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DYDT: Jewelry Wearing

I don’t have my ears pierced.  The reaction that statement usually receives makes me feel as if I am the only 30-something on the planet who has never had a hole in her earlobe.  A few times someone has been talking to me, and they pause from what they’re saying to squint at my earlobes and ask apropos of nothing, “do you not have your ears pierced?”  Why, no, I don’t.

On numerous occasions, I have received earrings as a gift, which makes for a very embarrassing situation when the person hands me the wrapped box, gazing at my ears perhaps to see what I’m wearing in the moment, and then realizes in horror that they’ve gotten me the most useless present ever.

I’m not a fan of bracelets.  I can obviously wear them, but I prefer not to.  I don’t like anything around my wrist.  For a long time, I wore a watch on my right wrist because my mother got it for me and I liked to look down at it and think of my mother.  The watch broke last year, and I decided that I didn’t want to replace it.

But necklaces and rings?  I wear those every day.

For the last few months, I’ve worn the typewriter key necklace Josh bought me just because.

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On my left hand, I always wear my engagement ring and wedding band.  On my right hand, I wear another ring — one that I switch from time to time.  I’m currently wearing “mischief.”

Though I take off all my rings in order to write.  I don’t like to type wearing rings.

What jewelry do you wear daily?  What jewelry do you not like (or can’t) wear?

Dedicating this question to Persnickety Chickadee.

42 comments

1 Tiara { 04.18.13 at 7:58 am }

I love jewelry…I was once told it was a Libra thing…I don’t know about that I have always loved it. My daily staples are my keeper hoop earrings, a necklace (currently a locket, my 1st Mother’s Day gift). I have purchase all the rings I regularly wear & all of them represent an independence I gained or lesson learned at various times in my life. I have a thumb ring I wear on my left hand I bought in Mexico. I wear 2 rings on my right hand ring finger, one I purchased in Ireland & has a Celtic design to represent Hope; the other I purchased in Prague & has a half empty/half full symbolism type design. I have a few other rings that are more for fancy wear that were gifts/family heirlooms. I have some bracelets but I only wear them to to dress up, I can’t wear them just day to day. I use to wear toe rings in the summer, anklets…I use to love all that stuff!

2 Catwoman73 { 04.18.13 at 8:15 am }

I only wear my wedding band, engagement ring, and a pair of very tiny diamond studs every day. I work in a hospital, and very minimal jewelry is permitted because of infection control. If I wore anything more than that on my days off, I’m sure it would all end up broken- my daughter is jewelry obsessed, and is constantly pulling on other people’s necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She’s much more of a girly-girl than I am!

3 a { 04.18.13 at 8:24 am }

I can’t really wear rings any more – my fingers swell at different points of the day, so wearing my rings cuts off my circulation. However, I did take a ring from my mom’s house, and have been wearing it (because it’s big enough to not bother me). After my dad died, she had the diamonds from her wedding and engagement rings reset, and the (white) gold from the old rings was made into a simple twisted band. I don’t think my sisters were aware of what it was, and when I told them, they seemed uninterested, but it’s meaningful to me.

Other than that, I wear earrings all the time. I used to wear necklaces and bracelets and a watch too, but I gave up on those when my daughter was an infant. Too much time spent trying to protect myself or her or the jewelry. Now I will wear a necklace when I’m getting dressed up, but I don’t wear any of my bracelets any more. Maybe I’ll start again.

4 Pepper { 04.18.13 at 8:28 am }

I wear my wedding and engagement rings whenever I leave the house or when I have company at my house but not otherwise because I have really sensitive skin and anything touching it tightly for a long period of time is an issue. I have my ears pierced and pre-child wore earrings every day, usually my only really nice pair which were beautiful diamonds from my husband. But it just became too much work once I was exhausted all the time. When we get dressed up (anything besides pjs for going anywhere but errands), I have 2 necklaces I rotate between – a heavy circle with my daughter’s name on it, a gift from my husband, or a tiny bird’s nest with one pearl, also for my daughter. I have a charm bracelet my parents gave me last year and I wear that when I try to look nice, too. Everything else just seems like too much effort. And I immediately have to take it all off when I get home from wherever we went “dressed up.” I love to look at jewelry and covet it, though. I frequently wish I had nice things, or even just fun things (I’m not all about the expensive stuff, obviously) to wear but then I remember that I wouldn’t wear them… It’s the idea of jewelry I like more than the execution.

