Five and a half years ago my friend mentioned he was going to take a jewelry class at Silverworks, Glen Echo Park and would I be interested. I have a background in design, (Philadelphia College of Art) and I was extremely interested.
In my late seventies, I have found a hobby that will sustain me for many years. Silverworks is only ten minutes from my home and once you have taken classes, you can reserve time in the studio to work. Since the pandemic, Silverworks has been closed. I have set up a studio in my home and spend two to four hours working at this craft four to five times a week.
What I Make
Each piece is one of a kind and handmade. It is very gratifying to work and I have made many new friends with the same interest. I am so thankful to have found this creative outlet.
I believe strongly in having fun with your jewelry. Rings are an easy way to go a little bold without overpowering a look. Sometimes you want a statement piece and sometimes you want something simple. It all depends on what your mood is and where you are going.
It is up to you. A smart way to decide what to wear is figuring out how you want to present yourself. Your rings say a lot about your mood and how you want to be perceived. You should always feel comfortable in what you have on.
Here is a case where you can overpower your look. A necklace should be an accent. A too-bold neckless can be perceived as the main attraction and it can look like it is wearing you! That is not to say that there is a time and place where a bold necklace can enhance your total look without screaming “look at me”! It is all a question of balance.
Big hoops, small studs, earrings with movement and those that hang way down are all appropriate depending on the rest of your wardrobe and what you are going to do. Have you ever noticed a news caster with dangling earrings and your attention is drawn to the movement and not to what they are saying? A big, oversized pair of hoops may be fun for an evening out but not at the office. Whenever you are speaking to others, you want the attention to be on what you are saying and not on what you are wearing.
Now you can have some fun. Big and bold or small and simple are a matter of choice and should balance out what other jewelry you have on. The one rule I suggest, quiet jewelry. A wrist of noisy bangles is not only distracting to you but to those around you.
Always look at the whole picture. Does something jump out and make visual noise or do you see the whole person you want to see. There are no set rules, just enjoy what you wear!