When I was younger, I remember going to the mall to snag a set of rings, perfect sparkly gold with little flowers on them that had pink gems in the center, and for only $3! I proudly put them all on and went to school. By the end of the day, my fingers looked like they belonged to Frankenstein & two of the flowers had fallen off. Trash. Three dollars had felt like a good deal at the time, but the jewelry that lasts me through the seasons are always the pieces I invest more in. Real silver & gold that don't flake and wither away when I wear them in the shower or go out running.
Not only to quality pieces last longer, but they have a longer lasting effect on people. You know people that have that "signature piece" that they almost always wear? It could be a ruby earring, a chunky cuff from Thailand, or a simple gold chain necklace. Whatever it is, it completes whatever outfit they are wearing and is a reflection of their personality. My best friend never leaves the house without her arm full of bangles, and my sister has silver studs she keeps in her ears. Their pieces are present in all photos throughout the year and come to be a part of the memory.
So next time you think about throwing away loose change for an accessory that will last you half a day, instead think about investing in a piece that will brave your best and worst days with you. The necklace that you never unclasp, a bracelet that reminds you to stay true to yourself, or some earrings that may not go with everything but feel so completely you. It's a way to stay true to your own style, no matter what is trending.