People’s reactions to your ears not being pierced reminds me of what happens when I pull out my cell phone – not a smartphone, gasp! – and many people act as though I am the only person on the earth without one. It’s funny what people just assume is universal. FYI – I know plenty of people without pierced ears.

5 A.M.S. { 04.18.13 at 8:33 am }

My jewelry wearing goes in phases. Sometimes I go for weeks or months without wearing any. I didn’t wear earrings for years, although I got my ears pierced when I was 16 (and got a second set of holes when I was 28). Currently, though, I’m in a jewelry phase, helped by the fact that Olivia Moonpie no longer yanks on every necklace and earring. I wear a single set of earrings, my nose stud or hoop, the necklace I had made with the twins’ names, my wedding band and the bracelet that matches it. Then, some days I like to pile on a few of my cheap sterling silver rings. I need to get one of my ear piercings redone, then I want to find some simple studs to keep in them. I need to get my engagement ring resized because it will no longer fit over my knuckles, but when it did fit, I wore it on my right hand since we didn’t get a wedding set (and the story of our wedding bands is an interesting one that ends with…so it turns out they are actually sterling silver, not the white gold we paid for, so the gallery employee scammed us on our wedding rings!!)

6 Jen { 04.18.13 at 8:49 am }

I love how your questions make me think about things I do without realising why!

My wedding ring is my only ‘every day’ item. I wear a watch when I’m working. My engagement ring when I go to weddings or it’s a special anniversary. And a silver necklace given to me for being my best friend’s bridesmaid on celebration days.

7 loribeth { 04.18.13 at 8:50 am }

Oh, I have a funny story about getting my ears pierced. Growing up in small towns in the 1960s & 1970s, I knew very few people before about 1975 who had their ears pierced. The ones who did were generally the school tramps (stereotypes, I know…). In the summer of 1974, we moved to a larger town (i.e., 12,000 people vs 1,000 people) closer to the city. This was right at the same time that pierced ears were really taking off. And my 12-year-old sister decided she wanted hers done. I threw a FIT. I was already full of anxiety about the move and the bad influence of the big bad city, and here was my sister, wanting to look like a tramp.

Of course, before long, everyone was getting their ears pierced — including my mother AND even my grandmother. And I started thinking that maybe I might want to have mine done too. But I could never admit it after the fuss I had made. So I waited until I turned 18 & didn’t need my parents’ permission anymore — and the next time we were in the city, immediately after my birthday, I went to the jewelry counter at Eatons (they did them there back then) & had mine done. ;)

My best friends’ dad was adamantly opposed to ear piercing — and I’m not sure they ever did get theirs done. I remember he always said, “Sure, & why not get your nose pierced too while you’re at it?” He was being sarcastic — NOBODY had their nose pierced back then — it was something we’d see in magazine photos from India. Who knew back then that nose piercing would become common among a whole new generation of teenagers??

Aside from earrings (and I have tons of them — mostly just cheap costume stuff), I wear my wedding, engagement & anniversary rings every day. Bracelets occasionally (I have a lovely one from Pandora that my nephews gave me for my 50th birthday). I like necklaces, but I don’t wear them as much as used to, because I find they irritate the skin on my neck, at least the shorter length ones. :p

8 Chickenpig { 04.18.13 at 9:08 am }

I have my ears pierced and I have many pairs of earings, but I rarely wear them. I also have many nice bracelets, many of which I have inherited or been given as a gift by a loved one, but I can’t stand to wear them except the rare times when I’m dressed up but don’t have to do anything with my hands. I wear necklaces often, I wear my wedding ring and engagement ring, and like you I switch the ring on my right hand. Right now I’m wearing a saphire and diamond ring that was an anniversary gift. I also have a beautiful aqua marine with diamonds and a diamond anniversary band I received for out 10th anniversary.

