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Jewelry over 55


Check it out–a multi strand, gold and silver bracelet from J.James in Sonoma spotted by one of the Bellas last week while the three of us were doing one of the things we love doing the most: admiring clothes and jewlery.


And check out the closure? It’s magnetic! The two ends get just barely near each other and they’ve embraced. Like love at first sight.



This bracelet went from being admired to being purchased. Here it is mixed in with the bracelets Bella Marj was wearing already. A perfect blend, right?

Different bracelets with different textures all living in divine harmony. When I look at this bundle, I can’t imagine life before the new addition!

The ease with which this bracelet closed got me thinking. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve certainly taken note about how easily a necklace fastens…or doesn’t. We don’t all have dressers like characters living in the PBS series, Downton Abbey. We may have someone who will answer us if we call out, “Honey, can you help me with this?” But even if we do live with someone, they aren’t always around when we’re getting dressed.

If I am going to attach myself to a pro-fashion crusade, it might be curating a jewelry collection with easy closures so women over 55 can get them on and off with little to no effort. I wonder how many necklaces or bracelets are living in jewelry boxes not being worn because they are too hard to manage?

Last week I was helping a client who wanted to edit her wardrobe so her closet was more streamlined. “No one needs this many clothes,” she said. While reviewing pants, jackets, and tops we would come across something she wanted my ideas about how to wear it. Some things she’d never worn! So I got busy and created lots of new outfits and finished them from head-to-toe with shoes, outerwear, and accessories. She was delighted to see her “old” things arranged in a “new” way.

She’s a septuagenarian and this issue of closures came up. When I handed her a necklace to adorn the neck edge of one of her jackets, she had a bit of a hard time with it. “This necklacs is just not suited to my elder fingers,” she said.

Elder fingers. I loved that term. I think my fingers went from post-nubile to elder about 10 years ago. But my love of accessories and my desire to wear an outfit well-suited to my personality and style has never aged. Some of my clients are just waking up to their style in their fourth, fifth, sixth or even seventh decade. I want adornment to be easy for them!

Easy to manage jewelry. Anybody want to join this fashion revolution? Or is it an evolution? Have you had problems with your jewelry? What lines have you found to be elder fingers favorable? Please share!


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  • Reply
    November 5, 2016 at 4:52 am

    I have good success by closing my necklaces – like my bras – in front of me, under my chin, and turning them around when closed. So I can control it in the mirror and have an easy go.

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      November 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Great tip!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Debbie Klausing
    February 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I make jewelry and have been making necklaces that can slip over my head and even be doubled. I can still manage clasps fine, but since I can only wear sterling silver or gold, I am making things more often that require no clasps. How about stretch bracelets? Although I haven’t been a fan in the past due to worrying about breakage, I am trying to change my mind. There is also memory wire, which can be used to make fun bracelets and very easy to put on. Lariat necklaces have closures in the front, another idea. Just throwing it out there for ideas.

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      February 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      These are great ideas, Debbie! I have changed my mind about elastic bracelets as well. I think they can work. Also, I have seen bracelets that have magnetic closures which are great too! I love your ideas!

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    May 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I have a difficult time with lobster clasps on bracelets and just recently found out about a fantastic aid. Take a large paperclip and open it out, you can trim one of the sides just above the bend, then hook that through the link you want to connect to. You can hold this in your palm and hook it up with the other hand. I have also gotten magnet clasps added at the jewellery store, so handy.

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      May 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      These ideas are terrific!!!!! Thanks for sharing them, Diane. I’m reaching for a paper clip right now!

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    September 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I have put magnetic clasps on some of my necklaces because lobster clasps –especially on fine chains–can be so difficult.
    I have found that most add-on clasps won’t hold if the necklace is very heavy.

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      September 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Great tip, Sue!

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