take a moment to admire that epic manicure!?


    • theglamourai

      Haha it’s just a regular manicure that got inadvertently covered in paint, which wouldn’t wash off!!


  • brunetteletters

    I love when people recognize that investing in jewelry is actually a great investment!!! It bugs me when people buy very cheap jewelry just because it’s ‘cheap’ but truth is your fingers will turn green.

    I sell jewelry that’s why this annoys me haha…

    i kinda like your manicure like that!

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  • Luba Dimitrova

    super fine jewelry , love it

    XX Luba

    Stylish jeans and floral prints in my look

  • Danielle

    I feel the same way about a few of my necklaces and bracelets but I can’t sleep or shower in them; they just get in the way haha. I adore your nail art and that beautiful green ring.

  • Shopopal

    Beautiful jewelry!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Great jewelry collection!!! and besides a good piece of jewelry last forever!!!

    <3 Val

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  • Nina Cruz

    Congratulations wonderful blog!
    Very interesting post!
    I follow you! 😉

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  • Kim

    Love the manicure! Hahaha

  • Jess

    I love your Catbird tomboy rings! I was thinking of getting one myself. Could I trouble you for a little sizing help? What size rings do you normally wear, say on your middle finger? What size is your tomboy/knuckle ring on the same finger?

    Thank you and what fantastic jewelry you have Ms. Framel! 🙂

  • Melissa Varela

    Perfect. Love the jewels and the pics 😉

  • aiyana jane

    i cant even explain how perfect this jewelry is, i love it!

    xo, aiyanajane ||

  • Jen

    beautiful (and many expensive!) rings! love them all. Thank you for mentioning the Catbird website.. I’m in lust now with so many beautiful pieces. best,


  • Sound of Chic

    Actually, I like the paint splattered nails! I thought it was a new kind of polish!

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