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Maybe Grandma was smarter than I thought

We recently had to go thru my late grandmother's things. Going thru her massive collection of costume jewelry was eye-opening.
I don't remember her wearing much jewelry the last 20-30 years but photos of her before that showed her with large, eye-catching necklaces, earrings, bracelets or pins. She didn't wear a lot of it, just enough to add interest.

I have her double-row, "Betty Rubble" pearl necklace.
I took it for purely sentimental reasons as I would NEVER wear a necklace that large!
Well, I was wrong in so many ways.

I have a beautiful raw silk suit in a light shade of celery that I wore with a white shell. The outfit didn't look conservative but it was missing something. For the heck of it, I tried on my grandmother's costume pearl necklace.

Oh wow!

That necklace, that I'd thought I'd never wear, had polished off my outfit. The outfit looked perfect, just making enough of a statement without going over the top. And I felt gorgeous in it!

I have a few more pieces from her collection that I now want to try wearing.
And this past weekend, I picked up a few large costume jewelry necklaces.
I want to someday have as good a costume jewelry collection as she did.

Grandma had a better fashion sense than I gave her credit for when I was a child.
Maybe I just needed to be old enough to appreciate her glamour!
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