The One Thing I Stopped Buying When I Turned 30


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If you remember, we've discussed the hot topic of what to wear (and not to wear) after age 30 in depth. But I can say from experience that something shifted in me when I turned 30, sartorially speaking—I began to think much more carefully about the longevity of the pieces I chose to spend my money on, and I no longer wanted to settle for those that I knew I'd wear just a few times before tossing aside, no matter how little they cost. This feeling was especially relevant when it came to the jewelry I no longer wanted to wear.

Jewelry was never something I really invested in throughout my 20s. The pieces of fine jewelry I did own were all gifts, and the rest of my collection was filled with costume pieces I'd purchased for myself. But upon turning 30, I no longer wanted to fill my jewelry box with costumery. Fine metals made me feel like an adult who put thought into how she invested her money, just as with the rest of her clothing and accessories. I was ready for my jewelry collection to finally catch up to the rest of my grown-up wardrobe, and costume jewelry alone just didn't fit the bill anymore. That said, I'm not by any means discouraging anyone from wearing costume jewelry post-30. Rather, I'm simply sharing my experience in hopes that it encourages others to revisit how they want to spend their wardrobe budget, whether they're approaching or have already hit that pivotal age benchmark.

As a result of my shift in preferences post-30, I find myself wearing less jewelry, in general, these days. Fine jewelry doesn't usually come cheap, so my purchases are much fewer and farther between. But I have found an assortment of cool, youthful jewelry brands that design delicate pieces but won't blow the budget.

Keep scrolling to shop options by some of my favorite fine jewelry designers.