Unexpected Treasures

Unexpected Treasures

I thought I’d share the story of this necklace today. Not because it’s important but because it might be something you haven’t thought to do. My husband thought I was out of my mind, but that’s nothing new.citrine and sterling necklace on marble counter

I spied it in a jewelry store window in Port Townsend, this past summer. It was a quick overnight stop on our way to Canada. The weather was drizzly and not overly warm so after settling the trailer, we wandered into town for some clam chowder and a glass of wine. Neither of us feels like cooking after driving for 7-8 hours.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing cream and gray for fall

I’ve been wanting to add some vintage necklaces and pins to my collection so when I spotted this in a store window I couldn’t resist going in. The store was closing up so I was only able to try it on for a moment.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing cheetah shirt and sand pants in a casual look from Chico's

The construction is unrefined, the stones are unmatched citrines and the metal is rustic sterling. Nothing even close to what I wear or own. It looked old so I was surprised to learn it was new. When I asked the price, I thought she said several hundred dollars which I couldn’t justify as a fast purchase in a color I never wear. I don’t own anything in yellow. Not. One. Thing.

We boarded the ferry to Victoria the following morning. I’d wanted to get another peek at this necklace, but it’s not easy to park 47 feet of SUV hauling a trailer on a narrow main street. After about 20 minutes on the ferry, I knew I had to have that necklace.


I used my phone to look up the telephone number of the store up and gave them a  call. I described the necklace and the gal on the phone remembered me and the necklace. I asked her to please charge it to my credit card and mail it to my home.

No problem, easy peasy. When she added it up, including shipping, the price was less than $90. I’d heard her wrong the night before. The funny thing is I still wouldn’t have bought it earlier because it hadn’t become an obsession, yet.

It was another 5 weeks before we got home, but I hadn’t forgotten about my necklace. I put it right on and have worn it many times since. It fills a neckline beautifully and is chunky enough to make a statement. The citrines are varying shades and none are too yellow.

I’ll continue to keep my eye out for vintage pieces but I won’t rule things out strictly based on color anymore. Maybe I’ll even try a yellow sweater…then again, probably not.

Have you ever purchased things on vacation and had them shipped home?

BTW-  shipping things home also works wonderfully for things that are too large to fit in your suitcase while on holiday.




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  1. October 1, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    The necklace is gorgeous! We’ve never had anything shipped home, but perhaps we should have. I’m reminded of the time when we bought a small, lightweight lamp in South Korea, took it back to Japan where we were teaching for a year, and then eventually brought it back to Canada with us!

  2. Anita
    October 1, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Jennifer, I am interested in whether you ever wear color. I applaud your neutral wardrobe, but am interested in what colors you think suit you and whether you have plans to incorporate color into your looks. I love textiles and color and am interested to hear how you think color can be used.

    • October 1, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      I do wear colors but find them much more memorable so not as easy to repeat on a daily basis. My own coloring is very soft so strong colors over power me easily. Neutrals are just so easy and I find them elegant. That said, I’m incorporating more color into my wardrobe than ever before lately. I used to wear black. All the time. Color is a tonic for the spirit and a great tool for our moods.
      Interestingly, my home is styled in neutrals, as is my car 🙂

  3. Diane B
    October 1, 2019 / 7:55 am

    I love your story. You must follow your heart, otherwise you will be looking for a replacement for it and never win. I fell in love with a ring with a rather rare stone on a cruise once and went back to visit it several times before I finally bought it. The thought of missing out on that would be sad, as I really love the ring and will always have it as a reminder of a fantastic time. I have in past thought I really don’t “need” something and end up wishing I had just bought the item. Now when we travel, if I can’t stop thinking about the item, I get it and have never regretted it. Your necklace looks great with all your looks.

    • October 1, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      I often tell my husband that jewelry is not about need, it’s about joy! I’m glad you got that ring.

  4. Martha
    October 1, 2019 / 6:18 am

    Know it was probably a post somewhere along the way, but can you share details about the clothing in the photo with cream colored light weight cardigan, whiteish top and gray pants? I am sometimes (okay, often) obsessed with many different things much to my daughter and husband’s dismay!!

  5. MRSBEN2
    September 30, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    Do love your necklace Jennifer as favour vintage and artisan vibe jewelry. Re shipping of items while on vacation have done it several times though admit one time purchased an expandable duffel bag for a plush animal I purchased for a niece of mine that I couldn’t resist and would have cost more to ship, than its price. -Brenda-

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      That’s hilarious Brenda 🙂

  6. JudyChace
    September 30, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    That necklace is worth it’s weight in gold (silver!). As a woman of a certain age, I am told that v-necks are what I should be wearing, but I always feel so bare, I won’t/don’t. This necklace is a perfect fill-in piece. Lucky you – and I can understand your obsession to have it.

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      V-necks are my favorite and the most flattering on many women. Perhaps you can find some high V’s that don’t feel revealing. I’ll look for some!

