I can still remember the moment I realized I couldn’t wear dangly earrings as I always had. I was lucky I’d gotten away with it as long as I did. My three-month-old daughter reached up and grabbed the bottom bead on one of my favorite pairs. As she started to pull it, I realized my dire circumstances and grabbed onto her hand to hold it in place. As luck would have it, she hadn’t done much damage. I quickly removed them and reserved my dangling earrings for my evenings out.
That’s how I learned that lifestyle matters when you choose jewelry. Active women need to stay focused. So whether you have young children, spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, play sports, garden extensively, or travel the world, you don’t want your jewelry to catch on something (or get grabbed!) and interfere with your activity.
Some active women reduce the risks by not wearing jewelry except possibly their bridal set or wedding band. But I love a challenge as much as I love jewelry, and I made it my mission to find fuss-free styles I could wear all the time.
After my experience, this was a no-brainer. Of course, there’s still a chance a baby may grab at one, but I had no problems wearing studs. Small diamond or gemstone studs work well. Here are some 14K gold suggestions.
Bracelets and Rings
As long as a bracelet fits close to the wrist, you can wear it. I put away my oversized bangles and chain bracelets because they caught toys or, worse yet, my daughter’s hair. Then, on a trip to Mexico City, I had the good fortune to find two bracelets — a cuff and hinged bracelet — that fit my wrist and stayed put.
This was a game-changer. These bracelets went on and off easily without catching on anything. Since I’m somewhat obsessive, I looked for coordinating right-hand rings — but without diamonds, unless they had a low profile bezel or were gypsy set. And with stackables so popular, you can create an easy-to-wear personalized look. Here are some inspirations — some trending, some timeless.
If you want to add a touch of bling, choose a lower bezel or gypsy set. You can also find numerous bezel-set stackable rings that work too.
If you’re headed off to the beach, here are two colorful and very affordable silicone stacks that can make building a sandcastle and anything else that comes their way.
Save your long strands for the evening or office, and I avoided pendants unless they were petite. Instead, when around young children, playing a sport, or hiking, choose necklaces and chains that fit close to the neck. All of these would work well as layering pieces for the office.
Bottom Line — or Neckline
I love jewelry, and I’m always wearing some style. Sure, I keep my dressy styles for those occasions, but whatever you’re doing, we offer trending and classic jewelry that will work for you. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!