My Grandmother: My Jewelry Icon

Jaclyn NYC

 

Guest Blogger

Jaclyn Gross, Professional Organizer in South Florida

 www.TipTopOrganizing.com

Age 27

 

 

As I’ve grown through the years, my style has evolved.  I always loved dressing up with my “pretty, pretty, princess” kit as a child and covering myself with loads of “jewels.”  The feeling of dripping in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings makes you feel better.  Makes you feel royal, makes you feel confident.  Or at least it did for me. 

 

But then something happened.  I turned 6.  And on my 6th birthday, my Oma gave me a pearl necklace.  It was a gold chain that had just a few tiny perfect pearls in the middle.  I loved feeling how smooth and cold they were.  It made me feel different.  Every year for Christmas, she would take my necklace and place a few more pearls on it.  She did this for my cousin Jillian and I who are just one year apart.  So when we would get it back in time for the yearly Christmas party, we would have our new pearls on our necklaces.  Every year it would grow just a little bit more and did this for about 10 years until it was fully covered.  That was very special to me and it was also the first time I had ever had a “real” piece of jewelry.  It changed how I felt.  No more plastic for me; I had graduated onto the real thing.  I felt like once I felt the feeling of a “real” piece of jewelry, I could just never go back.

 

My grandma always wore the most stylish and exquisite pieces.  I always wanted to be like her.  Right now as I am writing this, I am wearing a tiffany silver ball necklace and matching bracelet that I inherited from her.  She was a main influencer in my jewelry choices.   She had a safe where she kept her really expensive pieces, but the rest were all tucked away perfectly in their original boxes and pouches in one of her dresser drawers.  She was so organized.  I loved that about her, too.  She maintained the sparkle of her jewels.  They never tarnished or dulled.  They were cleaned, repaired if broken, insured and never out of place.  She took care of her belongings.  Anything that was hers, whether it was her diamond ring, her child, grandchild or home was taken care of fully 1000%. 

 

I always adored her choices from her broaches to earrings, rings, bracelets, ankle bracelets, and necklaces.  She always looked like a celebrity.  I should have taken more pictures of her.  Her style was just impeccable; perfectly put together everyday.  And the jewelry was what tied it all together.  I just loved all of her choices in style because her style was timeless.  It influenced me then and still does today, and will forever.  This is what I pass on to my clients, too.  When I take them shopping for a new wardrobe and when I weed out their old items- we focus on timeless classic foundational pieces instead of hip and trendy for just 1 season. 

 

I wanted my Oma’s collection of jewelry (and clothes- but I couldn’t fit in them since she was a size 0 her entire life, and I’m definitely not!)  And the funny thing is that her collection of jewelry, even after all the decades that have passed would mean nothing to the jewelry because they will still be just as magnificent as they were on the first day.  She had mesmerizing yellow diamonds, white diamonds, pink diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and of course white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum and silver.  I was hypnotized every time I saw her brilliant collection.   I couldn’t wait to build my own collection; to have my own treasure chest of fine jewelry.  So far my collection does not involve many diamonds (yet!) but I’m working on it. 

 

Over the years, as I was with her in her room helping her get ready before parties (my dad lived with her for a few years after my parents divorced) I watched as her outfit transformed from already stunning to just over the top magnificent stand-out with the help of a few classic, timeless classic pieces of jewelry.  It made the entire outfit pop.  I helped her as we went through her selection and picked the right pieces. 

 

This was eye-opening to me as a child to see this transformation.  With just a little (or not so little!) perfect sparkling well-placed diamond or jewel can make all the difference. 

 

I recently discovered Diamonds by Eyal in Boca Raton, Florida.  The store is run by Elise & Eyal Cohen.  They are the nicest couple ever.  They pay so much attention to you and make you feel like royalty.  Even though I wasn’t purchasing anything extravagant, they treat you like you are.  It doesn’t matter to them whether you are purchasing something for $500 or $250,000, because either way, they want you to enjoy the experience and educate you.  They sit down with you and explain everything.  It is by appointment only so you don’t have to worry about people coming in and distracting you. 

 

The time you have with them is your time only.   They make you feel so special and this customer service is so rare to find these days.  I truly appreciated them spending their time and energy on me.  I was able to leave there feeling confident in my purchase and knowing that this will be the place that I will be buying all future jewelry pieces from, and telling my friends and family to come, too.  The prices truly can’t be beat (as I went to many different places and compared!) and the quality is the best.  They also don’t do any advertising, so that speaks volumes!  It’s all by referrals.  I love that!  I recommend this business whole-heartedly to anyone who has a special occasion (or any occasion!) coming up.  The gift of jewelry is something that will be truly treasured for their entire life… at any age! 

