Ever since I can remember my family have always been jewellery lovers and this was only exemplified when I went on to work in a jewelers at age 17. For the most part I loved my job, I loved seeing the new products and learning more about the mechanics behind metals, gemstones and the technical side of watches. I worked throughout my university degree and ended up with almost eight years of experience within the industry when I moved on to another company so naturally during that time my collection of watches and jewellery peaked massively, as did the collections of most of my family.
I think there’s something really special about watches and jewellery, usually, they’re bought for a particular reason such as a birthday treat or a work promotion, or they’re given for an occasion such as an anniversary. I have certain items which I know straight away who bought it and when.
For example, I have a beautiful white gold diamond and ruby ring which I fell in love with at work which my brother and two of my best friend’s clubbed together to buy for my 20th birthday, completely unknown to me. Even now 7 and a half year’s later I still wear it and it makes me smile so much, especially as one of my friends I don’t see very often. The very next year for my 21st my parent’s bought me the matching necklace which at the moment of writing this post is hanging proudly around my neck.
I remember buying my mum her very first Chamilia bracelet and over the year’s filling it with charms from various family members for occasions and I have quite a lot of these myself, it’s scary to think how much money is on each bracelet. I have one which is super special though and holds particular charms which really mean a lot to me such as the globe which is for my love of traveling, the camera for my love of taking photos and the umbrella which was bought just after a particularly rainy Download Festival for my love of festivals.
Watches are a bit of an obsession of mine and I accumulated a lot over the years although many of them need new batteries now as I’ve let them die. I was recently sent this beautiful Globenfeld Daytimer Watch* which has a blue leather strap with orange stitching and beautiful smaller details like rose gold edging on the face. Having spent year’s staring at watches I know what I like and for a guy a chronograph watch is always going to be the style I go for (they have the three dials on the face as opposed to a plain face). I debated about who to gift the watch to and decided upon my other half as this would then be the very first item of jewellery that I had given to him and it seemed like a special enough reason as any. I know now that even year’s down the line when we look at the watch that we’ll remember that detail.