By Tamera Adams
tadams@nationaljeweler.com

Recently, I attended and assisted with the planning of a 70s-themed surprise birthday party. It was hard to contain my laughter as I perused the aisles of Ricky's, Spencer's and other novelty shops known to carry black light bulbs, disco balls and lava lamps. But when it came to purchasing my outfit, I suddenly became apologetic for exhibiting such questionable taste.


As I approached the cashier with my cuffed thigh-high boots and hot pink, royal blue and brown shirt, I shamefully explained to her that I was going to a theme party. On the other hand, I was able to hold my head high while shopping for accessories because current jewelry trends seem to be reminiscent of the decade we were paying homage to. I simply loved the idea of being retro-modern chic.


I was blown away by the idea of slipping a necklace from Elsa Peretti over my enormous bush wig. The jewelry she designed to complement clothes from 70s fashion icon Halston is what comes to mind when I see the colorful disc pendants in her new Round collection. I was in Chicago at the time so it may have just been the wind blowing me away because after hitting the Magnificent Mile for two days in a row, I knew that I had already reached my spending limit.


But there was no need to fret—my new wooden-bead necklace and chandelier earrings with the leaf-motif were "right on." I also bought a fabric-covered bangle that probably had been in the back of a storage closet for three decades. It was hideously appropriate. Thank goodness every fashion idea isn't recyclable.






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