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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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I don’t know about you but the bulk of my jewelry falls into one of two categories: super fancy or expendable. As I’ve started to really hone in on my personal style, I have noticed that what I’m missing are the high quality pieces with staying power. As a part of my journey this year toward focusing on the positive, I have decided that one step that needs to be taken asap is to get my accessories up the level they need to be at.

Rachael Ryen Jewelry is a treasure, friends. Designer Rachael Byers creates timeless and classic pieces that transition easily from day to night and there is something for everyone in the collection. The collection is full of handpicked gemstones with high quality gold and silver plating and you will find yourself making excuses for having the entire collection in your hands. I find myself coveting this Hexagon Ring as well as this Citrine Pendant. Let’s be honest, friends. Any piece from Rachael Ryen Jewelry is bound to get you where you need to be.

Rachael Ryen Jewelry is giving away two (!) $50 gift certificates to two lucky readers (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, January 16th. Comments now closed…good luck!
*As a special treat, Rachael Ryen Jewelry is also offering BSP readers $10 off all orders from now through February 6th! Please use coupon code “Brightside” at checkout.*
Please visit Rachael Ryen Jewelry and tell us: What is the most “beautiful” piece of jewelry you own? Tell us why it is so beautiful.
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, January 20th, to see if you’ve won!
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    natalie says:

    The most beautiful is my wedding ring! It holds so much meaning about the covenant my husband and I made to each other. The meaning adds the most beuty to it!

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    natalie says:

    The most beautiful is my wedding ring! It holds so much meaning about the covenant my husband and I made to each other. The meaning adds the most beauty to it!

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    Trisha says:

    he most beautiful piece of jewelry I own is a silver necklace shaped like the moon. It’s handcrafted with a wonderful amount of detail and texture that shows the pockmarks on the moon’s face.

    Aside from the beauty of the design and crafting, it is also beautiful because I go it as a kickstarter pick for a small artist (Marian Call) who’s music I love. Every time I wear it, which is often, I remember that it is money well spent to support great music and small artists. 

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    heather f says:

    I have very little jewelry, but I do have a piece that I love. It’s a tiny turquoise ring that I was given as a baby. It’s so tiny and precious, but it won’t even fit on the tip of my pinky finger!

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    Jenni says:

    Of course I wear my engagement and weddings rings every single day, and they are absolutely stunning and beautiful for what they represent… but I would have to say my absolute most beautiful piece is my diamond snowflake pendant. My grandmother passed away a year and a half ago, and the world lost an amazing vivacious women. She never cared what anyone thought and loved to surround herself with beautiful things. She had a snowflake pendant that she found about 5 years ago at Wal-Mart and she wore it every single day. In the rain, sun, heat waves of summer and of course snowy days of winter. I came to associate that snowflake with her beautiful personality. She didn’t care what others thought about her, she simply wanted to live the way she wanted to live…. When she passed, my sister got the pendant. I didn’t realize how much I would lament not being the one to get it but it was just something I always loved about my grandmother. 

    When I graduated w/my Masters last year it was a bittersweet day. Grandma had been one of my strongest supporters, but I knew she was there in spirit. After the ceremony my family took me to dinner and there my mom gave me a little box. Inside it was my very own snowflake pendant, and everytime I wear it I now think of my grandmother and her endless, amazing and stunningly beautiful spirit, and I strive each time to be a little bit more like her.

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    rachel says:

    I’d say my wedding ring. I showed my husband the rings I loved and he nailed my taste exactly.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i love the replacement engagement/wedding ring my husband and i bought on a trip to NYC (when we got married, i was stick thin, so i outgrew my rings). 

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    Tiffany says:

    The most beautiful piece of jewelry I own is a two-tone two pearl ring passed down from my grandmother. I never met this grandmother, she died before I was a thought, but my father says she was given that ring by her father on her 21st birthday. It doesn’t really fit any of my fingers but I try to wear it in memory of her whenever I can.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    While I love my sapphire wedding ring and the other various gems I have received from my husband over the years my absolute favorite piece of jewelry I own is the promise ring he gave me when we were 16. It is yellow gold in the shape of a tiny daffodil and it has a very small diamond in the middle of the flower. It is so delicate and symbolic of the promises that we made and kept 13 years ago. The only reason I wanted a baby girl was to pass the ring down to her when she turned 16. I have two beautiful and amazing sons (5 months old and 3 years old) and maybe one of them will give me a granddaughter one day. 🙂

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    megan says:

    My engagement ring. The diamond is a testing diamond from my husband’s late grandfather, a jeweler. I wouldn’t want just any diamond when I have a sentimental one specially selected for my husband’s future wife. 🙂

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My pearl necklace is the most “beautiful” piece of jewelry I own because of what it represents.  My husband (then boyfriend) gave it to me on our first Christmas.  He used ALL his money to pay for it.  We were just starting out then.  I cherish it and reminds me of how far we have come.