9 Chickenpig { 04.18.13 at 9:13 am }

PS I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was about 21 and everyone thought I was weird. Around here (North Eastern CT) parents get their daughters ears pierced at birth (I think it may be a French Canadian thing, I don’t know.) This means that most of the girls in my daughter’s pre school class are already wearing earrings. Which of course means that my daughter has already been asking for pierced ears. Bleh!

10 LC { 04.18.13 at 9:58 am }

My ears used to be pierced, but I never bother to wear earrings. This means they’re no longer pierced. I wear a necklace every day and usually my engagement ring. When I lose the extra weight, I’ll be able to wear the wedding ring again…. When I dress up, I add a bracelet my husband got me. I really like bracelets, but I’m fairly hard on them. My girly isn’t too into jewelry and hasn’t tugged on my necklaces much (touch wood).

11 Kasey { 04.18.13 at 10:01 am }

I love jewelery, but I have my own rules about how I wear it. I generally won’t wear bracelets AND a necklace I have to choose. I always wear a watch. I have lots of earrings, and double pierced ears, but it’s been years since I’ve used the second holes. Unless it’s a special occasion I wear the same silver earrings every day. I can’t type with anything on my hands or arms, so occasionally I forget to put on my wedding and engagement rings when I go out. My new thing is to layer necklaces that don’t quite match. I want to like to wear other rings, but don’t like how big ones feel or how small ones look. Someday I may get beyond this.

12 Wolfers { 04.18.13 at 10:12 am }

I wear my tattoos as my permanent jewelry. :)

if I must wear jewerly, it’d be my beaded bracelets. I don’t like watches- making me feel like a slave to time. I occasionally wear earrings, if needed for business meetings (presentations). Like I said, my tattoos are my jewelry. :)

13 Brianna { 04.18.13 at 10:20 am }

When I was younger, it was rings, rings and ring. I wore 9 rings on 8 of my fingers/thumbs. Since I met my husband, I only wear one ring, engagement ring & wedding band. He’s told me that when he holds my hand he wants to hold my hand, not a bunch of metal, so the rings went away. Also starting when I was young was earrings. I first got my ears pierced when I was 10. It was a Christmas gift from my older sister who worked really hard (convincing my mom and talking with my pediatrician) to be able to give me the gift, as I’m Type 1 diabetic. I now currently have 8 holes in my ears (3.5 sets in my lobs and one in my upper cartilage). I used to just wear whatever earrings in my ears, but now almost all of my earrings have significance. My first set is a pair of rubies, for my twins who where born/died in July 2009. My second set is green garnet/peridot set for my second pregnancy with one twin dying in January and our rainbow being born in August. My third set is pears, my husband’s birthstone. The .5 set is a diamond that is part of a set given to me by may dad when I graduated college. I also wear three bracelets and one necklace. The necklase is a “Circle of Love” with 4 of the diamonds replaced with our 4 kids’ birthstones. One bracelet was a gift of a different sister with Oscar’s and Bella’s names engraved on it; she gave it to me the day before their memorial service. One bracelet is a pandora bracelt that I am slowly filling with charms and beads that have significance to me. The third bracelet is my medical bracelet notifying anyone that I’m diabetic. Some days, depending on what the activities are, I may not wear my memorial bracelets or necklace, but my earrings only ever come out to be cleaned.

14 loribeth { 04.18.13 at 10:53 am }

Speaking of rings reminds me that my grandmother gave me three rings on my “golden” (12th — I was born on Jan. 12th) birthday. One was a gold band that an old boyfriend (not my grandfather ;) ) had given her, one was her birthstone (emerald — not sure if it was real) from her parents, and one was her class ring (1934). I wore all three constantly, right up until I got engaged & married.

