In preparation for blogging about Mom’s jewelry, I bought some books about collecting costume jewelry. As I browsed through them, it became immediately clear that Mom wasn’t buying jewelry for a collection. She simply loved wearing and buying jewelry. She didn’t look for jewelry from a specific designer. She didn’t shop for vintage jewelry. She didn’t care if the jewelry was valued by collectors or signed by a well-known designer. She was simply buying it because she liked it, or maybe, in the case of second-hand baubles, it was simply too good of a deal to pass up!
One of Mom’s favorite pastimes was matching her outfits with jewelry. As she put together blouses, jackets and pants from her vast closet, she would hang them all on one hanger, and then add a necklace and earrings from her collection, slipping the necklace over the hook of the hanger, and clipping the earrings on the blouse or the hanger itself.
When Mom moved to the Alzheimer’s home, it was really easy to bring her clothes to her, because each outfit in her closet came complete with matching jewelry! Even now, she continues to love arranging and rearranging the outfits in her closet, moving a necklace, scarf, or belt from one outfit to the other.