Although my mom rasied me in the crafty era of bangle bracelets and 60's fashion, even she had some silver bracelets and rings from her past. This sterling bracelet is one of my favorites, it was a wedding gift to the bridesmaids in my Aunt's wedding, just a simple etched bangle with their name and the wedding date inscribed on the inside. It has become one of my standard favorites to wear.
And there were other pieces from her past, I never actually saw her wear them but she had told me they were bought during trips out west before she got married to my dad. After she passed away I had a custom bracelet made with some pictures of her, past and present. I wore it quite often for awhile, it brought me comfort
At some point I put my silver jewelry away in favor of gold, at the time it seemed more "mature" and more popular..........My engagement and wedding rings are gold, and I have a good sized collection of costume jewelry in gold tones. There were the occasional better pieces, but I didn't have the budget for a lot of really good stuff. Besides this was about the time I was raising babies and toddlers, and much of the bling took a back seat. For a long time I only got as far as earrings everyday. As much as I admire pretty jewelry, I never really desired diamonds or fancy necklace gifts from my husband, it just wasn't my lifestyle. I always loved my silver turquoise,though......it was so much more personal to me. Eventually I started to wear it more, especially in the summer months.