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11 Nov '16

"Ying Yu" Jewelry Box

Posted by Ying Yu Jade

Blog readers often ask me "what's in MY jewelry box?". What kind of jewelry do I like to wear?  And what kind of jade do I like to wear?  I personally have at least 100 jade bangle bracelets.  Every time I shop for jade in China, and later when I take the jade out to get photographed and listed, I tend to hoard certain pieces, even if they are not my size. 

I also like "regular" jewelry, and have a considerable collection of necklaces, pendants, bracelets and odd one-of-a-kind pieces I buy at street fairs, things that are made by jewelry lovers.  And when I travel, I always purchase at least one item as a special reminder of the trip or cruise.

When I lived in Tucson, Arizona, it was before I knew about jade, and I was enthralled by turquoise, and the turquoise and silver jewelry made by Native American people.  I loved exploring the desert, driving through the mountains, wandering in areas that had interesting rocks.  And that's where I found the genuine, hand crafted turquoise and silver pieces I just couldn't get enough of.

I've been working on downsizing my life, especially after the storm damaged our home and we had a new one built the summer of 2016.  Furniture, clothing, home goods and nick nacks have been sorted through and downsized, some of it was very difficult, but necessary.  So now I'm downsizing my jewelry box.  Not only my "regular" jewelry, but also jade bangle bracelets.  Some of my hoarded jade bangles aren't even my size, but I love them.  And I know they should be on a wrist, not in boxes and  that I will never actually wear.

So I'm slowly adding jewelry to the "Ying Yu Jewelry Box Collection".  Most of it is vintage, and it's mostly unique.  And priced to "share" with you.


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