Another terrific post, Roberta.
Please tell us more! (as much as I'm being entertained by the grammar fight which I'm rudely interrupting ...
As I worked my way out of the depression, bling reappeared. It wasn't a conscious decision. One day as I was getting dressed, I put on a ring. Another day a necklace. Just did it. I wasn't dressed without that stuff.
Now I can't imagine going out without at least a ring. Nekkid without some kinda bling.
I know exactly
what you mean about the uplifting power of jewelry, though mine is hardly in the expensive bling!
category ... I'm more of a silver goil & also a collector of weird & wonderful pre-loved watches (which I think I have around 40 of now) ... there have been times when I've seriously considered returning home, having set off for work, after having discovered that I somehow forgot to put on some earrings/rings. Sorta feel half-dressed
It's a definite sign that I'm down in the dumps when I haven't even considered
which of my humongous number of earrings, rings & watches I'll wear before heading off for the day.
I hear you!