I still have the gold band, but it’s pretty beaten up. My sister somehow got the emerald but doesn’t know where it is anymore. :p I had always hoped to give the class ring to my own daughter, but when it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen, I decided to give it to my cousin’s daughter (my grandparents’ oldest great-grandchild) when she was graduating from high school in 2005. She was old enough to remember my grandparents — they adored her & I knew Grandma would approve. I wrote her a note in the accompanying card explaining the ring’s significance & my hope that she would someday give it to her own little girl. It was really, really hard for me to let that go — because it was early in our decision to remain childless/free and it was an admission to myself that I was not going to have my own children to pass these things along to. But I felt like it was the right thing to do. I took a photo of it (which is sadly blurry) and kissed it before I wrapped it up and I gave it to my uncle (her grandfather) to give to her.

And I have not heard a thing about it since then. No thank you note, nothing. It still bothers me. :(

When my other cousin’s daughter graduated a few years back, I sent her a string of pearls that Grandma had given me, and that I’d worn on my wedding day. She did send me a lovely thank you note. :) I guess I know who I’m going to leave some of my other Grandma stuff to. ;)

15 KeAnne { 04.18.13 at 11:12 am }

I always wear my wedding band and engagement ring. I used to wear other rings occasionally on my right hand, but when my husband gave me diamond anniversary band for our 10th, I now wear it on my right hand. I’ve always had a thing about wearing rings on more than one finger, so I don’t wear my other rings any longer.

If I’m going to work, I will almost always wear a necklace and earrings. I have a few bracelets, but I seldom wear them. One of them is very impractical: it’s an amethyst bracelet set in rose gold that was cut down from a necklace. I bought it when I worked at a jewelry store in college. It fits a small wrist, but the amethysts are the size of lozenges, so it doesn’t look right on a petite frame but is too small for most larger ones…except my wrist :-)

16 Kimberly { 04.18.13 at 11:50 am }

I had my ears pierced as a child but apparently screamed bloody murder every time my mom tried to take care of them. So eventually she broke down and took out my earrings and let the holes in my ears close over. I never had an itch to have them pierced until I was in my early 20’s. Now I wear them all the time.

The only other jewelry I wear regularly is my wedding band and engagement ring. And honestly, most times I forget to wear them. I bake a lot so I always take them off and put them in the same place. I will sometimes leave them there for weeks at a time. Then I find myself missing my rings and I’ll wear them for a stretch again. Otherwise I don’t wear any other jewelry unless its for a special occasion or I’m dressing up for something.

17 Alexicographer { 04.18.13 at 12:18 pm }

@Loribeth, apparently getting one’s ears pierced was something “nice girls” didn’t do in my mother’s worldview, also (neither did they wear anklets or do any of a host of other wicked things). She eventually eschewed this and got hers pierced shortly before her 50th birthday — she was going to wait until her 50th birthday and then had a “what the heck” moment.

I do not now, nor have I ever (so far) had any part of me pierced.

I always wear my wedding band (no engagement ring). I often wear a ring that represents my mother’s family. I quit wearing a watch when my son was born as the metal watchband I had on mine seemed likely to scratch/pinch him and have never resumed wearing mine. Now that I carry a cellphone and it tells time, I don’t really feel I need one.

Other than that, I add decorative pieces (necklaces, bracelets) from time to time, but not frequently.

18 Ana { 04.18.13 at 12:38 pm }

I had my ears pierced as a baby. Cultural thing. They were crooked though, so I had one side re-done as a pre-teen. I go through phases with jewelery; currently in a no-jewelery phase. I can’t wear bracelets or big rings (except my small & dainty wedding ring & band) at work. I can’t wear necklaces now because my 18 month old pulls & chews on them—same with dangly earrings. Actually I have very petite wrists and fingers—it is hard to find statement rings that don’t fall off and I have to get bracelets fitted, too, so I can’t really buy fun hand/wrist jewelery. Ideally, I would wear big dangly earrings and an understated necklace most days, but I can’t seem to get it together to do that in the mornings!

19 Justine { 04.18.13 at 1:02 pm }

I had my ears pierced as a baby, too … I bet for the same reasons Ana did. And I occasionally wear dangly odd-shaped small beads in them, always some natural color, sometimes with black specks. Hardly ever gold, unless I’m going to a fancy event (like, once a year).

