I’m pretty sure this guy is living somewhere in my jewelry box.

Remember that baby shower game where you got points for various objects found in your purse?  Let’s play that game with jewelry.  For every piece in your jewelry box that was made by kids, says “Mom”, or symbolizes your children (such as birthstones) you get a point.

What did your audit reveal?

5 or fewer points:

Do you even love your children?  Seriously, you must have given strong suggestions that you prefer the “good stuff” for Mother’s Day.

6-10 points: 

You have a respectable collection, but haven’t gone overboard.

10 or more points:

You win mother of the year in the jewelry department, but it’s probably time to update your look.

Jewelry, more than any other single style piece, has the potential either to date our look or bring us up to speed.  Here are some simple tips to help you decide which pieces should be retired and how to find some updates. For more great style tips and some links to incredible jewelry, visit here.

Avoid matched sets

The trend is toward a curated look that seems like it has been collected over time.  Few statements will date your style more than wearing matching earrings, necklace and bracelet.

Mix metals. 

Gone are the days when we had to pick either silver or gold and stick with it.  Current jewelry fashion is all about mixing silver, gold, rose gold and bronze finishes within the same piece.  I love this idea for the versatility it offers and also because it stretches my old ideas of choosing just one look.

Use caution with statement pieces.

If you can pull off wearing a large, chunky ring or necklace, go for it!  Just make sure you pair the piece with a classic, solid-colored garment and avoid more than one “wow” piece of jewelry at a time.  Few of us can channel Lady Gaga with class.

Please treasure your memory jewelry.  Even though I seldom wear it, my favorite piece is a necklace my son bought with his “Awana bucks” at a church Christmas bazaar.  Holding it takes me back to those sweet, simple years before he had facial hair and stinky socks.

Part of moving forward and revitilizing your life is streamlining and updating your jewelry collection. Use this guide to get started and get ready for the compliments to start rolling in.

What’s your favorite piece of memory jewelry?