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Our Most Treasured Pieces of Jewelry (And How We Keep Them Organized)

Pretty reminders of the people and places we love.
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Without fail, a glint of my grandfather's chunky gold bracelet or a not-yet-released necklace from the Shop on an Instagram Story will trigger countless DMs. As someone who loves stacked rings and an ear party, I'm thrilled by the enthusiasm my collection receives—and for your attention to jewelry detail! I thought it'd be fun to collect some of your most-asked jewelry questions in one place, and to invite Jess and Leslie to share their responses and tips for keeping their collections organized. xEmily

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My jewelry style: Classic, versatile, simple
How I organize it: I'm a disaster when it comes to organization and have jewelry in pretty much three different places. I have some scattered in bowls in my bathroom (typically earrings I swap out a few times a week), my entire collection in drawers in my closet, and our Shop collection kept in labeled rainbow boxes.
Best piece of jewelry I bought myself: The two tiny pave diamond rings I got after my last break-up (I was 23). I don't wear them on a daily basis, but they served as a reminder that I was strong and independent and didn't need to wait for someone to buy me a diamond. 
Favorite piece for special occasions: I have a pair of Jennifer Behr mismatched oversized celestial earrings that I pull out anytime I want to make an impact and really finish an outfit. They make such a statement and, even if the rest of my outfit is subdued, they add that special touch to really finish the look.
Pieces I wear every day: I rarely touch my bracelet stacks and wear 11 total that I never take off. Most of the time, I'm layering anywhere from three to five necklaces—our Presidio diamond bow, my grandma's heart pendant, and our Marin floating diamond necklace. As for earrings, I like to switch them up on a daily basis, depending on my mood and the rest of my outfit.
Most treasured piece of jewelry: My engagement ring. I hadn't even thought about what kind of ring I'd want and was blown away by how perfect it was. G put so much careful consideration into what he'd envisioned for me (it's an Ascher cut, for the record) and I love that it was a decision he made all on his own (it doesn't hurt that G has great taste).
Favorite heirloom: My grandfather's chainlink bracelet. He passed away in 2006 and it's one of my favorite ways to be reminded of him several times throughout each day (I never take it off). 

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It took me years to figure out my jewelry style—I used to wear a lot of chunky necklaces and "statement" bracelets (lookin' at you, 2006), until I realized I don't really like any of those things. Now, I find less is more—a thin gold bracelet is sexy, a subtle gold earring may be less eye-catching but can be more impactful than something chunky, and I love that nearly all of my jewelry holds a personal significance. 

My jewelry style: Minimal, gold, and meaningful
How I organize it: I keep my jewelry in a monogrammed Mejuri jewelry box, where I can clearly see each piece. I appreciate that there are three layers, so I can keep my very favorite pieces on top, my earring collection in the second tray, and the necklaces and watch I wear less often in the bottom. (I shared photos of my full collection, and each layer below!)
Best piece of jewelry I bought myself: Instead of a wedding dress, I bought myself a pair of earrings I could wear again and again. My Gabriella Kiss Herkimer Diamond Earrings with gold ants are the first piece of fine jewelry I've ever bought for myself—I fell in love with them the moment I saw them, then returned months later for them at the LA store, August. They're so special, and remind me of my wedding day every time I put them on! 
Favorite piece for special occasions: Outside of my Gabriella Kiss earrings, I love my Farfalle Earrings from Chefanie. I generally opt for simple, monotone pieces for events (remember events?), so they add a cheeky and playful touch that make me smile!
Pieces I wear every day: On my left hand, I wear my engagement and wedding rings. On my right, I wear a replica of my great-great grandparents' wedding ring (my uncles had a pair made for Jonah and me for our wedding, inscribed with their wedding date 11/20/01), a small band with diamonds from the Shop, a moonstone ring Jonah bought me for my 25th birthday, and a small diamond ring from our first anniversary. I wear a Victoria Cunningham necklace my mom bought me for my 16th birthday, which I've barely taken off since. I also wear a welded Catbird bracelet that reminds me of my friend Betsy, who got one at the same time! Finally, I know I'm biased, but I almost exclusively wear gold earrings from the Shop, which I switch out every day or two! I often wear these backwards (gold side out), and The Colette
Most treasured piece of jewelry: This is probably a boring answer, but my engagement ring, made and designed by Tura Sugden. I had no idea what I wanted, but I can't imagine a more beautiful ring and I love that it's ethically made, using old world techniques and recycled diamonds, by the designer herself.
Favorite heirloom: A ruby ring that belonged to my great-great grandmother (pictured in the top row, above, next to the wedding ring replica!).

From top to bottom (like a book): Wedding ring replica, my great-great grandmother's ring, Shop earrings, Gorjana cluster earrings, Chefanie farfalle earrings, Gabriella Kiss ant earrings, Madewell earrings, engagement ring

From top to bottom (like a book): Wedding ring replica, my great-great grandmother's ring, Shop earrings, Gorjana cluster earrings, Chefanie farfalle earrings, Gabriella Kiss ant earrings, Madewell earrings, engagement ring

Left side: All earrings from the Shop! (I'm clearly a fan) Right side: Shop bracelets, with the exception of the middle bracelet which was a baby gift when I was born

Left side: All earrings from the Shop! (I'm clearly a fan) Right side: Shop bracelets, with the exception of the middle bracelet which was a baby gift when I was born

Left to right: Necklace from the Shop (no longer available), Sunburst necklace, gold chain with ancient bead passed down from my mom, string of pearls I'm planning on re-stringing into a necklace, the Marc Jacobs watch we all bought in 2012 ;)

Left to right: Necklace from the Shop (no longer available), Sunburst necklace, gold chain with ancient bead passed down from my mom, string of pearls I'm planning on re-stringing into a necklace, the Marc Jacobs watch we all bought in 2012 ;)

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I'm much more confident in my jewelry style than I am in my everyday clothing style—I prefer dainty, timeless, and simple pieces that still feel special or unique, but have some significance behind them. Each item I wear on a daily basis has a story behind it, whether it was a gift for a big birthday or something I bought myself to commemorate a trip or major milestone, and I love being able to look down or in the mirror and feel a wave of nostalgia for whenever it was added to my collection.

My jewelry style: Delicate, polished, sentimental
How I organize it: I have a three-part system (that you can see in the three photos). First, I keep the pieces I rotate through daily on a pink tray that has multiple compartments, so they're available and accessible each morning. I then have a zip-up travel case that stores my more valuable items, like Bat Mitzvah gifts, and any bulkier pieces. And finally, the most joy-inducing of the three is the rainbow box filled with all my cupcakes and cashmere pieces that I keep separate so I never misplace them.
Best piece of jewelry I bought myself: My Ariel Gordon carousel necklace—it was on major sale last year, and I now wear it every single day. My grandma used to call me "Sunshine," and the moment I saw this piece, it reminded me of something she would have gifted me if she was still alive. It also felt symbolic to buy myself a token of hope, optimism, and sunnier days ahead smack dab in the middle of the pandemic. 
Favorite piece for special occasions: I love the pieces that I wear every day so much, that they're generally what I keep on for special occasions as well.
Most treasured piece of jewelry: My dad bought my mom a pair of solitaire diamond studs as a push present after I was born, and unfortunately, though they were screw backs, one was lost over a decade ago. For my 25th birthday, they found a match for the other that remained and gifted them to me–it's now my most prized piece of jewelry (aside from my engagement ring), since they have so much meaning, not only to me, but to my parents.

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