I love that jewelry can be a last minute add on to complete an outfit, or something that you build an outfit around. Our fingers, necks, and wrists are the most familiar with these adornments, but there is another way that allows the rest of our body to get introduced…
I remember when I was about 10 years old, and I begged my mother to let me get my ears pierced. When she finally agreed, I was so excited to finally have two little pearl studs sitting pretty on my ears. 13 years later, and I’m still just as excited every time I get a new piercing. From personal style to personality, piercings are a way to reflect a little bit of self on the surface of the body. We all have a certain reason why we choose to get a piercing, which in turn makes them become a special part of who we are.
When I was a freshman in college, I made the decision to get my nose pierced. The semester had just started, so I hardly knew anyone at the time. I went with a girl who lived down the hall from me in my dorm who already had hers pierced, and we both thought it would be a fun but unexpected “first friend date”. That experience locked in our friendship, and this girl has been one of my best friends ever since. When I moved up to Philly after my senior year ended, we decided it was probably best to get another friendship piercing. For me, piercings aren’t just holes in the body, but ways to signify a special time in life or a change that occurs.
I know piercings aren’t for everyone – if the ear is as far as you will go, one of our graphic designers worked up this cute little diagram to help show some of the places you can pierce your ear!
I’ve really been digging the stud sets we have online right now, and these are perfect if you have multiple holes in your earlobes!
The Palmistry Earring Set is also one of my favorites. Each little shape represents one of the planetary mounts on the palm. I like to mix these in with some of our crystal studs.
The beauty you see above is Hanna, one of the jewelry buyers here at Free People. I’ve always admired her style, and she can pull off just about anything. I caught up with her to find out a little bit more about her piercings and what she does here at Free People!
What’s your favorite part about your job here at Free People?
I love being able to see the full life of the product. Whether it begins with ideas from team brainstorm sessions in trend meetings or through collaboration with market designers, I absolutely love seeing the product make its way through development and eventually (hopefully!) on the pages of our catalogs and into FP stores. Witnessing the successes of our product and having a role in that process is hugely rewarding and thrilling!
Have you always had a love for jewelry?
Oh yes. My mom is an incredible artist, and has been making and selling her own jewelry for over 25 years- we would always have little craft parties when I was growing up where she would show my friends and I how to make our own bracelets! I have always loved fashion, but she showed me how clothing and accessories can be a form of art and creative expression.
You also design some of your own pieces as well…How does having knowledge of the craft help you when it comes time to deciding what products we sell on the site?
I started designing my own jewelry (with the help of my mama) when I felt like no one else was making what I wanted to wear! Now that I work in accessories buying, I have the opportunity to collaborate with designers and our private label vendors to create styles I believe in, and that I know the FP girl would want to add to her wardrobe!
How old were you when you got your first body piercing? What was it?
I don’t think I was allowed to get my first piercing until I was 12 or 13- it was just one on each ear lobe, and I had to wait another year before I could get the second round. After that I was hooked; when I wanted to get my rook/cartilage pierced in middle school I made a Powerpoint presentation for my parents, explaining why they should let me get it done :). They were not having it, so I started piercing my own ears (and my friend’s ears) when I was 15…eeek sorry mom and dad!
What’s your favorite piece from the new collection of body jewelry we have on the site right now?
My favorite has to be the Diamond Septum Spinner by Maria Tash- it’s a stunning piece with a dripping diamond and delicate gold chain; such an unique style that I haven’t seen anywhere else, and it’s a perfect marriage of pretty sparkle and hard/cool. Definitely on my wish list!
Do you have any future piercings in store for yourself?
I’m thinking I might try to maximize my full nasal potential by getting my other nostril pierced! I think it would be really interesting to have that symmetry- and a trifecta of nose jewelry to play with!
If you could give one piece of advice to people who might be weary of body piercings, or scared to get their first one, what would it be?
You can always remove it! I love the idea of getting a tattoo, but can’t seem to commit- for me body piercings are a great, less permanent venue for self expression. And if you’re still wary about the holes, you can still get the look with faux piercings, which is why I’m so excited we have started carrying a rad selection of cuffs!
If you aren’t quite ready to go all the way and get your septum pierced, we sell a few different kind of cuffs that don’t require an actual hole! This is great if you want to test it out before committing, or if you want a removable option. Above, Madisyn is wearing the Tisek Cuff!
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