Hey guys! Happy Monday. I can’t believe it’s almost the 4th of July already (what?!) and also, I’m kind of bummed that it falls in the beginning of the week I mean, I know it’s not the end of the world, but its quite nice when it flows easily into the weekend, don’t you think? (also, did you catch my announcement that I’m offering FREE SHIPPING over at my Etsy Print Shop in honor of Independence Day when you use the code USAFREE? Go check it out if you haven’t already!)
Lets talk about today’s post. I remember going through a phase where all of the jewelry I wore was so freaking heavy. Giant statement necklaces that would add went felt like 2 pounds around my neck, a slew of large bracelets going up my arm making it difficult to have any sort to functional movement, not to mention super heavy earrings – which is SO bad for our ear lobes! As I get older, I’m much more cautious about heavy earrings as that skin is so sensitive. For the past year or so, I’ve found myself gravitating towards minimal gold jewelry.
A couple reasons why I started gravitating towards dainty pieces: 1) they go with everything, and 2) you end up spending less money on “costume jewelry” we’ll call it. I’ve also stopped purchasing jewelry that’s from places like Forever 21, H&M, etc. Yes, the cost is super low, but your fingers turning green or your piercing holes turning black is not cute :) It makes that $5 you spent on a set of earrings a waste. The reason this happens is because of the metal that’s used combined with the acids in our skin. Plating for inexpensive jewelry (copper, silver, gold) is the main culprit, so be weary of anything that’s super low cost or below 18k (or isn’t marked with the sterling silver stamp) Quality over quantity if you want your jewelry to last!
Here’s the skinny on different types of jewelry metals:
- 24k gold is pure gold (99.9% gold content), but has a hefty price tag.
- 18k gold is 75% gold content, and is usually where I live when I’m shopping for jewelry. (I also wear it in water and it holds up great)
- 14k gold is 58% gold content, and will likely tarnish and leave some green on your skin. (You wouldn’t want to be in water with 14k gold)
- Sterling Silver (if it’s real, it will be engraved with 925, .925, or 92.5.)
My Every Day Minimalist Jewelry | Click the + to view
I also wear a crescent moon necklace (photographed above) as well as a healing beaded necklace that my sister gifted me from a small shop in San Francisco, so unfortunately I can’t link the healing necklace for you! I’ll rotate out my necklaces, always keeping the healing beads the constant and layering accordingly.
Best Minimalist Jewelry Brands
- ByliaJewels on Etsy. To be honest, this is the main place that I go for all of my minimal, dainty jewelry (as you can tell from the graphic above!) It’s based in Barcelona and the quality is amazing. Plus, the shipping is super fast, the customer service is through the roof, and the packaging is lovely.
- Uncommon James. A newer jewelry line that’s the perfect balance between minimal and just a little bit statement. Personally, I love this ring and this necklace.
- & Other Stories. This website is a recent discovery for me and I’m so glad I came across it. Their options are endless when it comes to key minimalist pieces for your jewelry collection. I’ve added this and these to my wish list.
- AGJC on Etsy. Another recent, new find. This company majorly stands out due to the fact that all of their jewelry is ethically made. So unique and incredibly awesome. I mean, how cool are these?
Other minimalist jewelry that I’m loving: