Anti-aging Column

Published on August 5th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


Wearing Jewellery

I’ve given up .

Mostly because I don’t have much of it.  But really because I think too much jewellery on the ‘mature’ woman looks…what can I say without offending a mature women who loves her bling?…well, it looks way bad. (That’s as nice as I can say it.)

“It was black and stretchy and had a knot in it if you can image such a thing.”

As for the older woman wearing chunky, wooden or ‘ethnic’ jewellery…well, Kath and Kim is all I can think of.

I have seen women of a certain age in restaurants wearing charm bracelets they may have had for 40 years and while I love a bit of nostalgia, the jangle and jingle every time they make tiny movement only brings attention to the arm and we don’t want that do we?

I used to wear dangly earrings, even big hoops, and there was a time (was I mad?) when I had three piercing in each year.

But now that I am of an age, I find anything other than a tiny pair of diamond (fake, unfortunately) studs is all I feel comfortable with.

A couple of years ago I bought a choker style necklace while I was in France.

It was black and stretchy and had a knot in it if you can image such a thing.

The sales assistant told me it was made in France by an artist and it was actually a one-off ‘gallery’ piece.

I paid about $200 for it and thought it I was the knees of a bee wearing it…until my six year old granddaughter asked me why I was wearing a bit of old rubber tyre around my neck.

Now I am more understated and aware of too much of anything that might draw focus to me.

As Coco Chanel said:  “Before leaving the house a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

I say look at your outfit.  If you are wearing a colourful or brightly patterned dress, I think that’s enough statement.

One piece of good jewellery with, say, a little black dress, is all you need…again this is my opinion.

Having said all that, only last month in France I bought a solid silver ring made out of a teaspoon from a young man who goes all over his country buying up old silver wear from grannies’ attics and forms them into quite extraordinary jewellery.

I thought I was the pants of an ant wearing that ring…until the six year old granddaughter asked me why I had an old spoon wrapped around my finger.


About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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