I know big jewelry is popular right now, particularly the "statement necklace."
(Actually, I have no idea what is popular, but I see a bunch of women wearing necklaces that would easily fit in with an African tribal dance, so I figure people probably like that kind of stuff right now.)
As a kid, however, I remember hearing a heated discussion about how ugly big jewelry was. I remember mentally nodding my head emphatically, even though I didn't have an opinion until that moment. Let's face it. I'm a follower.
I went home thinking, "Wow, I'm glad my mom doesn't wear big, ugly jewelry."
Over the next few weeks, I started to notice that no matter where we went, I would have easily won the argument, "Oh yeah? Well my mom's jewelry is bigger than your mom's jewelry!"
At first, I was mortified. She basically had a giant medallion hanging around her neck. It looked like she had won an Olympic sporting event.
Then, I realized that I had survived until now without anyone pointing out how bad it looked. I noticed that my mom had the panache to really work it in Costco-sized costume jewelry, and I figured that I should be proud rather than looking for a hole to crawl into.
Later on, I remember hearing her talk about her necklaces, saying she didn't think it was worth wearing anything if it didn't "make a statement."
There you have it.
My mom is a trend setter ...
And her jewelry is still bigger than your mom's jewelry.