Every time I purchase a piece of jewelry, I think about it’s longterm life. Buy less and spend more is my motto. The higher the quality the more I seem to wear it and love it. I credit my mom and grandmother for instilling this approach. From a young age both used to let me dive into their jewelry drawers and let me drape just about everything I could around each limb. Some of those favorites have been passed down to me, becoming the most cherished pieces in my gem box today. They come with a story, a memory and longevity that makes it worth every penny it was bought for. Most of what makes up their collections is yellow gold but the other half has a strong southwestern influence, which began thanks to my great grandmother who had a love for it. This necklace was hers and is currently on loan to me from my mom. Every time I get to wear it I think of her and how happy she’d be that I was still showing it off. It also makes me wonder, who will eventually wear my favorites years and years from now.