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    Hedy says:

    I used to own a wonderful antique locket that belonged to my mother. It was old-fashioned and pewter made in Germany. I never held any actual pictures in it because I didn’t want to cut up old photographs of her. When she passed, I handed the locket over to my sister, who had a much harder time dealing with her death than I did. It still brings me comfort to know it’s in the family and will eventually be passed down to my daughter. 

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    Jenny says:

    When my nonna passed away in 2012 she left me one of the rings that she wore daily. It’s not something that i would wear on a daily basis like she did for a variety of reasons, but every time I need her strength and courage with me i wear it. She was an amazing person and so brave and that’s beautiful to me.

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    Shary says:

    My most treasured shiny piece of memories is a wedding ring that was 5 generations old. When my mom passed, it was given to me. It was made of gold and was so old that it was very soft, and had tons of dents and scratches that I think gave it a ton of character. Unfortunately it was stolen, I have pictures of me wearing it and think of all my family memories that were attached to it..

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    sam says:

    My grandmother’s diamond engagement ring – its at least 70 years old and I get compliments every time I wear it. 

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    Kelsi says:

    The most beautiful piece of jewelry I own is my wedding ring. My husband picked it out completely on his own, making it that much more special! 

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    Lindsay Bourcelot says:

    i would have to say although i love my wedding ring and all that it symbolizes, a pair of chandelier earrings my husband gave me last year for christmas. he usually doesn’t buy me much jewelry and picked them out on his own. it was a rough personal year for me and he worked to make christmas time extra special. i had several gifts each with a theme and the earrings were for “soul” because he jokes that i am an old soul. every time i wear them i get compliments and i think of how sweet and thoughtful he was that year.

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    Lindsey says:

    so hard to pick just one. My favorite pieces are those handed down from my grandmothers and my Mom. Pieces that are truly unique and have such a beautiful history being worn by amazing woman, they remind of my heritage, of the challenges that these strong female role models overcame, and make me feel stronger just by wearing them. I hope that one day I have a family member that will look on some of my favorite finds the same way, and major kudos to Rachael Ryan for making the kind of pieces that will turn into timeless heirlooms.

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    Samantha S says:

    Two Christmases ago my grandmother gave some of her jewelry to my sister and I. I inherited a thin gold chain bracelet my mom wore as a baby–it’s only a little thicker than a hair, and still fits around my tiny wrist–and a small cameo pendant from my grandmother. Family lore goes that her family lost most of their wealth in the devastations of WWII Italy, so that this piece survives is amazing to me. Neither of my grandparents talk about their childhoods much, so I like to imagine my grandmother wearing the necklace as a young woman and gallivanting around Genoa.

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    Nikki says:

    The most beautiful piece of jewelry I own is a pair of amythest and diamond drop earrings that I got for Christmas, this year.  My husband and teenage boys picked them out for me at the jeweler’s together.  After all of our gifts had been exchanged, opened, and enjoyed, my husband said they had one more for me.  I started crying when he handed me the box, because I knew it was jewelry from the size.  Not only are they beautiful, the most beautiful part for me is that earlier this year I had told him how giving jewelry to a woman is the most intimate gift you can give–you are telling her she is beautiful and deserves nothing more than something gorgeous meant solely to ornament her, that you’ve thought about her and picked out something special because it’s beautiful and she’s beautiful and you want to give it to her…and when he gave the earrings to me he said that he wanted something “beautiful, and sexy” and he smiled when he said that they fit me perfectly.

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    Lynda Del says:

    My mom had given me an 18K gold nugget cross pendant for Christmas and I love how beautiful and dainty-looking it is when I wear.