I don’t wear many necklaces, either, but the ones I do wear are the typewriter sort, or recycled jewelry, small pendants on leather cords.

I wear my wedding ring, but no other rings. I used to wear my engagement ring, and when the diamond fell out, I took it off and put it on the dresser, torturing myself for months looking at the place where the solitaire used to be and wondering how I’d done such a careless thing. :P

But in general, I’m not a jewelry person. Or a makeup person. Which seems to place me solidly in the female minority …

20 Another Dreamer { 04.18.13 at 1:09 pm }

I had my ears pierced as a child, and I thought it would hurt changing them. So my sister decided to change them when I was sleeping… I woke up, in terror, and they never went back in. For my 18th birthday my sister took me to get my ears pierced… I got my tongue done months before, so the ears didn’t seem like a big deal anymore. Ha.

I don’t wear any jewelry on a daily basis. I used to wear all sorts of rings, bracelets, and necklaces even if I wasn’t going to leave the house. Now that I’m older I just don’t bother. My son likes to tug on them. Jewelry also gets caught on stuff- I have a fair amount of trouble with that, always getting caught on my hair or my clothes, or a bag, etc…

I do put on earrings when I go out (or once a week… sometimes my holes start to close back up, because I go so long without wearing them). I will put on a necklace too, on occasion. I have to remind myself to wear my faux wedding ring, because I never wear it at home. We didn’t have a ring ceremony, so we didn’t exchange rings- we bought placeholders though. I forget about it sometimes, then feel naked… but it isn’t a big a deal for us, not like it is for other people, so I don’t know why I’m so self conscious about it anyway.

21 Ann Z { 04.18.13 at 2:20 pm }

I remember getting my ears pierced in 5th grade. My mom had just gotten hers pierced a few years earlier. My parents and my friends’ parents all got together and decided that 5th grade was old enough, so we went together and got them pierced. I now have 3 piercings in each ear, but I very rarely wear earrings anymore. When I do, it’s because I’m dressing up for a special occasion, and then my ears ache for the next couple of days, so it doesn’t seem worth it.

When I was a senior in high school, I was an exchange student in Germany, and all of a sudden discovered street vendors who sold fabulous silver earrings and rings. I bought so many earrings, never in pairs and always wore mismatched earrings and had a rotating set of 12 or so rings. Now, I pretty much only wear my engagement and wedding rings. I have a few necklaces and bracelets I like, but I usually forget to wear them. I’m not a morning person, so anything that adds time to my routine – like choosing jewelry – gets dropped in favor of an extra 5 minutes of sleep. I’d like to get a new watch and get back to wearing a watch. I hate having to pull out my phone to see what time it is.

22 Blanche { 04.18.13 at 2:39 pm }

Between being lazy and having an allergy to most metals (excluding gold, platinum, & good silver) I generally just wear the same things day after day. That includes my engagement & wedding rings (when I was pregnant I had to drop to just my wedding band & tried to keep it that way, but DH got upset thinking I didn’t like the engagement ring any more so I started wearing it again) & a pair of diamond studs DH got me for Valentine’s Day one year.

I recently purchased a rubber bracelet with a tiny tiny diamond inset so I’ve enjoyed wearing that casually since there are no worries about bumping it or getting it caught on things.

On the rare occasions we go out dressy, I do add a necklace and a right hand ring, usually one I was given by my grandmother or liberated from my mom’s jewelry box years ago, and sometimes change my earrings (but that usually means I end up playing with them because they feel so different from normal).

23 Turia { 04.18.13 at 2:41 pm }

I had my ears pierced on a band trip in high school (and that was pretty much the extent of my teenage rebellious phase). I wore studs for a year or so, but then just stopped, and haven’t worn earrings since, so I guess my ears probably no longer qualify as pierced. I wear my wedding ring all the time, a watch when I’m working, and my engagement ring on special occasions. Sometimes a necklace, but otherwise nothing. I’m not really an accessories kind of gal.

