I have never been a big jewelry person. I am fairly disorganized and have trouble keeping track of my head, which is attached – so you can imagine how easy it is for me to lose small sparkly things. And it has never seemed like a good plan to invest in something ornamental that I will likely not take great care of. As I become older, though, I find that I am a bit more careful with a few pieces in particular (one of which is my claddagh, which I wear regularly).

I have been salivating for about a year now over jewelry crafted by designer Jeanine Payer – it is beautiful and intricate, and mostly she uses metals, glass and soft materials (ribbon, leather, etc.) in her work. And then, of course, there is the poetry: almost every piece in Payer’s catalog has a portion of a poem inscribed on it. Of course I love it – it only makes sense.

This is the only time in my life that I can recall truly desiring a piece of jewelry.

As one would expect, Payer’s designs don’t come cheap. Although I have trouble justifying that kind of expense for myself, the price is not actually what prevents me from purchasing a piece of her jewelry. Really, the problem is that I can’t imagine how anyone could choose just one piece. Here are a few of my favorites:


The inscription: What barrier is there that love cannot break? (Gandhi)


The inscription: I send my truth to you. (Casey Haynes)


The inscription: We know what we are, but know not what we may be. (Shakespeare)


The inscription: O if I am to have so much, let me have more! (Walt Whitman)


The inscription: If we live truly, we shall see truly. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

And this doesn’t even touch the necklaces…Sigh.

So, if someone told you to pick something from Payer’s catalog (or from these five items), what would it be?