Jewelry is easily one of my favorite fashion accessories. A large statement necklace can make an outfit while other designs may signify important milestones and memories like the jewelry I received from my grandmother and the wedding ring from my husband. Jewelry differs from clothing, shoes and handbags in that it has no real purpose other than to be appealing. It doesn’t keep you warm, protect your feet or carry your belongings but merely is a form of artistic expression.
Although the techniques used in making jewelry have evolved in the more than 100,000 years since jewelry was first discovered, there are some things that have remained the same. The first forms of jewelry were comprised of beaded necklaces made of shells strung together like charms not unlike many designs today. Throughout human history, jewelry has been used to express wealth and social status as well as denote marital status, status within religion and social groups, and to celebrate milestones such as graduations, birthdays, and anniversaries. Jewelry has also been made to adorn the body from head to toe with such as items as hair pins to toe rings.
When buying jewelry, make sure it reflects your personal style. Look for unique pieces that offer great color and texture and can be worn with a variety of items in your wardrobe. Buy what you like and mix and match bracelets and necklaces wearing more than one at a time. The trick is to keep with a color tone to make it all come together.
My favorite jewelry is one-of-a-kind pieces like those made by Renzen Dekiy Rich in her Islamorada boutique and studio called Peace of Tibet. Originally, from Amdo, Tibet, she has been making jewelry since she was young and had a similar store in Tibet but luckily for us, she found her way to the Florida Keys!
On any given day, you can walk into her store and find her working on a new piece. Her handmade jewelry is made with beads purchased from trips to Tibet, India and Nepal. Most of the beads have been blessed by Tibetan monks for peace and positive energy before they are made into one of her beautiful creations.
Dekiy just recently returned from an incredible buying trip through Thailand, Nepal and Tibet. New to her store are several amazing items including lots of new jewelry and handbags that she has personally designed, and beautiful cashmere scarves from Nepal.
Peace of Tibet is quiet place of positive energy specializing in one-of-a-kind hand-made jewelry and truly authentic finds from her travels including handbags, scarves and accessories ranging from $20 to $300. Peace of Tibet is located at 82205 Overseas Highway, Islamorada and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.