24 JustHeather { 04.18.13 at 3:07 pm }

I used to wear more jewelry when I was younger, but these days I have my staples and that is what I wear. My ears are pierced several times in each lobe, those never come out. My nose and tongue are also pierced and they never come out either. I actually feel quite naked if I do happen to take either of them out. Without my nose ring, I do double takes of myself in the mirror. I am not me without my nose piercing. I’ve had it for more than half my life.

These days, the rest of my jewelry is in the form of rings. Each one has a story. On each hand on the middle finger, I have a small thin silver ring, they never come off. The rest of my rings come of while at home, but go on as soon as I get ready to leave the house (ok, so now that I have a little one, I’m a bit lazy about this at times). The left hand has my wedding ring (no engagement) and then a 2nd ring goes on my middle finger. On the right hand I have the same set-up as the left hand, just different types of rings. So, 3 rings on each hand.

25 JustHeather { 04.18.13 at 3:11 pm }

I forgot that I have a watch too. I also feel naked without it. Have to have my watch on!!

26 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.18.13 at 3:45 pm }

Rings and earrings are usually on me. My anniversary ring on my L and my engagement/wedding rings on my R. I’ve just added in a ring my mom gave me, too (http://lavenderluz.com/2013/03/perfect-moment-monday-tao-ring.html)

When I gussy up, I’ll also put on a necklace and possibly a bracelet. I have one I really like to wear at times when I need a virtual girlfriend with me ;-)

27 Ellen { 04.18.13 at 4:11 pm }

I don’t often wear earrings. I had my ears pierced twice as a child — the first time when I was 7 or 8; they got infected despite all the precautions, and I let them close up. Then I got them pierced again at age 13. The teenaged salesgirl at Claire’s did a lousy job; one hole is too low, and my earlobes are already very thin (mom’s are the same way — she can’t wear anything heavier than pearl studs). So I really can’t wear anything heavier than simple studs. No hoops, ever — my earlobes get too sore and the sagging on that one ear lobe freaks me out after even just a couple of hours. I am fond of a pair of peacock feather earrings I bought last year. At least feathers don’t hurt my ears!

By the way, I have two or three friends in their mid-30s who don’t have their ears pierced.

I’m not really into jewelry at all, except for necklaces. I like necklaces a lot, but my skin reacts quickly to poor-quality materials. A leather or plastic cord is my favorite kind. I have a platinum and diamond band that was my engagement ring and wedding ring in one — my choice. I don’t like raised settings like solitaires that can twist or brush against my other fingers. I wear my wedding ring when I leave the house and occasionally at home. I’ve never slept in it. I used to wear a watch all the time, but I’ve grown less preoccupied with being on time since the girls’ birth. I have cankles, so I don’t like anklets, and I’m not much for bracelets (large wrists as well).

28 Rebecca { 04.18.13 at 5:38 pm }

I have many holes in my ears – three in each lobe, three in the cartilage of my left ear, and a conch piercing in my right ear (google it). I have my nose pierced. I take the bottom pair of lobe earrings out and swap them around according to my outfit, but the rest stay where they are 100% of the time. I’ve had to get a new barbell recently because I lost one of the balls from it.

I also always wear my wedding ring.

If I’m going out I wear my engagement ring, another ring on my right ring finger, a necklace, earrings, and sometimes a bracelet. If I’m in the house I just have my permanent earrings and my wedding ring.

29 persnickety { 04.18.13 at 6:39 pm }

I come from a non-jewelry wearing family- my mum to this day rarely wears her wedding/engagement rings and the fight I had to get my ears pierced! My mother, sister and sister in law all have non-pierced ears, and I receive earrings as gifts only from my father and now my brother/SIL (and my husband).
My husband finds this non obsession really strange- his family do the jewelry thing.
I have adjusted to my wedding and engagement rings (although it was an adjustment) and go through phases of other stuff- necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I have a huge pile of (mostly costume) jewelry and have started wearing brooches more recently. necklaces have to have a strong chain- I use that as a worry tool.