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    Melinda KE says:

    I have a beautiful heart necklace with opals and simulated diamonds that I LOVE! I was finishing up my christmas shopping and it caught my eye as I was making my way through the store. It was so sparkly and I loved the color of the opals…there’s just something about opals that draw me in! I must have paced around that jewelry counter for at least twenty minutes before I asked to try it on! I was worried that it would be too expensive, but it was on sale for 60% off…it was meant to be! Hee! Other than my grandma’s wedding band set, it is my favorite piece of jewelry I own.

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    HNR says:

    A pair of gold and carnelian earrings that belonged to my grandmother. My grandparents were very poor, but my mother always tells me how my grandmother was very frugal and savvy, and saved up for items of quality. She worked in a department store in NY for many years and I imagine that these earrings were the result of a lot of saving and effort. They are in the most unusual shape, and have little gold tassels on their ends. Definitely one of my precious possessions. 

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    Amy R says:

    My wedding ring is the most beautiful piece I own. It was a complete surprise and my husband picked it out and I love it!

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    Lauren P says:

    When I was a young teen, my dad gave me a lovely little bee pin. The bee is gold with tiny blue gems on its abdomen and white gems on its thorax. It’s beautiful in the conventional sense, but I love it because there is something so magical and mysterious about bees.

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    Jasanna says:

    I love the new earrings my husband just got me for Christmas. He was so thoughtful about them and I love all the thought behind them. 🙂

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    jane says:

    the most beautiful jewelry i own is a pair of diamond earrings given to me by my maternal grandmother for my 21st birthday. it seems that wearing diamond earrings is somehow a tradition of sorts in my mum’s family at least, my mum’s late father also gifted her with diamond earrings, and both my grandma and my mum wear theirs all the time. I like how all our earrings are similar but not the same (all tiny diamond hoops that are classic and elegant), and it’s like how we have “related” jewelry! to top it off, the pair my grandma gave me comes with detachable diamond drops! i love multi-wear jewelry, and the added meaning to this pair makes it extra special 🙂

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    Kelly Commerford says:

    I think my most beautiful piece of jewelry is an antique sterling silver and diamond ring that I bought for myself years ago. I get so many compliments on it, it’s very unique.

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    it would have to be my mother’s cameo…..it truly is a beautiful piece and she was a beautiful woman

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    Sparrow says:

    My older brother manages to surprise me with the most elegant pieces of jewelry, all without my input. This last Christmas he bought me a desert rosette, partially as a joke because it is Oklahoma’s state rock and my family and I are stationed here in the middle of nowhere for an Air Force assignment. When I wear it, I feel special and beautiful because he picked it out for me with love. The rock is so simple and beautiful. Mother nature devises the most elegant pieces. It just takes genius like yours to make them really shine.

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    Courtney J says:

    My most “beautiful” piece of jewelry is a necklace made of pearls, except they are those “imperfect” pearls that are slightly oval-shaped and bumpy. The strand looks great with many different shirts and cardigans. It is so beautiful because it’s not a regular pearl necklace AND it used to be my grandma’s. (She preferred to buy “cheap” jewelry.)

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    Alexandra says:

    The most beautiful item I know is a ruby and diamond ring given to me my by grandmother when I turned twentyone. The ruby is surrounded by diamonds and is shaped into a daisy. My Nana chose this for me as I love flowers. we are both magpies when it comes to jewellery and are very close. Whenever I look at my ring it reminds me of my grandmother and the special relationship we have.

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    Kate B says:

    It’s probably cliche to say, but it’s my engagement ring. I’ve always had this ring in my mind where the sides of the band sort of slip past the stone on the top and the bottom and hold itn place without prongs (which pus the diamond up higher away from your finger and I always thought I’d catch it on everything if it were such a high profile). It’s really difficult to find this style, as we discovered when we did a little scouting work at some jewelers, only one of whom even had a fitting vaguely like what I had in mind in a catalogue. After our visits to the jewelers (all mall storefronts in our city), I just kind of put it out of my mind, but my husband took advantage of a Thanksgiving visit to my hometown 400 miles away to drop by our family jeweler, this lovely independent shop where my dad has bought my mom special presents for the last 20 years (plus our graduation watches). My husband worked with the jeweler to custom design the ring I had in mind, all in secret and he was SO NERVOUS to give it to me. Of course I would have been thrilled with anything, but he really nailed the design I had always pictured and I am so blessed to have a lovely story attached to it that connects me with the place I grew up in and my family.

