I’ve said it before, a woman can never have too much jewelry. Well some women anyway. And I’m one who’s addicted to jewelry. Every time I buy I say it’s my retirement. Well if I can ever part with it.
But after last year’s fire in Yarnell when I lost a shed full of ‘stuff’ including some jewelry I just wasn’t in the mode, or financial place, to buy more. Thank goodness most of my collection was safely in the RV at the North Rim.
This year seems to have changed that for me and some delightful pieces have come my way.
I am especially addicted to Native American jewelry, silver and turquoise specifically. On the way to training on the South Rim we stopped for lunch at the Cameron Trading Post. They carry every kind of native art imaginable, rugs, pottery, paintings and of course jewelry. Plus they always have a case of two full of ‘pawn’ jewelry, my real weakness. Although I already own a couple of Zuni petit-point cuffs they are difficult to find that will fit my skinny wrist. And this one is a perfect fit.
Plus they had another cuff that is the twin to one I recently lost.
Even in South Africa I bought a few items. But mostly because the few pieces I had along were stolen in my bathroom bag. Including a cuff like the one above and a sweet old round petit-point pendant.
Coming home yesterday I just had to stop at Jacob Lake Inn, a most favorite for it’s home-made cookies, milkshakes, and Native jewelry. My eye is immediately drawn to the pawn tags and I recognize a piece that’s been there for a while, a petit-point broche with the pin part broken off. Suddenly I see the answer to wear this as a pendant by hooking a chain on the rings that are still soldered to the back. And so it is added to my collection.
But I don’t wear it all as I collect and create jewelry and have enough to open a store. The bottom of this display case is lined with sterling silver rings of various sizes, mostly used as is the rest of the chains, pendants and watches.
I haven’t really made anything much since I started blogging. Now I just own a lot of marvelous semi-precious stone beads, glass seed beads, cabochons and rocks, plus all the findings and such to go with this craft including sterling silver wire for wrapping.
OK, so I’m addicted to jewelry. It could be worse. How about you? What are your addictions?
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