30 Guera { 04.18.13 at 8:13 pm }

I never had my ears pierced as a child and I used to get those same “useless” gifts. When I was 30 I gave myself the birthday present of having them pierced. Once my daughter was born I put in the gold studs they used to pierce them and I haven’t taken them out since. It’s been over two years.
I wear a Pandora bracelet with just two charms on it and my wedding band every day.

31 Katherine A { 04.18.13 at 9:01 pm }

I do have my ears pierced, but I know quite a few women who don’t and are in their 30s and beyond. I wear earrings on my days off, usually either small studs or a pair of teardrop shaped quartz briolettes.

As far as jewelry, I always have on my very plain gold wedding band – my husband bought it for me when I started nursing school because we couldn’t have bands/engagement rings that had stones for infection control reasons. I was a little weepy one afternoon because I was very stressed over school and on top of that, my finger felt “naked” without my rings. So husband found a basic, not too expensive gold band that fit the school rules, and I’ve worn that one ever since. The “real” rings make it out every once in a while, but the plain band is much easier at work and to clean properly.

I wear a silver necklace with a leaf cut-out over an Emily Dickinson quote on the pendant quite a bit, or sometimes my antique art deco pendant. I also have a tear-drop shaped garnet from the Czech Republic that I wear often.

32 Mali { 04.18.13 at 10:25 pm }

Another interesting question. I used to have my hair very short, and so wore ear-rings every day. I don’t do that as often now, though I do when I tie my hair up. I still tend to put on ear-rings almost every time I leave the house, and I like wearing necklaces. I have a modern ring that was made to my design to replace my wedding band (either my fingers grew or it shrunk in the wash), and wear that most days. I don’t have small, delicate fingers or wrists, so I don’t wear a lot of rings and very rarely a bracelet.

I’m not big on diamonds/precious stones – I’ve always viewed a diamond as a useless alternative to a trip somewhere exotic!

33 Brid { 04.19.13 at 12:20 am }

Fun!
I love bracelets and my awesome Tissot, but I can’t wear them when I’m typing. I always wear my engagement and wedding rings (even when I’m doing the dishes or in the shower or whatever, which neither my Mum nor my sister do, weirdos). I have tonnes of great earrings, but when I was young, I ripped one of the holes at gymnastics, so it looks bad. Leaves me wearing little diamond studs. Love tonnes of wooden beads or long silvery chains.
My favourite right now is an unbelievably simple and tiny silver band I wear on my right hand middle finger. I think it’s mysterious! Everyone wears pretty things and whatnot, but a teeny, plain little beat-up band begs the question: what’s the story behind that weird little ring?

34 Siochana { 04.19.13 at 12:23 am }

I wear wedding ring/engagement band on the left hand, and my grad ring on my right hand. I had my ears pierced at age 30 for my wedding. So I often wear earrings (but not always). Studs during the week and maybe something more dangly on the weekend.
I don’t particularly like bracelets.
I sometimes wear necklaces. My favourites are the ones that fit fairly snug around the neck so they don’t get in the way of my clothes or dangle when I move.
In general I am not a “futzy” woman so I like to have a smart outfit and one or two pieces of jewelry to accent.

35 Stinky { 04.19.13 at 12:34 am }

Ears pierced here. It was cutomary in our house, as a female offspring, to pester our parents to (a) be able to get our ears pierced (“Not till you’re 18, then you can put as many holes in your body as you want”) and (b) be able to get a perm (“not till you’re 14″ – not sure why the age limit on this one).
I was allowed to get my ears pierced 6 weeks before my 16th birthday so I could wear earrings as a bridesmaid at my sisters wedding (apparently that was the reason). I loved the dangly earrings around that age, bit of a hippy. I got the left one pierced a second time when I was about 18, the cuff pierced at about 19, and my tragus done at about 21. I’ve never taken the tragus out (flat-back stud) and have always kept a spiky hoop in the cuff; the bottom 3 holes have varied between not really wearing anything and mainly leaving sleeper rings in for months/years on end. The 2nd hole I can’t (currently) get anything in.
Got my belly button pierced when I was 18 (true to the ‘put whatever holes in your body you want then’ or, as my mum called it “the HEIGHT of STUPIDITY!” but it never really healed properly and had to take it out. Belly isn’t really the part of my body I put on display, anyway!