    Strangely enough, when my mother in law was traveling in Australia and New Zealand for a series of conferences, she really wanted to get me an opal ring, since opal is so popular there (and it happens to be my birthstone and is much prettier than the weird pink glass that most people assign to October). When I opened the ring that she brought back, I was FLOORED to find that it’s pretty much the mirror opposite of my engagement ring, which she hadn’t planned at all. It’s just a funny little coincidence and I love wearing the two on opposite hands for special occasions (I don’t wear the opal all of the time because it’s such a soft stone and I’m scared of damaging it).

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    cindy says:

    The most beautiful piece of jewelry i own is a necklace that says “Superhero” on the back of it. It is beautiful because it has the ability to transform any dreary day, any doubting thoughts and any boredom into something bigger and better! Sometimes it is nice to remember we are all our very own superheroes.

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    Suzi C says:

    I’m going to say a beautiful opal bracelet my mum still has, that was my Nanas. She has told me I’m now allowed to have it and I’m still too scared to put it on. It has been so beautiful to me since the day I first saw it when Nana used to wear it. 

    It’s silver and has flat circles of the most amazing opal all connected. It’s too special to wear… Oh I love it. Also I have a single silver bangle I’ve worn since 2003 (when Nana passed,,, it was hers…) and never taken it off. 

    Now I’m a mum and I know these things will be passed down to my wee girl one day too xx

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    Sharmila says:

    The most beautiful piece of jewelry that I own is not something that I’ve had for a long time. In fact, I just purchased this piece in December of 2013 in the Church of Miraculous Medal in Paris, France. I purchased two gold medals from the gift shop of the church, one for my sister and one for myself. The story behind the medals is that, it is believed that whoever should wear these medals, their most heartfelt intentions or miracles would come forward. I have purchased medals before during a previous trip to Paris with my family but this time I have a wonderful story that will always be a part of me.

    As I was leaving the gift shop and entering the courtyard of the church, a nun asked me in French if she could bless my medals. Not understanding French, I was confused and she then asked me in English to bless my medals. I’m not very religious but more spiritual and was taken aback by her warm gesture and beautiful blessing. Afterwards, I told her that I had lost 5 family members in 2013. She told me that she also lost family members last year and that they are gone but we are left with the pain. She asked me for my most heartfelt prayer intention and I told her what it was. She continued to tell me that she would pray for me everyday and she left me her e-mail and she will await my good news.

    I love jewelry pieces that have meaning because the inner qualities and stories make the piece just as beautiful as the colors, design, settings and precious metals. I am reminded of the beauty and miracles of the Church of Miraculous Medal and the beautiful blessing that I received from Sister Juliette by this wonderful medal that I have worn daily around my neck. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story.

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    Coral M. says:

    The most beautiful piece would have to be this amazing silver ring I found buried in a flea market in the South of France. I got it when I was in my late teens and have never owned another piece that special to me since. Plus, it looks fabulous on!

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    Tiffany says:

    My wedding band. We searched everywhere for a wedding band that would look nice with my engagement ring. We found THE ONE on etsy and it’s dated on the inside 1925. The craftsmanship is impressive with flowers carved all around the band and pave diamonds set on the top. You can tell someone took great care into creating this ring.

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    REGAN says:

    The most beautiful piece of jewelry I own is a pair of chintzy gold fan-like earrings that I got after my grandmother passed away. My aunt and her daughters got all of the “good stuff.” but I love these earrings so much because they remind me of my Mimi. Monetarily valuable or not, they’re a piece of my Mimi that I can wear.

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    Joann says:

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a silver ring adorned with hearts. My sweetie and I did not have much money at the time, but he spent all he had to give me this ring with great meaning towards our future goal. It is now my luckiest charm and even though it has worn away a bit, it is my most prized possession that I can never take off. 

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    Erin says:

    I have this huge gold cocktail ring that my grandmother gave me that I just LOVE. It’s actually not something I would ever pick out for myself today, but wearing it makes me feel like I’m in a different time period. It’s vintage, unique, and borderline gaudy, but it reminds me of what it felt like to play dress up as a little girl, and how amazing my mother and grandmother’s jewelry always seemed to me.

    I don’t wear the ring very often, because it’s so big, but when I do I feel connected to my grandmother in a way that I never was able to feel when she was alive. She wasn’t the happiest of people, but that ring makes me think of her in happier times. I imagine her in moments of her life when she must have felt young and beautiful, and hopeful about her future.