Timeless Jewellery with Michael Hill
Some of you may not know this, but I turn twenty-five this year.
T W E N T Y – F I V E .
Let’s allow that to sink in for a little while.
That’s old, guys. That’s real old.
See, I’m not opposed to being twenty-five, I’m really not (except for the fact that it’s starting to show on my skin – help!) The problem that exists is that in my mind I still think I’m seventeen.
‘Oh, don’t we all!’ I hear you say, but no – I’m serious. It’s a problem.
I still think I’m seventeen, which means that I often look at high school students and feel at home among them… until I realise that the looks on their faces are actually sheer horror at the old lady trying to fit in with them. I’m so tired of embarrassing myself!
I’ve decided that, to stop making a fool of myself in every situation by acting EIGHT YEARS my junior, it’s time to bring an element of sophistication, maturity and elegance to my life.
Gone are the days of cheap perfumes and no neck cream, and gone are the days of heart shaped earrings and leather braided bracelets.
I feel like the jewellery we adorn our bodies with really speaks volumes about our personality. For years I avoided wearing jewellery because I wasn’t really sure where I fit in… I was that girl who wore light up Christmas earrings until my teenage years and then all of a sudden that’s wasn’t socially acceptable anymore, nor did it suit me. So then I discovered cubic zirconia, and oh boy did I wear lots of it. Super glam, almost engagement style rings; thick, chunky bracelets, and the aforementioned heart shaped earrings, all chock-full of that beautiful, clear stone. I also still own a pair of small bow shaped earrings, sans CZ, but still far too young to suit the woman (cringe) I am today.
So, I guess, here is where I’m at. My style is what some would call minimal. I call it ‘I hate what colour looks like on me’ and just roll with it.
I’m the same with my jewellery and accessories. I want them to be minimal, suit every outfit I own, yet still be eye-catchingly gorgeous at the same time. I’m very particular with the pieces I bring in and out of my wardrobe, and I’m always conscious of the fact that trends are cyclical in nature, but I’ve accepted the fact that the majority of my jewellery is unwearable on this TWENTY-FIVE year old body of mine. (Sorry, I just can’t get over the fact that I’m almost half way to fifty).
My go-to jewellery needs to be sophisticated yet simple enough to wear every day, and really comfortable. There’s nothing worse than jewellery that’s not practical nor wearable on a day to day basis.
I recently picked up a couple of pieces from Michael Hill that I thought I should share with you guys, in case you’re experiencing a mid-twenties crisis, like me.
Michael Hill is one of the most sophisticated jewellery brands to exist in Australia. They’re high-end, but on an affordable scale, and I’ve never experienced anything but top quality when I’ve purchased their pieces in the past. Did I mention that their ethos center around the concept of timelessness? Basically, it was a perfect match.
The first piece I picked up was the Bar Necklace in Sterling Silver. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go for gold, silver or rose gold with this necklace, as I am comfortable wearing most metals, but in the end I decided to go for silver. I prefer the cool tones of silver paired with my summer wardrobe, and I also think it makes my hair look lighter.
I’ve seen different versions of this bar necklace everywhere, and people wear it in so many different ways. From Emma Watson to Drew Barrymore and Kourtney Kardashian to Kate Hudson – they’ve all worn and rocked it, so I was feeling really inspired to see how I could style mine. I’ve honestly found that it looks good however I wear it – hair up/hair down, with a blouse, with a strapless jumpsuit: the opportunities are endless, which goes to show that it truly is a practical, timeless piece. I guess, due to the structure of the bar, you could get yours engraved, but I kind of prefer it being blank. It looks intentional and, dare I say it, really cool.
I also picked up these Thread Earrings in Sterling Silver, because they reminded me of my Nan, and she is nothing if not classic and timeless. While they are slightly awkward to put in, I’ve found that these earrings are everything I didn’t even know I needed. They’re stylish yet minimal, but so sophisticated that I’ve actually discovered a new found love for thread earrings. Who knew they were so incredible? I normally hate wearing earrings because I find them really uncomfortable, but I actually had a nap the other day while wearing these because I completely forgot I had them in! Such a win-win. Now you can well and truly wake up like dis (minus the contour).
My motto when it comes to earrings is ‘the simpler the better,’ and do you want to know why? When I was in fifth grade, I had a teacher who loved to wear humongous, dangly earrings to school. She had a new pair for every single day of the week, and while that’s super fab and all (#yolo, etc, etc), she had the saggiest earlobes I have ever seen. Ever. So now, whenever I put in earrings that are even slightly on the heavy side, I immediately think of those saggy earlobes. Not cute.
I just think there’s just something so timeless about thread earrings. I’ve found that although this pair is such a simple design, they’re maybe too dressy for every day wear, but I kind of love that. I love wearing them with my hair out and slightly tousled, and they do look best with a bare neck (probably the weirdest sentence ever). It’s just simple elegance and I’m obsessed with it. Just let it be known that cats are fascinated with dangly things, so maybe don’t cuddle them while you’re wearing these earrings. You’ve been warned.
Other simple and dainty earrings I’m loving right now are these Rose Gold Studs and these Sterling Silver Geometric Studs. I’m also finding it hard to stop myself from buying these Yellow Gold Ear Climbers.
I’m so obsessed with my recent timeless jewellery finds. You’ll have to let me know in the comments below how your jewellery collection has changed over the years. I think it’s so interesting to see how people come into their own personal style! Also, I would love to know which of the above pieces was your favourite! And are you a silver, gold or rose gold kind of gal?
This post was sponsored by Michael Hill. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Girl & Grey possible.