Week 1: Unearthing my jewelry collection

Here it is!  The all-new jewelry project.  Maybe I should call it “Where in the world did that piece come from?!”  I don’t know, we’ll see.  For now it’s “Week One of the all-new jewelry project.”

At any rate, I selected a piece today from one of my favorite jewelry shops in the world.  IN THE WORLD.  It’s called Césarée and it’s located in Paris’ sixth arrondissement.  They make their own jewelry there in the workshop/boutique using Asian findings.  The style, I would say, is Asian flair meets Parisian refinement.  The prices can be pretty steep, especially for the gigantic showpieces that I favor.  So I like to shop their blow-out sales.  There are only three a year, so timing is critical.  The Césarée sales coincide with the two French legal sale times in January and July, lasting 2-4 weeks.   There’s a third sale in March, right before the French presidential election (not sure if there’s a connection there, but I don’t think so).  I haven’t made it to that one yet, but the January and July sales are musts if I can possibly be in Paris at that time.

This lovely piece is one that I got when I visited Paris last February.  To my immense delight, I discovered that Césarée now has a “sale corner” so that customers can buy discounted jewelry outside of their three big yearly sales.  (The selection isn’t nearly as wide, but hey, the discounts are still deep.)  This Central Asian/Indian-inspired dangler below was tucked away in a lower drawer of the sale corner cabinet, until I dragged it out and brought it home with me.

{jet-black wood and imprinted metal necklace from Césarée Paris}

Cesaree necklace_jet wood_Jan 22, 2016

And now for my close-up.  As part of my jewelry blog posts, I will always show you how I’m wearing it.  I love big, bold pieces and feel comfortable and chic wearing them, and I hope you do or WILL do, too.  Well, today’s “photo session” started out with me unearthing the Selfie stick that I bought this summer and never removed from its box.  I was SO excited to finally use it.  My husband’s taunts when I brought it home only fueled my desire to join the cult of the Selfie stick.  I started snapping away – upstairs, downstairs, outdoors.  Then I looked through the photos on my computer.  Wah-wah.  They’re horrible.  Even the least worst is bad.  Nonetheless, digging out my Canon will have to wait until next week.  So without further ado…

{the best of the bunch}

Cesaree necklace_jet wood_Jan 22, 2016_Katherine Ainsworth

This photo was most palatable for a global audience (I like to think BIG).  As you can (maybe) see, I’m wearing this big, artisanal, “ethnic” piece with a simple white tee-shirt and navy cardigan.  You can’t tell from this photo, but I have a pair of blue jeans and Tom’s slip-ons down below.  (I tried full-length Selfies and believe me, they looked ridiculous.)  I haven’t completely given up on Selfie sticks, but maybe their use should be limited to group photos in front of stunning scenic backdrops.  Oh well, Week One is in the books!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  To those stranded by snow, maybe now is a good time to start considering a move out here to SoCal…


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  1. Dawn on February 5, 2016 at 3:25 am

    We need to do more of this and not just with jewelry. I have vowed to wear everything in my closet. When it’s on, I access how it makes me feel. If it doesn’t lift my spirits, it’s gone, leaving me with less items, but each one uplifting…

    • Katherine on February 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Yes! Good for you! I went through all of my clothes as I unpacked them from the move to California last summer, and realized that I was holding onto a lot from my 20s, when I was single and living in New York City – and while I still liked some of the styles, they felt like the “old me.” So I weeded out probably 30 items and donated or consigned them. And I have to say, I don’t regret letting go of a single item! Cheers to cleaning out!

      Thanks for reading!


  2. Anisa on February 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to have lived in and travelled to loads of different countries, and I find that jewellery just makes the perfect souvenir. It’s small (doesn’t take up too much room in my already bulging bags) and, more importantly, when I wear it, it brings back fond memories of my trips.
    When I started making my own jewellery, it mainly centred around revamping pieces I already had into something more stylish, updated, and more fitting with the ‘new’ me.
    Then again, there are always older pieces that my friends steal before I can even get the chance to do anything with them!
    Love your blog and looking forward to seeing all your stunning pieces :)

    • Katherine on March 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Anisa, thank you so much! I used to make jewelry, myself. I may again someday ;) That’s great that you’re re-working favorite pieces – it’s fun and creative, you have one-of-a-kind pieces and you’re recycling! Love it!! Thanks for reading :) -k.

  3. Pepot on February 22, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Nice post! It´s good to meetsome beautiful jewelry of your collection!!!

    • Katherine on March 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it :) -k.

  4. Colored Silver jewellery on April 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    nice collection of jewellery thanks for share this collection design

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