50 Romantic & Unique Ways to Propose!

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Summer is here — therefore our calendars are jam-packed with weddings. For most of us, a wedding is a time to party with friends and celebrate love and matrimony. For young couples, it is a breeding ground for wandering imaginations and hopeful ambition of one day standing on that alter themselves. Maybe you have come down with engagement fever (it’s contagious this time of year) and want to take your relationship to the next level. Men, we know how hard to is to be unique and romantic, after all your going to have to hear the story over and over again for the rest of your life — so it better be a good one! We have made a list of different ways to propose to that special someone. It’s the biggest moment of your life, so put your own spin on some of our ideas! Good Luck! (Hint: if you haven’t bought the ring yet, come see our showroom)

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Best Public Marriage Proposal Ideas

1. Have a flair for the dramatic? Get in touch with the stage manager of an  appropriately themed production and propose after the cast’s curtain call.

2. Take out a full-page ad in a newspaper you know your girlfriend reads  daily.

3. Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have him sketch a  picture of you two with word bubbles. Yours will read, “Will you marry me?” and  hers will say, “Yes!”

4. Pay the divers at an aquarium to put on a proposal show inside their  biggest fish tank. Give them a handwritten sign that says, “Will you marry me?”  to hold up against the glass.

5. Send your girlfriend on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home; then  send her on a tour of your favorite spots all over town. When she gets to the  last hint, the prize should be you on one knee.

6. Go out for a night of dancing and ask the DJ or bandleader to pass you the  mic so you can dedicate a song and propose on the dance floor.

7. Hire a skywriter to spell out your proposal for everyone around to  see.

8. Flying anytime soon? Use the plane’s loudspeaker system (of course, run  your plan by the flight attendants first) and propose at 35,000 feet.

9. Movie buffs? Ask your neighborhood theater to run an ad featuring your  proposal and make sure you get there in time for the previews.

10. Gather a bunch of your friends and family for a party. Have everyone in  attendance put on a T-shirt bearing one of the letters in the phrase “Will you  marry me?” When you walk into the room with your girlfriend, suggest a group  picture and let the shirts speak for themselves.

 

Best At-Home Marriage Proposal Ideas

11. For a simple surprise, after she goes to bed, go to her jewelry box and  replace her everyday ring with the engagement ring. She’ll be completely shocked  in the morning when she goes to put on her regular ring.

12. Write her a love note with the proposal at the end of it. Tuck it into  her favorite book or the one she happens to be reading at the moment, and when  she finds the note, surprise her with the ring.

13. Turn off all the lights in your apartment and make a trail of candles  that leads to a circle of votives positioned around the ring.

14. Slip the ring on her finger while she’s sleeping and wake her with  champagne and strawberries. At first, the gesture will simply seem romantic —  the real surprise comes when she notices her new piece of jewelry.

15. Tie a red-velvet ribbon from one spot in your home to another. Attach  little notes recalling perfect moments in your relationship along the way. You  wait at the last stop, ring in hand.

 

Best Tech Marriage Proposal Ideas

16. Create your own podcast proposal and sneak it onto her iPod.

17. Upload a video of your proposal to YouTube (tell her you have a  hysterical home movie to show her).

18. Steal her digital camera and head to her favorite local outdoor spot.  Bring a friend with you and have posters made with the words “will,” “you,”  “marry” and “me?” Have your friend photograph you holding each one in a  different position. Then, let her know you borrowed her camera and ask her to  upload the photos.

19. Take the scavenger hunt high-tech: Send your mate a text message leading  her to a secret spot. Keep her engaged by text messaging her sweet nothings  along the way (and directions, of course) as you lead her to you, on bended  knee.

20. Create a web page declaring your love and intentions. Leave your sweetie  a clue with the web address written on it — don’t say a word. After the  proposal has been officially accepted (which, of course, it will be!), she can  proudly send the page to friends and family.

21. Set up a live-stream channel (on Ustream.com) and invite all your friends  and family to watch the proposal live from wherever you choose to  propose!

