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The Brilliant Earth Jewelry Style Challenge

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As you may or may not recall, I lost my wedding ring back in August and had to get it replaced. When I started visiting jewelers I realized that engagement and wedding ring styles have changed a lot in the 10 years since I got married!  I had already decided just to get my original wedding ring recreated. If I had done it over from scratch I would have been completely overwhelmed! What would I have chosen??

Enter Brilliant Earth. Not only does Brilliant Earth deal in ethically sourced diamonds and engagement rings, they also have some beautiful non-diamond jewelry. They’ve also put together a style personality guide to help you when determining your own jewelry style or, you know, if any significant others in your life need some assistance.

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I loved this graphic and, based on it, I’m definitely the minimalist, no-nonsense elegant style.

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In fact, if I owned those pieces (and hint to people in my life: I do have a birthday next month), here’s how I’d wear them:

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You can find all of these jewelry items on the Brilliant Earth website and find out more about their passion for sourcing the most ethical and sustainable jewelry and their commitment to giving back 5% of their profit to those harmed by the diamond industry.

Which jewelry personality style are you?

 

Note: I have not been compensated for this post but I may get blog exposure if my post is chosen as one of the top style challenge posts.

Best Places to Buy Jewelry

Shopping

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Welcome to my jewelry stash! Would you believe that two years ago I wore the same earrings every day and only wore silver necklaces with small charms on them? Now look at this mess!

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Interestingly, I tend to buy jewelry from the same few places. So today I thought I’d share my favorite jewelry buying spots with you and a few places I bet you wouldn’t think to check.

JC Penney

My favorite floral statement necklace (on the far left in the photos above) is from JC Penney from their MixIt line. I’ve discovered that if you like J. Crew jewelry that JC Penney probably has something similar for much, much less. And since I refuse to pay a lot of money for trendy statement jewels, this is perfect.

The Limited

A ridiculous amount of my jewelry is from The Limited. But here’s the thing; their jewelry is totally overpriced for the quality. So never, ever buy anything full price. Wait for a 40% off sale or until you have a coupon and then grab the pieces you’ve been eyeing.

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New York & Company

Several of my go-to pieces, such as the teal crescent and the blue bubble-esque necklace in the center of the photos, are from New York & Company.  Much like The Limited, New York & Company has great sales (right now they are buy one get one free on all jewelry). They also have a good mix of trendy pieces and simpler items and almost everything is under $20.

House of Gemmes

My favorite black and silver bracelet is from House of Gemmes. It goes with everything and actually fits my doll wrists. However, most of their items will fit all sizes! They are slightly pricier than some of my other picks but you get a $15 coupon when you sign up for their email list. Plus, they have pretty good sales on a regular basis. And if you’re in Chicago you can go check them out in person on Saturday!

 

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JF&A Show

I’m a little hesitant to add this one because it’s really only valid for anyone who lives near Chicago. But, trust me, if you’re within a day’s drive and you LOVE accessories, this is your go-to event. Four times a year various vendors take over an area convention center and sell everything accessories related. I wrote about it when I went back in October but I still don’t think I gave you a good enough idea of how AWESOME this event is. Definitely sign up for their mailing list so you know when to mark your calendar.  My purple/gray bubble necklace, my rhinestone cluster necklace, my gray leather wrap bracelet and many, many more items that I wear regularly are from the JF&A Show. This is a must-see event for anyone interested in accessories.

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I do have jewelry from other places including etsy, Gorjana, Bauble Bar, and Macy’s but the five places listed above are my go-tos when I’m looking for  a new piece to add to my collection. Also, if you have an iPhone and you aren’t using Poshmark you need to get on that STAT. I’ve scored some killer jewelry deals via Poshmark (J. Crew necklaces and Stella & Dot earrings, to name two).  Use code HBAMM when you join and you’ll get $5 credit!

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Where is your favorite place to buy jewelry?

 

And don’t forget, if there’s something you want to see or a question you’ve been wanting to ask, I’ll happily tackle it on a future You Pick Wednesday! Just ask away!

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