Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Some green bling to wow you on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2013

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I AM A JEANS AND T-SHIRT kind of girl woman. Casual attire defines my wardrobe.

I dislike shopping, especially for clothes and jewelry, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially my next-youngest sister. She received my hand-me-downs when we were growing up. Fashion was not my forte, she will tell you.

She would be right. I want comfort and casual in clothes and if those clothes also happen to be fashionable, well then that’s a bonus.

The same goes for jewelry. I’m your basic wedding/engagement ring, earrings and wristwatch kind of accessorizing woman. Sometimes I’ll throw a necklace or scarf around my neck when I dress up. Typically those accessories have been given to me by the daughters who have considerable more fashion sense than me.

Likewise, my husband seems to possess a certain ability to choose jewelry that appeals to me. Just look at these earrings he gave me for our 30th wedding anniversary last May.

My “Sweet Romance” 30th anniversary earrings.

My mouth gaped when I saw all this sparkly bling in my favorite color, green. I was speechless for a moment as I viewed the “gems” (no, they are not “real”) which remind me of my mother’s vintage rhinestone earrings and necklaces. I love, love, love these earrings.

However, I have nothing fancy enough in my limited wardrobe to match their beauty. But I don’t care.

This morning after church I pulled on a green plaid flannel shirt and jeans. Then I slipped designer Shelley Cooper’s “Sweet Romance” earrings into my pierced ears and thought of my sweet husband who has a knack for mostly (there was that scented hot pad) choosing gifts I love.

And what’s not to love about Cooper’s jewelry line? According to her website, this Californian…

…is a jewelry artist, designer, historian, and businesswoman who has nurtured a love of antique jewelry into a flourishing design and manufacturing company that exquisitely produces the original collections of Sweet Romance. Her designs, derived from a life-long study of antique and vintage jewelry, radiate the authenticity and spirit of many eras of fashion history.

The collection’s legacy designs enfold stories and memoirs about jewelry, the women who inspired it, and the historical times that gave it expression. These storylines illuminate the lives and times of queens and consorts, fashion doyennes and socialites, vamps and starlets, dreamers and romantics, and our great-grandmothers.

I’m no queen or consort, fashion doyenne or socialite, vamp or starlet, or even a grandma. But I suppose, as a writer, I could be considered a dreamer and a romantic. And now I have the earrings to prove it.

FYI: This unofficial endorsement of Shelley Cooper’s “Sweet Romance” jewelry line was unsolicited and written solely because I love the earrings. My husband paid full retail price for the earrings purchased at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota and Ms. Cooper certainly does not know me, a mostly unfashionable Minnesota blogger.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


22 Responses to “Some green bling to wow you on St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I love them and am sure they bring out the green in your flannel shirt!!! Beautiful!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      And the green in my eyes. Did I mention that green is my favorite color? Oh, yes, I did.

  2. Clyde of Mankato Says:

    The jewelry does not match my image of you?
    Which is incorrect?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Oh, my, I did not expect this type of comment. You are right. The jewelry truly does not reflect my down-to-earth sensible personality. So then, how do I explain why I love these earrings? Well, maybe they represent that side of me that sometimes I’d like to be, but never could be for real. Does that make sense? I do love dangling earrings of all sorts, though.

      • Clyde of Mankato Says:

        They are beautiful. In Sante Fe the native peoples sell gorgeous jewelry in the old plaza, of which these earrings remind me. One of my favorite experiences is walking the line of about 50 artisans and wanting to buy it all. I love the beauty of those people and some elements of their cultures.
        It is the dangling part that seems off, but what do I know of someone from a blog? Go get em, girl. I want my wife to try earrings like this. No chance.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        My husband, when I told him about your first comment, said it’s kind of like radio. You have a picture of the DJ in your mind and then, when you see the person, you see someone totally different than you envisioned. But I think you have, from my writing, a pretty good idea of me as a person. So I threw you for a loop with the dangling part. That’s good.

  3. Carol Allis Says:

    Oh wow … on my favorites she goes … thanks!

  4. Jackie Says:

    I am a lover of sparkly gems and jewels. These earrings are beautiful, now we just need a picture of you wearing them!

  5. Clyde of Mankato Says:

    Are they sitting on the bottom of a beer keg?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Hmmm, you have quite the imagination. Nope, the earrings are lying on a gold candle holder.

  6. Ok, I burst out laughing at the “scented hotpad” line – I received one of those from my husband once, too! 🙂 Or maybe it was even twice…

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I’ve been waiting for someone to comment on that scented hotpad. Oh, my goodness, I was NOT a happy birthday girl when I opened THAT gift. Randy never made the mistake again of buying me a scented hotpad. Now that I hear Collin did the same thing, at least once. How did you react to that gift?

      • He is an excellent gift-giver…normally…and I don’t think that either of them were the ONLY gift he gave me. (I’ve remembered that yes, there were two for sure) – one was like one of several stocking gifts one year, and one was along with a couple things from one of his trips – so it’s all okay! 🙂 I haven’t used the second one yet…maybe someday! The first one was plaid, which I LOVE…so that helped me like the gift!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I rarely used mine and wonder if I still have it or have given it away. Perhaps I can send the scented hotpad with the son for use in his apartment this summer.

      • Great idea! He’ll need everything he can get to feel homey!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I’m starting a list of all he needs. The only bad thing about getting all this “stuff” for an apartment is that three months later the “stuff” will be back in my house.

      • OH, will he be in a dorm again so not needing it?

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Not sure yet where he will be living. Very much up in the air at this point.

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