A Few Thoughts On why I Wear Jewelry {Day 6}

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A Few Thoughts On Why I Wear Jewelry

(All jewelry shown above can be found at Mialisia)

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I’m starting this post with some disclaimers. My thoughts about jewelry below are just that. My thoughts. If you belong to a religious group that is strictly against jewelry, I respect that! If your family is the only one in your church that does not wear jewelry, and you have strong opinions against it, I understand! I’ve gone through some long periods of NOT wearing jewelry, so I can relate to all sides here. I know I have a very broad range of readers when it comes to topics such as makeup and jewelry, so please know I’m not trying to start a debate or sway you to my thinking. 🙂 I’m just sharing my thoughts.

Probably the most common verse that is used to argue against wearing jewelry is the verse from 1 Peter 3:3-4

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

There was a point in my life that I read these verses and interpreted them very literally, meaning your adorning should only be that of a meek and quiet spirit. Then my husband and I sat down and had a good long talk about what this verse really means.

If the ornament of  a meek and quiet spirit is the only adornment, than why does it say “not putting on of apparel?” That would imply that we not wear clothes at all! We all know that God does not promote that!

I feel this verse is telling us we need to remember what is our best ornament, and the most important one. It’s what I was talking about in the vlog I made for the series a few days ago. We need to have the Lord’s spirit with us, and the verse from 1 Peter 3 tells us we need to have an ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. I truly believe that possessing the Lord’s spirit in our hearts will shine through our faces, and make us beautiful! It is worth far more to have that adornment than that of gold or silver.

However I don’t think this forbids the wearing of jewelry. That said I do feel it is important to keep it on the simpler side, which that is interpreted many different ways, and I’m not here to write a list of rules as to what that looks like exactly.

The other verse commonly used is from 1 Timothy 2:9.

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.

Again, I feel this verse is saying that the most important adornment a woman should posses concerns her spirit.

I learned an important lesson from my mom when she was passing away. She was the person who taught me to be modest, to be simpler in appearance, and to ponder and consider these things. She never wore much jewelry at all, however during the last few months of her life she started wearing some dangly earrings and some necklaces. When I talked to her about it, she told me that when you realize you are about ready to meet the Lord, some of the rules you had made for yourself as being so important, suddenly didn’t seem so important anymore.

That surprised me, and I was left to ponder on that after she passed away. I was given some of her jewelry and started wearing a cute pair of dangly flower earrings (very similar to these found here). My husband liked it, and I realized that as long as I did not set my heart on it, I had freedom to wear some jewelry. I am going to stress again that I feel like it needs to be simple. We’ve all seen ladies with so much jewelry and makeup on, you can hardly concentrate on the person’s face. Isaiah 3:16-26 seems to be a good analogy when you consider a woman having on to much jewelry.

Another verse I like when thinking about jewelry is from Isaiah 61:10.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothes me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

The Lord is talking to his church here. What a glorious thing to be covered in garments of salvation and righteousness! I find several interesting things to glean from this scripture.

First of all, this seems to confirm the verse in 1 Peter, where we are told the most important thing is to have a meek and quiet spirit. We are to be clothed in salvation and righteousness. There isn’t anything more important than this! The Lord then goes on to use the comparison of how a bride adorns herself with her jewels. I have a hard time thinking that God would use the analogy of something that he disapproves of! 

Another excellent verse is found in Exodus 35:21-22.

And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the Lord.

Why would the children of Israel bring offerings to God of gold and silver, precious jewels of bracelets and earrings and rings, if jewelry was not acceptable in the sight of God? It is something to ponder and consider.

Ultimately, I want to always be prepared in my heart to offer my jewels up to the Lord, like the children of Israel did to build the tabernacle for the Lord. These things should not stand in my way of serving the Lord, and if I find that they do, I need to lay them aside in order to focus on what is most important.

I do link to jewelry on this blog. I enjoy wearing earrings and necklaces in moderation. Please do not be offended if you are not a jewelry wearer when I suggest these things! Even though we as women have many different opinions when it comes to makeup and jewelry, these small issues should never be a dividing force between us! These are petty issues not worth dividing over. I just thought I would share my thoughts here today so you all can better understand why I wear jewelry and why I do not personally believe, when done properly, it is an affront to God.

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Today’s Challenge:

1. Get dressed!

2. Ponder, Pray, and seek counsel of your husband or father concerning these things. Ask yourself if you are willing to lay down all your accessories if the Lord called you to do it?

3. Read day six from “Frumps to Pumps

4. Sarah Mae challenged everyone to purchase a new pair of earrings, as they can inspire and help you to feel more put together on blah days. I’m going to challenge you to make, purchase, or plan to save up for a new accessory. That will look different based on who you are!

