It would be hard to overstate the power of confidence. There is a reason why the image of a strong woman is so powerful, powerful enough to inspire and also powerful enough to instill fear in those frightened of strong women.
It’s because confidence is not only our ticket to a happier life, a better life, and a stronger sense of control over our own destiny, it’s also because confidence is FREE. The trick is learning how to grab hold of yours.
One of the secrets to improved confidence might be right in your closet.
Don’t believe us? Consider these three ways your jewelry is a potent tool for building confidence:
The Ability to Change
Jewelry and clothing does for us something few other things can do: it allows us to change ourselves at a moment’s notice. We all have certain outfits that only fit certain moods. We all have tops that, whether consciously or unconsciously, brighten our mood the moment we put them on, or pieces of jewelry that make us feel dazzling. Most important of all, our clothing allows us to choose who we are going to be on a moment-by-moment basis – and that is incredibly empowering.
Do we want to be a sharp, intelligent professional? An arty wild child? A demure lady with a mysterious side? Any one of a million personalities can be expressed through our jewelry and clothing, and that’s a wonderful thing.
It Can Be An Emotional Sponge
Your sense of fashion is more than the jewels, colors and patterns you drape across your body. It’s an extension of who you are. An aspect of that philosophy many don’t consider is that clothing can be used as a way to enhance or dampen certain emotions. This will sound strange, but hear us out: when a date goes badly, let your top soak up those bad vibes. When you’re feeling great, that feeling will stick with the clothing you have on. Getting rid of clothing you associate with a boyfriend gone bad helps you feel better. And so on. Makes sense, right?
We’re not the ones inventing this notion, either. There is science behind what we’re saying. A 2008 report in Qualitative Research in Psychology, for example, noted that even just thinking about certain wardrobe items could give someone a boost in confidence if that piece of clothing had previously been associated with good feelings (a promotion at work, getting compliments, etc.).
Jewelry As Memory
More than a tool for change, more than a place to deposit your emotions, in many ways jewelry is our own personal time capsule. Every piece has memories attached. Every pendant was there with you during days both good and bad; every set of earrings framed your face during moments you won’t forget. Important days, important moments, important successes and accomplishments, all of them are intertwined with memories of what jewelry you were wearing that day.
What does this mean? It means your jewelry has power in your life you probably don’t realize it has. It’s woven into the fabric of who you are. Therefore, through that power, you can tap into the same strength and spirit you had during the best moments of your life. Embrace the idea that your jewelry is a time machine and find strength in that.
The next time you open your jewelry box, closet or wardrobe, look inside and see your handmade fine jewelry and garments for what they really are: pieces of you embodied in precious metal and gemstones that are capable of helping you tap into the best part of yourself.
That’s a powerful thing.