Friday, April 24, 2015


by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I never gave a flying fig for clothes. (You won't find any designer togs in my closet.) But in the last few years, I've started wearing jewelry. (Again, you won't find anything worth half a mil in my jewelry box.)

I've always been a sucker for rings and wear them on all eight fingers. Currently, the count is 13, and mostly silver with 2 aberrations; of those 13, six were made by my Dad. two silver, four stainless steel. (My buckle ring belonged to my great-grandmother.)

Lately, I've been buying bracelets. Usually I get them at yard sales, but Ive bought a few from the gift shop of a fantastic independent hotel that has a marvelous restaurant. The most I've paid for a bracelet was $16--and was extremely upset when my wrist turned green!

Mr. L bought these pretty bangles and gave them to me for my last birthday.  He found them in the Smithsonian catalog. Aren't they pretty?

Last summer, I bought a bunch of necklaces; beads, mostly. Red, blue, purple, black. A few years back, Ellery gave me a gorgeous necklace of jet beads. It's one of my favorites. Another favorite is a heart-shaped pendant Mr. L gave me for Christmas. It's made of silver and broken china.  (You can wear it as a pin, too.)

What kind of bling do you like to wear?