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Collecting is a marathon, not a sprint.
I’m definitely a collector type and tend to approach fashion from a collector perspective. For instance, this necklace mix has been decades in the making. From the chain that hung on my dad’s neck the entirety of my childhood, to a piece that traveled halfway around the world thanks to an enterprising family member.
Here are my fine jewelry shopping tips: 1) Collect inspiration from designers and current trends. My current fave designers are Jennifer Fisher and Anine Bing. 2) Look for vintage pieces at places like Etsy, eBay, and vintage/flea markets. You can often find nicer quality materials for way less than new retail. 3) Get to know the new companies selling fine jewelry without the traditional markups. My current faves are Vrai & Oro and Kinn Studio 4) Utilize jewelry districts in big cities or while traveling abroad. Gold and silver is often sold by the weight and current stock price of the materials, avoiding retail markups.
Shirt –J.Crew “Boy Shirt” // size 00P
Thick Link Necklace – Foreign market (similar)(costume jewelry set)
Thin Link Necklace – Vintage (similar)(gold plated)
Thin Chain – Vintage (similar)
Lion Locket – Vintage (similar)