I am always on the lookout for cool and interesting Day of the Dead jewelry. I have a growing collection at this point and pull it out every October to wear a few pieces through Day of the Dead. Not that I haven’t worn some of these pieces throughout the year…I just like to preserve most for the actual celebration period to keep them special.
Interestingly, the first place I began finding sugar skull jewelry was at Charming Charlie. I found a pair of red skull earrings with the small dangling silver chains. They had red bows on them too but I removed those – that made them a little TOO over the top for me! I also found a small pair of turquoise sugar skull earrings with fuchsia flowers for eyes. I wore these last year with a sugar skull scarf I found at Claire’s Boutique many years ago. Finding DOD items at Claire’s Boutique was another surprise store!
Charming Charlie’s has great sales on their jewelry so I always head to that section first and a few years ago I found these funky brown sugar skull earrings…the rhinestones make the skulls look like they have a body and the yellow pieces remind me of wings. I picked these up for $4 on sale – actually I bought a few and gifted some to friends who have a special interest in DOD.
The last item I found that particular day was a necklace with white sugar skulls, silver, turquoise and cloisonné beads. I like it because it’s very subtle and the colors go with a lot of things I own.
On our way back from a family reunion in New Mexico a few years ago, I hit the gift shop at the airport and found so many interesting things. The jewelry was kitschy like the black Day of the Dead stretch bracelet I picked up. I also got a few sugar skull and beaded stretchy bracelets that have turquoise accents. I generally wear these every year during our local DOD festival.
Earthbound Trading at Brookwood Village Mall always has some unique DOD items. As for jewelry, I spotted some Sugar Skull lapel pins a few years ago and bought one of each design. I left with 6 and wore them on my jacket to the DOD festival. They got a lot of attention that year at the festival!
My Frida Kahlo stretch bracelet was discovered in a little shop in Forest Park. Unfortunately, I don’t think that shop is there anymore… I love the many faces of Frida on this bracelet. I used to wear it quite a bit but decided to put it away for a while. It may be time to “resurrect” Frida…
These pieces are mainly “novelty” type items however I DO like finding interesting artistic pieces too. I’ll share those pieces and the stories behind those in a future post.