 

Best Foodie Marriage Proposal Ideas

22. Make the box holding her ring a selection on the dessert tray at your  favorite restaurant.

23. Put together a gift basket of yummy delicacies — the best chocolate or  coffee — and hide the ring among the presents (in its box, so it doesn’t get  lost in the goodies).

24. Ask the pastry chef to write, “Will you marry me?” in chocolate sauce  around the rim of her dessert plate.

25. Ask a baker to make a cake with the proposal written in frosting. Have  him display it in the storefront and suggest a little window-shopping to your  girlfriend.

26. Create a personalized fortune cookie with your own proposal  message.

 

Most Playful Marriage Proposal Ideas

27. Create your own crossword puzzle and be prepared to help her work it out  over breakfast.

28. Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your  ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off and wait for the inevitable gasp.

29. Spell out your proposal with refrigerator magnets.

30. Sneak into her office or classroom before she gets there and write your  proposal on her desk or on the blackboard. Stay hiding in the coat closet or  right outside the room until she arrives.

31. Get a ring size chart and ask your girlfriend to look up her size. When  she accuses you of ruining the surprise that you’re shopping for a ring, say,  “Okay, try this one instead,” and show her that you’ve already shopped for a  ring.

32. Play hangman and have the phrase be “Marry me.”

 

Best Fall and Winter Marriage Proposal Ideas

33. During your annual Halloween prep, challenge her to a pumpkin-carving  contest and carve the words “Marry me” into your pumpkin.

34. Write, “Will you marry me?” on the underside of a kite and take flight  one warm, breezy afternoon.

35. Have a friend or family member set up a picnic — complete with wine and  cheese, of course — for you in a park. Take your girlfriend for a hike on a  route where you’ll stumble upon this surprise proposal picnic.

36. Scratch your proposal into the frost on her car’s  windshield.

 

Best Spring and Summer Marriage Proposal Ideas

37. Propose in a flower or botanic garden when everything is in bloom.

38. Gather your families together for a barbecue and make it a family  affair.

39. Go to the beach and casually build a sand castle (at a safe distance from  the ocean!), and place the ring on the highest turret. Then invite her to admire  your handiwork.

40. Make your own message in a bottle. On the night before a beach day you’ve  planned, write a love poem on a piece of parchment paper, roll it into an  antique bottle with a cork and bury it in a well-marked spot in the sand near  your towels. Be sure you “find” the bottle as you dig together — and have the  ring at the ready.

 

Most Thoughtful Marriage Proposal Ideas

41. If you’re artistically inclined or just like to make things with your own  two hands, integrate something you’ve made into the proposal. For example, if  you have woodworking skills, present the ring in a special hand-carved jewelry  box.

42. Buy a pet that she’s always wanted (bunny, kitten, puppy) and loosely tie  the ring around its neck. Or substitute a stuffed animal — still cute, but less  maintenance!

43. Tell your girlfriend you want to make a time capsule together to bury and  dig up years into the future. As you’re gathering the items, say it wouldn’t be  complete without a picture of the moment you two got engaged! Have a camera  ready to take that shot right after you present her with the ring.

44. Rent a Vespa scooter and invite your girlfriend for a ride, but remind  her to be safe and wear a helmet. Hand her the helmet (with the ring box already  in it), and then you can zip around town to celebrate!

45. Meet for a drink at a posh hotel bar. When it’s time to go, casually  mention that you’ve already reserved a room for the night. When you open the  hotel room door, have roses, candles and champagne all set up — everything for  a perfect surprise proposal.

 

Cheesy (but Hilarious) Proposal Ideas

46. Make a list of 10 reasons you’d like to marry your beloved. Read them to  her in front of a crowd, have them delivered via singing telegram or send them  written on individual note cards over the course of a day (or 10!), with the  last card arriving by personal messenger (you!).

47. Want to really surprise your girlfriend? Cut out the bottom of a huge  refrigerator box, wrap it with pretty paper and ribbon, and attach a card that  says, “What’s inside the box is a gift to last a lifetime.” “Deliver” yourself  to her office or front door.

48. Make her ring the surprise in a box of Cracker Jack.

49. Make her feel like a movie star and set your proposal to the scene of her  favorite romantic movie. You could arrange your own Pretty Woman moment (the  finale, of course): Rent a white limo and climb through the moonroof with  flowers in hand to proclaim your love as you arrive at her place.

50. Another funny movie proposal? Steal from that famous Say Anything scene:  Park yourself outside her house with a stereo blaring your favorite tune and  propose on the front lawn.

 

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