  7. Karen Gaston
    September 30, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Jennifer, I was laughing out loud on your story, especially when you got on the ferry and knew you had to have it! So funny to end this evening…..Yes, your necklace, with the tiered design and antique silver, is gorgeous.
    I also thought your lip color with the black jacket was awesome. My story takes us to Kona, Hawaii. The necklace I loved the salesperson was wearing over a black shirt. It was two piece moonstone pendent hanging on white quartz. It cost $195.00. We had two kids in college and I said no thanks. After our plane ride home, I called her and ordered it. At that point, I had to pay shipping, but I was stricken with the thought I had to have that necklace! Looks very nice in my new, large black jewelry box from Amazon!

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      Now I’m laughing out loud! Bravo Karen. That necklace sounds worth every penny you paid in shipping 😉

  8. Eileen
    September 30, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Jennifer, the necklace is stunning. Looks way more expensive. Congratulations on not giving up on your dream.

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:51 pm

      That’s a great way to look at it Eileen.

  9. Polly
    September 30, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    Jennifer, any chance you can share where you got it? Doesn’t sound like one of a kind and I would like to purchase. Thx

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:49 pm

      I will check my CC receipts but I’m pretty sure it’s a one of a kind.

  10. Melussa
    September 30, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    Yes indeed, bought a necklace in the Frankfurt airport. Silver and small stones, very fashionable and not my usually classic style. Wear it cause constantly.

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:47 pm

      Isn’t it funny how things can surprise us?

  11. September 30, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    Beautiful necklace! I have had items torment me until I bought them and never regretted it!

  12. Laurie
    September 30, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    Useful story and your little joke about husband thinking you are crazy ‘is nothing new’ cracked me up!

  13. Katrina
    September 30, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    Love the story AND the look!!! Do more of this. Most of my jewelry & home decor have a family or a travel story behind them. So meaningful!

  14. Ellen Greene
    September 30, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    Citrines are my absolute FAVORITE, and that necklace looks stunning on you!!!

    • October 1, 2019 / 8:45 pm

      I didn’t realize how much I could like citrines:)

  15. September 30, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    I have shipped lots of items,especially from Europe when the item is too big to carry about, or I just don’t want to fool with it. Treasures are treasures from anywhere and need to go home with you. if sometimes,there are constraints on packing,etc and shipping is great! Thank goodness for UPS,Fedx ,etc. Worth the price many times over!

  16. Linda Todd
    September 30, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Love the necklace . Well done deciding to buy it. Shipping things home – yes, a mask from Venice, a couple of years ago, but on a recent Baltic cruise we both fell in love with the beautiful reindeer hides which where on the back of the couches in the forward lounge on the ship. I found one I loved in Oslo and bought it. I then asked about shipping but the salesman showed me how to pack it in a small carry on bag, so we carried it home. We still love it.

  17. Eve
    September 30, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    There is a reason why we are drawn to certain things. It might be an emotional response from something we loved in our childhood but whatever it is, we should follow our heart. Whenever I give in & buy whatever it is, it always turns out to fit right in with my other things.

  18. Pam Sledge
    September 30, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    Love that necklace.

  19. September 30, 2019 / 10:46 am

    I too “get it”! Unfortunately I’ve lost out on several pretty finds while traveling, because I Needed to think about it overnight….then it’s gone! I’ve learned the lesson.
    The necklace is really versatile, I can see. You might wear these pretty varied stones with blues, black, or brown family, like caramel. Stunning with your white sweater! I love it!

  20. Angie
    September 30, 2019 / 10:25 am

    I love your new necklace and it goes with almost everything. I do that with clothes and jewelry all the time, then don’t buy it and after I get home I wish I had. Then I have to order it online because the stores I shop at are at least 1 hour away.

    • Sharon
      September 30, 2019 / 3:51 pm


  21. Virginia
    September 30, 2019 / 10:16 am

    Check out Heidi Daus jewelry for beautiful statement jewelry. I have about 100 of her pieces. You can purchase off her website or HSN tv shopping channel. She uses Swarovski crystals in many of her pieces. The colors and designs are gorgeous.

  22. Kate
    September 30, 2019 / 9:39 am

    Very pretty! The colors are subtle enough to wear with so many outfits. I also love the lipstick in the first photo. Would you share the brand/color?

  23. Jackie
    September 30, 2019 / 9:35 am

    I love love love this necklace, and the shipping option. As one who has been obsessed by the elusive missed opportunity, I get it!

  24. Joanna
    September 30, 2019 / 9:18 am

    It’s a beautiful necklace! Old would have been nice but does that really matter? What you love does and you clearly loved this piece. I think you’ll wear it often. It would look fantastic in the neckline of a leopard print dress. Or, that LBD.

    My husband & I travelled by Harley all across the US and Canada. When we first bought it, I only bought a print that could sit on top of our clothing bag. But then, some helpful person in a store in a Texas said “We Ship”. Music to my ears! Why hadn’t I thought of that? When I got home that year, it was like Christmas.

  25. September 30, 2019 / 9:12 am

    Jennifer! I’m in Port Townsend right now and would love to visit that shop. Is it on Water St ? We’re staying at the Palace Hotel and I bet it’s walking distance. Would you please share the shop name? Thanks, Judy

    • September 30, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      Lucky you, it’s such a fun town. I’m not sure of the name but it’s just down from your hotel on the same side of the street.

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