A couple of weekends ago, I had just come back home from a lunch date and was casually hanging out in my living room. I took these earrings off and had just put them on the side table next to me when I suddenly realized: these guys had been with me since the last 15 years. Whoa.
I’ve never been into real jewelry and don’t own a single piece that would get me more than a bag of popcorn at the movies. Even my wedding jewelery was not the real thing (no love for real stuff + paying for my own wedding = fake shit that looks good). BUT I’m into the non-real kind pretty obsessively and it’s something that cannabalises my wardrobe like a mother (who remembers this?). Silver jewelery, in particular, makes me drop my morals the fastest, and these earrings, I actually have a relationship with.
They’ve gone with me through college, then university (with all the terrible, I’ll-deny-them-if-I-ever-see-them-again, what-was-I-thinking crushes). They moved with me to Karachi with my limited belongings when I switched cities for work. And eventually got packed into the really tiny shipment of stuff I made for Dubai when I moved in with N. They’ve lived in three cities, traveled so much of the world (I actually thought I’d dropped one of them in Nepal and was pretty bummed out for a couple of days), seen so much (life’s been embarrassing) and somehow feel age-appropriate for any time (I’m going to wear them when I’m 60 and no one can stop me).
I don’t remember which one of my sisters they originally belonged to or when exactly they came into my life but I do remember casually stealing them once upon a time and they’ve been with me since. They’re my most worn pieces (hoops don’t count) and each time I wear them, I immediately lose all humility and conveniently imagine myself to be ‘killing it’ on multiple levels.
They’re not even real silver so they must be what, about a 100 bucks? But they have such high value for me for all the history we’ve shared together. (And that’s the most sentimental I’ll ever be for an item that wasn’t food).
What’s your most favorite jewelery piece? Tell me before it’s too late.