I’ve received a lot of costume jewelry as gifts, so I’ve developed the habit of rotating through pieces, so everything gets worn. Every so often, though, I notice that a piece no longer looks nice. Perhaps the color is wearing off, or a bead or cabochon has fallen off and the piece is no longer as nice as when I first received it. I won’t wear it and it looks too awful to pass along.
Look through your jewelry, I’m not saying you have to go through everything, if you have a lot, but notice if there is a corner of your jewelry box or a bowl on your dresser where you toss these unwearable pieces into an Island of Misfit Jewelry.
If a piece looks horrible, why are you holding onto it? Is there a photograph of you wearing the piece that is a better memory of the item than the dust-collecting piece?
Yes, I’ve had a few pieces that I really liked, but I realized I couldn’t wear them and that’s the purpose of jewelry, so I released the pieces. If you know a young child who likes playing dress up, would the pieces be something appropriate to pass along for play? If a piece is meaningful, place it in your memory box. Or, is it time to thank the piece for the wear you got out of it and release it?
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.