Earlier this week I wrote about how to streamline your jewelry box by adopting a Capsule Wardrobe plan- the Jewelry Edition. And some of you have been really excited! Excited enough that I’ve received a few emails of pictures of empty jewelry boxes- and piteous complaints of not knowing what to put back in them! As I don’t want any of you to be unhappy- I decided to post this article sooner rather than later. But first you have to promise me something- and it’s a doozy!
Promise me you won’t buy my jewelry*It sounds crazy, I know. As my suppliers for ethically sourced gemstones, reclaimed metals, and gorgeous gift boxes require payment- and won’t just give me diamonds, I really do need to sell my art jewelry. So let’s expand on that a little bit with this footnote:
*Please don’t buy my jewelry unless or until you are absolutely certain that the piece you’ve chosen is something that suits you, is something that you will wear for years and years to come, and holds a personal meaning for you.I can hear you now- because I’ve talked about this to my local clients, and they all look at me like I’m speaking gibberish. “What do you mean hold a meaning? It’s just jewelry, Kaelin! What do you mean it should suit me and my lifestyle?” Here’s what I mean- because I am an Artist, and my work is not “just jewelry”. Every piece I create has a purpose, and is designed to last for generations. I would rather hold on to a piece for years waiting for the right collector, than create pieces that are created to follow a vanishing trend, which will be discarded without a thought. Because the pieces I create are not objects of fashion, irrelevant after the season passes, but objet d’art. Speaking in general, true pieces of artwork are designed to last the centuries, and are inherently valuable in and of themselves- and well beyond the intrinsic value of their materials. Now don’t be alarmed at the idea of wanting to know the meaning of Art. Countless tomes have been written about this- and I disagree with most of them! I lose patience with people who prate about the significance of the brushstroke, and cow their audience into submission with their ‘superior’ knowledge. Brushstrokes are certainly important in paintings, so that one can admire the skill of the painter, but it is your response to the Art as a whole that is the important part of all of this. If you look at my jewelry, and don’t form a connection of any kind with my work, I truly want you to pass my work by, and find another artist’s work to support. I’ll even help you find a jewelry artist who will better suit you if you’d like! But it’s you and your reaction to what I create that is important at the end of the day.