24/7 jewelry

In a previous column on time-saving, I mentioned the concept of wearing certain jewelry pieces every day, all the time.

In addition to sparing valuable minutes each day figuring out what shiny baubles complement your outfit, wearing 24/7 jewelry saves money and resources.

It is better for the environment because it forces you to be more careful about purchases and not buy cheap trend jewels. And therefore over the long run saves your budget.

In my trial and error to find the perfect ensemble of 24/7 jewelry, I’ve discovered:

  • A pendant with a central piece that is anchored by the chain on either side avoids the pet peeve of the clasp always sliding to the bottom.
  • Thinner rings are more comfortable to wear 24/7 than thick solid bands.
  • Any jewelry with curlicues and sharp prongs will forever be getting caught on fabric and your hair.
  • Chain bracelets are much easier to wear than heavy solid bangles.
  • Small closed hoop huggies and flat-back studs, available at body piercing shops, are totally comfortable to sleep in.
  • Silver can be a great alternative to gold and platinum as long as it is of good quality. Fine silver as created by Little Jems (described below) and rhodium-plated sterling by brands such as Tacori and Tiffany rarely have tarnishing issues. 
  • Gems higher on the Mohs hardness scale are more durable for every-day wear. Lab-created gems can be just as hard as mined ones and offer an affordable alternative.

Currently I wear tiny, rose-gold huggies, a name necklace in white gold, a silver bead bracelet, my wedding ring set, and a simple solitaire on my right hand. None of these items ever get taken off except for cleaning.

If you’re thinking of investing in a necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet for 24/7 wear, there are excellent local jewellers for you to shop.

Leisa Williams is the creator of Little Jems jewelry, named after her beloved daughter born prematurely eight years ago.

Williams employs a newer method of metal-smithing using clay embedded with recycled silver. After firing, the organic clay is burned off leaving 99.9 percent fine silver.

This means Little Jems silver content is even higher than 925 sterling and therefore almost completely tarnish-proof.

Williams creates necklaces, earrings and rings inspired by nature, and is also experimenting with bronze amulets. Shop her creations at littlejems.ca and feel free to contact her directly with custom ideas.

If you like delicate styles in a variety of precious metals, the Canadian Jewelry Exchange, or CJEX, is a must-visit. Store manager Dilpreet Deu suggests women come in to try on their extensive range of designer and estate jewelry.

“Every day people come with Pinterest images of what they think they want, but once they try it on it can look completely different,” Deu explains.

She says the hot trends right now are for layering of dainty pieces, mixing metals, geometric shapes, and unusual elongated stone cuts.

CJEX carries the Tacori line, which Deu describes as “heirloom meets contemporary." Tacori creates styles in a variety of metals and gems so people can create an ensemble that coordinates without looking too matchy-matchy.

The store also has a great selection of stacker rings in a variety of metals by designer Noam Carver. His matte-rose-gold-pyramid band is beautiful — just the kind of simple yet unique piece perfect for everyday wear.

While I’m happy with my current jewelry ensemble, I think I’m going to have to go back to CJEX to try it on. After all, 24/7 doesn’t mean forever.


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Marla is best known for her 19-year career in the local charitable sector as a fund development and marketing manager with the Okanagan Regional Library, United Way, UBC Okanagan, and Kelowna Community Resources. 

In 2014, Marla and her husband decided to take a break from the work world, and, four years, later they are still enjoying Okanagan summers, winters in Mexico, and extensive travel. 

Marla has had a life-long passion for fashion, designing her own graduation dress and formal gown for the 1990 Miss Interior competition before age 20.

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