Used to wear jewellery much more, Mr Stinky and I used to wear rings on our ‘marriage’ fingers, but I stopped wearing rings a few years back (mainly when making art/swimming/doing circus classes) and haven’t worn chains or bracelets in donkey’s years – I just don’t think about it (I like scarves, if I want something round my neck! and hairbands around my wrist, for laziness)

Guess I’m low maintenance in that I will never ask for or expect to be kept in expensive jewellery – not arsed about gold or diamonds (I like silver, aesthetically). If I had a wedding ring, or engagement ring (or both) I would probably have lost them by now – could do without that guilt! I do quite like quirky jewellery even if I don’t wear it – I have 2 matchsticks earrings I got from a jewellery fair – one with a copper tip and the other ‘used’ (made out of metal), I like stuff that’s well-crafted yet unique – bogstandard highstreet jewellery bores me

36 FrozenOJ { 04.19.13 at 2:04 am }

I’m 25 and also have never had my ears pierced. I think of getting it done sometimes as I think it would be nice to wear earrings occasionally, but I always decide against it. My mother can only wear 14k gold or her ears turn green or something like that and I’m afraid of that happening to me too. I already share her inability to wear watches (our blood kills the battery).

I can’t wear rings because I have eczema on my hands and rings irritate it. I will sometimes wear my wedding band for special occasions. I like bracelets fine but don’t usually bother putting one on. I’ll wear one a few times a month normally. I got a necklace after my miscarriage that I wear every day. Sometimes I will pair it with another one. Necklaces are definitely my favorite (which is why I got one instead of a bracelet or something).

37 Denver Laura { 04.19.13 at 10:02 am }

I wear only a wedding band and occasionally a necklace. My mom pressured me into getting my ears pierced at 10, and I wore some fantastic earrings after that. In college, I started having problems so I switched to silver, gold, hypoallergenic – nothing prevented the massive amount of pain in my lobes. So I stopped wearing earring for a few years. I thought they had closed up and again tried to wear earrings but I couldn’t stand it for more than 30 minutes.

My SIL made jewelry, including earrings for her bridesmaids. I had to let her know that I needed clips. She gladly revised them and made some beautiful dangles but it was a bit akward to explain that although I have my ears pierced, I don’t wear earrings.

38 LN { 04.19.13 at 1:04 pm }

I always wear earrings. They usually match my clothes. I always wear a watch. I often wear a necklace, and I sometimes wear a bracelet. I always wear my engagement ring and wedding ring, and I rarely wear other rings, but sometimes I do.

I’m a big fan of jewelry.

39 Betty M { 04.19.13 at 3:54 pm }

I always wear 5 gold bangles – 2 from my parents and 3 for each of my kids., my wedding band and engagement ring, a gold chIn with a religious emblem from my grandfather (although it isn’t for a religion i follow -we have 3 religions in our family and I follow none) and a watch my husband gave me for my 40th. All together it’s my running away money! I have my ears pierced but rarely wear earrings even though I have been given some beautiful ones.

40 Battynurse { 04.21.13 at 1:54 am }

I wear earrings daily, some of my simple wire hoops I never really take out. I have 4 piercings on my right ear and 2 on my left. I like rings and bracelets but don’t wear them often. I can’t wear them at work and unless I’m going somewhere and dressing up a bit I don’t think of it. I’ve also acquired a few necklaces in the last 5 years or so and will wear those on occasion but again not often. I hate wearing watches, especially at work. They always make my wrist break out.

41 Battynurse { 04.21.13 at 1:55 am }

Oh I forgot to say my mom never had her ears pierced but had a pretty extensive collection of clip on earrings.

42 magpie { 04.25.13 at 1:27 pm }

i wear a wedding ring, always – i only take it off sometimes in the kitchen, like if i’m making pie crust. and usually a bracelet and earrings. and i really really want a necklace with a typewriter key M on it. :)

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