Winter is not my favorite season. It's cold, it's dark and it makes me kind of grumpy. But these two pieces of jewelry - a mix of dark oxidized silver and warmer metals (gold and brass) have become go to items when I'm feeling gloomy.
I rarely buy jewelry in sets or choose pieces designed to go together. I
much prefer to mix and match items that I find to be complementary. I found this necklace and pair of earrings at different times, in different places - but I think they are perfect together.
For several years I had wandered past the Scattered Light booth at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and admired their botanical pendants. Then I saw this bluebell, which rather than being like most of their pieces made of polished gold or silver, was fashioned from mixed metals. It was different, and I liked that - plus it was handmade, local (well, then it was - the shop has since moved from Smithville to Round Top - but it's still Texas), and something I knew I would wear a lot. So I plunked down my credit card and took it home with me.
A couple of years ago I spotted this pair of Jamie Joseph "Dahlia" earrings in another wonderful Austin shop, Eliza Page, and immediately thought "wow, I have to have those" to go with the bluebell pendant.
Lucky me - my husband works right across the street from Eliza Page, so one day when I met him for lunch I mentioned the earrings, and he said "let's go get them". We did, and I wear these two pieces together often, especially when I need a reminder that winter in Texas really is only temporary.