Using jewelry or small accessories to represent your hometown is a great way to keep your origins close to your heart wherever you go. The personal effect of jewelry matches the nostalgic feelings that our hometowns give us and can symbolize why your hometown means so much to you.
Here are a few ways you can do this:
- Symbolism and Flag Colors
When shopping for jewelry, be on the lookout for jewelry with patterns or designs which symbolize something associated with where you come from. For instance, TrueFacet sells many Hermes watches and patterned bracelets with snowflakes, bike wheels, ribbons, and other motifs. You could use a seashell to represent a coastal town or a leaf for a forest area. If there is a certain landmark or industry associated with your town which means a lot to you then you can incorporate that into jewelry too. When somebody asks you about your jewelry, explain to them what the symbolism means to you and why you chose it to represent your hometown. It makes for a great icebreaker and a way to introduce yourself. Antique Jewelry University has a whole list of symbolism commonly used in jewelry.
You can also choose jewelry in flag colors and combine it with symbolism for a double affect. Red white and blue or other country flag colors are obvious choices but don’t forget about state or city flags too.
- State or City Jewelry
If you want to wear something that will instantly made sense to others, try some state or city themed jewelry. There are many necklaces and brooches on sale in the shape of various states or you could make some yourself as a DIY project. TwoTwentyOne has a tutorial on how to make a necklace of your own. You could also pick up something unique from a local souvenir shop. These items have a reputation for being cheap and tacky but you can still find nice items in some places.
- Local Charity Wristbands
You probably already have a few rubber charity wristbands stashed away somewhere. Not only do they come in nice colors and match most outfits but they also show support for your favorite causes. Wearing a wristband for one of your town’s local charities or some jewelry made for a charity sale is another way to represent your town, especially if it was a charity or cause you were personally involved with or raised money for. Not only will this remind you of the work you did and give you a souvenir of your town but it could raise some awareness of the cause at the same time. Wear your charity bands with pride and start conversations about them to further the cause.
- Event Pins
Next time you go to a local event, whether it’s a gig, a festival, or even a poetry slam, grab some free pins, badges, or other souvenirs made to promote or commemorate the event and use them to accessorize your outfits. You can put them on bags, coats, and shirts. As well as being a unique accessory, it will help you remember good times in your hometown with your friends and create a talking point when people spot it. For a bonus effect, see if you can find some vintage pins in a garage, attic, or thrift shop and wear a piece of your town’s history and heritage. Old pins might even be worth a bit of money so check out the price guide at Kovels.com.
- Hometown Styles
If there is a particular style or accessory that was popular in your hometown or is associated with it, or even if a popular fashion icon came from your hometown, then this can be another way to represent it. For example, hipster clothing in Brooklyn or gothic Lolita style often seen in Japanese street fashion. A throwback to a look that was popular in your town can help you carry the memories of it with you. Even if you don’t wear the style yourself, you can still use a small accent with your jewelry to represent your hometown pride. You could use a black lace ribbon to represent Japanese gothic Lolita or a punk accessory for Great Britain. Even traditional items from your relative’s or ancestor’s home countries can work. If you can find vintage or antique items then this is even better.
When representing your hometown with jewelry, there is a lot of room to be creative and unique. Not only does it feel personal and patriotic but when you go somewhere new, it can start a conversation about your roots. Try out some of the ideas listed above or think up some of your own, perhaps even making your own jewelry, and you will be repping your hometown with style.