It might be a new headcovering (not really an accessory, but it is something that is outwardly seen and can boost your spirits to get a new one!)

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It could be a new belt for an outfit!

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A flexi clip for your hair! You have to hurry if you want the dragonfly clip, they are selling out fast and are only here for the month of September!

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Or you could actually get some new earrings! 🙂 I love these new Capri earrings and have been wearing them almost daily!

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For a better picture….as the one above was taken at midnight, so have mercy on me! 🙂

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Comments

  1. Caroline, do you happen to know if the Mialisia earrings contain nickel or not? Thanks!

    • All the jewelry have a mix of metals and some do have nickel but all are plated 7-14 times (high above standard) to protect against any reaction and the earring posts do not have any nickel. I hope that helps!

      • As long as the posts don’t have it, they should be fine for me 🙂 I hope to purchase a pair shortly – I just love the ones pictured!

  2. Hi ! love modest mondays! Could you do a post on what famous women/ media people you think have a good modest style, there’s so few, I would like your thoughts on that!

    • Karla,

      Hello! I’m so not into following the current media and famous people. :/ The only person I really like to follow and like her style is Kate Middleton. 🙂 That is a good idea though!

  3. I just bought some new earrings & bracelets yesterday! I tried to stick to classic pieces – nothing too trendy or gaudy – because let’s face it, no matter how much weight your gain or lose, earrings still fit. 😉 I also like how a pair of earrings can make me look and feel put together…it’s a little touch that no matter how bedraggled I am by late afternoon, earrings say “I really did bother this morning!”

  4. I agree. I think that jewelry is one of those things that should be left to the individual. For a sensitive christian it may be sin for others it is not. I think it has to do with the heart attitude behind it. If you’re wearing jewelry to show off or attract attention in a prideful manner, than that’s obviously wrong. But if you just want to feel pretty and enhance your femininity, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. sorry about your mom. 🙁

  5. My favorite earrings, scarves, and necklaces (some of my only earrings, scarves, and necklaces, actually) are fair-trade ones I have bought. 1. I know the money I spent is helping women in extreme poverty support themselves in a dignified manner. 2. Wearing them reminds me to pray for those women and others in far worse situations. 3. The fair-trade items are handmade and are likely to be more varied and/or unique. I really wasn’t much of a scarf wearer until I found these fair-trade scarves, but now I use them fairly regularly.

  6. Hi Caroline. I was raised in a church and a family that did not encourage women to wear jewellery, especially earrings. Now, though, I have arrived at much the same conclusions you have and am grateful for this thoughtful and considered post. I’m going to share it with my mum! 😉 I wear necklaces and bracelets sometimes and agree with what you’ve said before about the little touches often being what make us look, feel and even act more feminine! Thanks again for this series. I’m new to your blog and am enjoying it very much. x

  7. Hi Caroline,
    Beautiful post. Thank you for all of the thought and work you put into it. I noticed the link for the head covering and was wondering, if you don’t mind sharing, what your thoughts were on wearing one? I think that it was you that mentioned in a previous post that you used to wear one but don’t anymore. There are so many conflicting opinions on it that it really does make one’s head spin thinking about it!

  8. Another interesting thing about the 1 Peter 3 verses is that if you look at them in context, Peter is especially addressing the need for virtue and moral character in wives whose husbands are non-believers. This applies to us all of course! But it’s interesting to look at the context of the verses.

    That women of the Word would be opposite of women of the world. That we are not to wear our jewelry, clothes, makeup, etc for the purposes of vanity but that God looks at the heart so that should be our biggest concern! Then Peter draws the conclusion that the biblical way that a believing wife honors her unbelieving husband and her beautiful spirit may win him to the Lord. Love that!

    I don’t have a problem with people wearing jewelry. I don’t wear it a whole lot but that’s because I’m pretty basic with my outward adornment 😉 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, they’re Scripturally spot-on.

  9. I wish that my husband didn’t look at the scripture literally. I miss wearing earrings. Since we have been born-again, he wanted me to wear skirts and not wear jewelry or makeup. The skirts I agree with but the jewelry and makeup I do not agree with. I pray that one day he will realize the real meaning of the scripture.

  10. I think jewelry is beautiful. It’s not my personal style (I do wear a Cross & Wedding Ring), but I admire it on others if it’s well done.

    I agree with you that it’s quite appropriate as long as it is done within certain parameters (like not spending too much money on your own “look” that would be better shared with the poor)

    But, I’m not sure that I agree that God wouldn’t analogize to something he disagreed with. How then do we interpret the parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16), or St. Paul’s analogy to the “man running a race” (in his days, races were usually run in the nude, as a part of a festival to Pagan idols).

    I’m not sure that we can argue that the Bible endorses everything it analogizes to.

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