I admit over the years I’ve become a bit of a jewelry hoarder. Much like Smaug with gold I don’t let go of what I have and I have way more than what I need. There’s so much of it in fact that I can take upwards of 20 minutes sometimes to find the right pieces to wear. With jewelry, restraint is a burgeoning characteristic that I sorely need.
Halloween themed jewelry can be very kitschy sometimes and for those of you that are into Halloween as much as I am, you’ll understand that kitsch doesn’t always go hand in hand with quality. Most of the blatantly Halloween themed jewelry that I own has been purchased at thrift stores or specialty Halloween stores during the season but a lot of it either looks cheap or feels cheaply made.
My home state, Minnesota, has two main pop up stores during the Halloween season. Halloween Express and Spirit Halloween. I bought this skeleton hand necklace at Halloween Express for $5 and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I made it a whole year with this necklace before one of the bows fell off. I accidentally placed something heavy on it and POP! Thankfully it was easy to fix with hot glue. Also the black paint that indicates the finger joints has worn off over time but it is also a simple fix.
For those of you without a Halloween Express store nearby you can buy it online here
You saw this necklace on the featured photo above. I got it as a Christmas gift from my mother and the small amount of ornate metal holding the coffins to the lace is bronze colored. Here are a few things I’d like to highlight about this necklace. Like with most chokers no matter how tight I make the clasp in the back, the necklace will sometimes move around and end up looking crooked. The lace designs on the bottom will curl up if you’re wearing a shirt with a collar and lastly, the clasp broke not long after I got it but you can easily find a replacement clasp at any local jeweler or Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics. You can find this choker here
I used to be the designated jeweler at the thrift store I worked for. My job was to dig through all of the donated jewelry to price it and place it in the show case. I happened to find this gorgeous bone necklace in a pile of unwanted jewelry, so of course I brought it home. I was annoyed by it though because the bones do not stay flat and constantly flip over. It’s a beautiful piece that you can easily make a themed outfit around but I don’t wear it often.
This necklace combo makes me think of vampires. I found these fangs on Polyvore which is an online secondhand purchasing app much like Ebay, but without the auction process. This bat necklace was part of the Forever 21 bats & cats collection from 2015 and I happened to get it in stores while it was on sale the following Spring. Unfortunately it’s no longer available except for where you can find it online.
If you can’t bring your owl familiar with to your next soiree this witchy necklace is a pretty good alternative. The chain is so long that I had to double it up in the back so it would fit on the showcase. I would say it’s about 24″ long and the chain links are very thick. It makes a great statement piece!
Even though this looks like one bulk layered necklace its actually two necklaces put together! I found the long pearl and gold necklace with peach flowers at my work and the skull with the flower on its head was found at a different thrift store a day later. I was so excited to find it because I knew they would match up perfectly. I have to be careful when wearing it though because the flowers like to flip over. If I’m taking photos with friends I have to remember to rearrange them first.
I got this wolf head and dagger as a gift for the Holidays in 2015. It is made by Disturbia’s sister jewelry line “House of Wolves” and it has a decent amount of weight to it. It says that it is available in bronze or silver but I have yet to find a silver one.
Kiki was really adamant about helping me take photos this morning so I let her be the chief manager in charge of the lens cap. Working hard Kiki, keep it up!