With budgets in mind, I’ve chosen to show a lot of second-hand jewelry in this post (as well as a couple of handbags that are still absurdly expensive…). I think that we all are going to need to become much more open-minded about purchasing things that aren’t brand spanking new, if only for the benefit of the environment… (and isn’t “brand spanking” just about the weirdest phrase ever?)
For this first dress, that collar needs a brooch! And for what it’s worth, this dress also comes in a beautiful sapphire blue…
If you’re looking at sapphires, it’s worth remembering that the stones don’t have to be brilliantly polished and faceted – some lovely sapphire jewelry treats the stones more like a semi-precious jewel. These are going to be lower-quality stones, but some of the jewelry is still lovely!
Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, which means that in theory they are very compatible…
Sapphires mix beautifully with other stones, so if your favorite is something else, but you’d like to include the occasional sapphire – you can do that!
(this teal dress is also available in black and navy – it has pockets, and looks to me like it would be both flattering and versatile…)
This is a perfect example of how opaque sapphires can make a real statement without causing you to skip a mortgage payment…
Oh, the ways you could wear this dress… but with sapphires, I kept it simple. Another day, you could wear it open as a duster over another dress, or a top and pants… This kind of versatility is what we are going to have to look for as we downsize our wardrobes!
I’m really loving birthstones – I’m looking forward to October opals!
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