16th Sep 2013
Jewelry Shop Talk with Amy – Part Two
Part two of our Q&A with Amy Roseveare. If you missed part one, please read it here: Jewelry Shop Talk with Amy – Part One
Q: How do you deal with jewelry lust? You know, that to die for piece you want that’s not in your budget right now?!
A: This seems to be something I deal with on a regular basis!! One of the great things about my job, is that if I find some tremendous piece, then I can often find a client that would just love it. I get the joy of seeing it go to a good home and I get to see it on occasion, which is great. Plus, it’s not on my credit card bill! I will say that I do buy myself a piece each Christmas. I call this my “boyfriend gift.” Each Christmas that I don’t have a boyfriend, I use the money that I would have spent on him to buy myself a piece of jewelry. Why should I have no boyfriend AND no jewelry? I’m not OK with that!
Q: Have you ever done layaway for a piece? If so was it worth it?
A: I have taken advantage of the “take it now, and split your payments, interest free, for the next 6 months” more than once. Totally worth it! That’s how I got my two nice watches, and a moonstone cocktail ring that I adore.
Q: Do you mix antique and modern jewelry? Any tricks to doing it well so that it’s not a hot mess?!
A: I definitely do that! I think my rule of thumb is to sprinkle in the vintage pieces here and there. So for example, I may have 5 bracelets in my stack, but only one or two are vintage. I also like to wear a very modern outfit, yet then throw on a cool vintage necklace, such as my Indian squash blossom necklace. Wearing it this way, it looks more like art than a costume.
Q: Do you mix metal tones?
A: Absolutely! My personal coloring includes both warm (eyes and hair) and cool (skin tone), so mixing metals is a great way to enhance my natural color harmony.
Q: Can there ever be too much “arm candy”?
A: Well…I have seen it overdone, but not too often. As long as I can move freely and without too much noise, I think I’m good to go. 😉
Q: Do women still wait for the man to buy jewelry for major purchases?
A: So many women do, and I just don’t understand it! I really make it a point to work with my clients on this issue. I understand if it’s a very fine piece of jewelry that costs a lot, but that’s not the norm for jewelry purchases. There is a wide array of jewelry out there. I feel women should feel empowered to make their own choices and purchases. If you find something you love that you can afford, then go for it!
Q: Are hoops always in style?
A: Yes, no question.
Q: A lot of jewelers are moving into silver – do you think that is for price point purposes?
A: I think that may be part of it, but I also think that silver looks great on so many people!
Q: What about you? Silver or gold?
A: I wear both. Part of it depends on my mood, and the rest on my outfit. Perhaps I’m wearing an all-black outfit and I want to warm it up a bit, then I pile on the gold. Some other days I’ll just be in the “silver” mood and go for that. And this may sound weird, but some days I feel like my jewelry tells me what to wear. Seriously!
Q: Do you ever fall out of love with a piece? If so, what do you do with it?
A: That’s an interesting question. I do find that I sort of go in cycles with my jewelry. I may wear a certain piece daily for a couple months, and then suddenly I’m tired of wearing it. But that’s not a problem…I just put it in its place in my jewelry box, so it can “rest” for a while. I’ll undoubtedly pull it out again, be it a few weeks, a few months, or a few years later. Recently I just started wearing a couple rings that I bought in college, back in the late 80’s! They’re suddenly all “new” to me! Luckily, jewelry doesn’t take up too much room to store, either. 😉
Q: We just recently de-accessed our fashion jewelry and are expanding our designer lines and antique jewelry that is in step with today’s fashion. Do you think fashion jewelry mixes with the “good stuff”?
A: I think there’s no other way to do it–both with accessories and clothing.
Q: Do you think brand name jewelry is worth the price as compared to designer jewelry, say Cartier vs an emerging designer?
A: This really comes down to personal style and image. Some people might love a Cartier watch because of the brand recognition, whereas others might love it just because of the design, regardless of the brand. Just as someone might love wearing a necklace by an emerging designer because it’s “under the radar,” yet someone else might love it because it’s totally their color. The bottom line is that I think people should buy what speaks to their heart and style, regardless of the label or designer. Be unique and stay true to your own style.