When you work in an office that consists almost entirely of women, checking out each other’s outfits and clothing can become a sport.
“Oh, I love those earrings.”
“That lippy colour is ah-ma-zing.”
“I can’t stop starring at your top… GORGEOUS.”
“Where did you get that from?” has practically become my anthem. I don’t do it on purpose; I can just be a bit of a sticky beak sometimes and I really love fashion. And the longer I’m around these smart and stylish ladies that I’m lucky enough to work with, the more I realise that’s where I get a lot of my own style inspiration from — whether it be on purpose or by fluke.
Lately, I’ve noticed one particular trend that makes me want to join the club immediately: pre-loved accessories. That’s right, I’m talking second-hand.
I consider clothing to be my domain, so when it comes to jewellery I’m definitely no expert. If there’s one word that would describe the overall theme of my accessories up until this point in my life, it would be 'disposable'. I’m sure you’ve been there too.
When cheap and cheerful jewellery chains cropped up everywhere a few years back, I got on board in a big, big way. But now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I regret the fact I didn’t invest more money in timeless, good quality pieces that will never go out of style.
When you think about it, purchasing items second-hand through a retailer such as Cash Converters is a fabulous idea. You can get both classic and one of a kind items as well as boutique brands such as Tiffany and Co and Rolex at affordable prices.
I’m coming to learn that spending your hard earned cash on pieces that you will want to hold onto and will actually go the distance when it comes to accessorising, is a much better idea than collecting cheap and nasty jewellery that will only end up getting turfed.
So in the spirit of sharing is caring, here are my top jewellery picks from a recent trip to my local Cash Converters:
Classic Find: Stacked bangles - $1,397.
Stacking bangles is always a stylish and simple way to dress up any outfit. I’m an avid bangle collector when I’m travelling, so wearing something like these makes me feel like I’m always on holidays.
The two outside bangles are 21 carat gold, while the centre bangle is nine carat and detailed with tiny diamonds across the front. They’re really versatile and can also be worn separately for a more classic look. They’d also look pretty damn fabulous on either side of a watch for a vintage feel.
So many carats it's practically a veggie patch. Image: supplied.
Investment Piece: Rolex watch - $11,999.
Never in my life did I think I’d be able to get my hands near a luxury item like a Rolex watch, but here I am — and it was love at first sight. In comparison to a brand new Rolex, Cash Converters makes something like this boutique product much more attainable.
This is an Oyster perpetual date and just between you and me, it looks almost identical to some of their new release watches. We’re already winning.
It has a sapphire crystal face with a jubilee bracelet that dates back to 1945. It also has a delicate row of diamonds around the face which gives it a more feminine touch.