I own these earrings. They dangle right down to my shoulders and I’m mad about them.* (see me wearing them at the link below..)
They were purchased in one of those most satisfying fashion moments when you suddenly realise you want a particular thing and shazam! there it is, a la mode and on sale.
In this case designed by Oscar de la Renta and bought from Net-a-Porter, which has the most fantastic selection of the big, bold, bad earrings I suddenly want to wear again. (All the pictures on this post are taken from there.)
There were two separate events that led me to buying these ear decorations worthy of a Masai queen. The first was I lost my forever ear bobs.
That has been my ‘thing’ for the past – eek – twenty plus years. I would have one pair of simple gold earrings, always something small and gold dangling from shepherd’s hooks, which I would wear absolutely every day with everything. They were as much a part of me as my wedding ring.
The only time I would wear something else was big dress ups. The simplicity of the forever earrings meant they went with everything and in that time I had four pairs of them. I’d wear them for years and then the terrible day would come when I lost one of them.
I particularly remember losing one of my ‘vita’ earrings (it was written on the little gold blobs). It was September 2000 and I was running up George Street, Sydney desperate to see Dawn Fraser do her stint of the Olympic Torch Marathon. I got so hot, I stopped to tear off my jumper and my earring must have pinged out. Shame, but it was worth it. I did see her.
And I must say it still makes me well to remember that time. The scope of the Aussie torch relay was truly magnificent. It travelled over 27,000 kms, passed within an hour’s drive of 85 per cent of the Australian population, and was carried by 11, 000 torchbearers, in the longest torch relay in Olympic history.
I can only hope the London Olympics next year can come up with something equally inspiring.
Anyway, back to my earrings. Whenever I lost one like that, it became a quest to find the next Forever Earrings. The pair I had after those were my all-time favourites, but sadly I can’t remember who they were by, so when I lost them, last October, leaving them in the hair and make up room at the ABC Studios, Sydney, I couldn’t just replace them.
The odd thing about my earring shifts, was that they always seemed to coincide with big changes in my life. Almost like each pair marked a particular era for me. I lost the last pair just as my column in Good Weekend ended, which seemed very significant.
So for the past five months I’ve been searching for the new ones, but nothing is right. The only pair that came close cost nearly £1000 – reflecting the current price of gold – and I just couldn’t commit that much money to something I know I’m going to lose eventually.
In the meantime, I’ve been wearing different earrings every day, until I suddenly realised, that the search for a Forever pair is off. Different every day is my new earring mode. Just as it was back in the 1980s, when I would choose from my collection of enormous clip ons for every outfit, as an integral part of my look.
Then having re-embraced the feature earring, I realised I wanted to go large. Massive. Outrageous. Ideally touching the shoulder.
I’m loving it. When I decided to go to Paris last week, to see Collette Dinnigan’s show, that gave me the excuse to buy my outrageous red earrings.
I knew they would be my outfit. They were all I needed to add to a simple black dress, ankle boots and a me-vintage red Prada bag, I already had. The earrings made it pop.
And best of all, this new earring era has given me an ongoing shopping quest. Now which of these pairs shall I get next…?
* You can see me wearing them here on my friend Paula Joye’s fabulous new website LifeStyled. We caught up at Collette Dinnigan’s show in Paris last week and had a right old laugh.
Take a look at http://www.lifestyled.com.au/fashion/maggie-a-with-collette-d/