Have you ever thought about what your accessories communicate about you? We all make some kind of a statement when we dress, creating an image we believe about ourselves which also affects the way others view us.
Accessorizing is a personal statement of style and, in my opinion, there is no right or wrong way to do it (unless you are headed to a professional job interview, of course). Accessories can be serious or fun and they allow women to define themselves in their own individual, unique way.
Culture, values, and beliefs are communicated as well with accessories made from the materials of a person’s country of origin or those portraying symbols like the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness. Religious beliefs can be conveyed by wearing a symbol such as a cross or a saint medal:
When accessories pertain to jewelry, there are some women who prefer to keep their “statement” just above a whisper, adorning themselves with minimal, delicate pieces which are more of what I would call an “understatement.”
There are others whose statement is more audible and they enjoy wearing pieces that are a bit larger and more colorful. These women are not afraid to branch out into the world of costume jewelry for their accessories. Self-confidence also comes through when a combination of bright and bold are worn together.
There are also women who like to have every piece of jewelry they are wearing to make a showy, fearless, and bold statement – so loud, you may actually need earplugs! This can sometimes end up looking like an “overstatement.”
I tend to like a bold, yet balanced look with one significant statement piece along with a few smaller accent pieces. Whenever I dress for anything other than a workout, I always make sure I complete my look with a bit of glitz or glamour dangling from my ears, hanging from my neck, and stacked generously on my wrist.
Ginger Rogers boldly accessorizes with lots of sparkle in this photo from the 1940s:
Although you may read otherwise in fashion magazines, I want to emphasize, once again, that I truly do not believe there is any right or wrong way to accessorize as it is a PERSONAL statement of who you are, how you want to communicate to those around you, and what you are most comfortable wearing. You are free to make your own rules.
One of the most important criteria for the way I personally accessorize is to wear at least one piece of jewelry that is one-of-a-kind. I am quite drawn to vintage pieces with a history that date back several decades and have never seen anyone wearing the same vintage piece I have on – especially in the same unique way I have repurposed it!
I recently found this beautiful pearl and gold brooch from the 1960s. It was the perfect statement piece for me. Because I love repurposing vintage jewelry, I envisioned it as a necklace the moment I saw it. What a statement it would make with a fabulous gold chain attached!
I immediately got to work and took the chain off of a small evening bag I was no longer going to use. It was just long enough to repurpose into a necklace using the brooch as the pendant. I added a lobster clasp and voilà! My statement necklace was finished and ready to be worn:
When I had flipped over the brooch, I noticed an interesting mark that had the letters BSK:
After spending quite a bit of time researching the mark, I was disappointed to find there is such little information about it. But what I did discover is that the company was founded in New York in 1948 and was in business until the mid-1980s. The letters BSK represent the B. Steinberg-Kaslo Company which was a partnership composed of Julius Steinberg, Morris Kimmelman, Hyman Slovitt, Abraham J. Slovitt, and Samuel Friedman.
Their jewelry was considered good quality, moderately priced, and could be purchased in department stores such as Woolworth’s. It sold exceptionally well during the 1950s when the demand for affordable jewelry accelerated after the war.
The next time you get dressed to head out the door, think about the kind of statement you like to make to express your unique self. As a girl who just wants to have fun (and be a little loud), I am looking forward to making a big, bold statement with this one-of-a-kind beauty by BSK.
Kimberly Moore is a vintage costume jewelry expert, blogger, speaker, and author of Beauty in a Life Repurposed. To learn more, visit her website at kingdomsparkle.com
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