Turquoise, sterling silver, mother of pearl—oh my! When it comes to gold charm bracelets, I love artisan pieces with a pop of the unexpected. In particular, I like pieces that I can mix and match and ones that can be layered with all types of clothes, from casual to dressy.

For instance, I think these turquoise hoop earrings could go with so many outfits.

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So when the heroine in my latest novel needed a profession, it was fun to make her a jewelry designer. Readers can get lost in this world through my latest novel, ISLAND CHARM. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Jewelry designer Anna Worthington takes the Key West honeymoon intended for her identical twin, leading to island surprises and tropical romance but with an expiration date.

In the novel, readers get to travel with Anna (who hails from Texas) as she explores western/southwestern elements and then uses them to add her own twists to jewelry making.

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Jewelry is a passion for a lot of individuals, and it’s easy to see why. There are so many options for creating and accessorizing!

My hometown has its own artisan named Richard Schmidt, and his craftsmanship is what I used as inspiration for the types of pieces Anna Worthington designs in ISLAND CHARM. And, yes, even though Richard does not live near the coast, he still uses some coastal elements in his jewelry.

This starfish ring reminds me of something Anna would wear:

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The last cuff in this photo uses spiny oyster, a material that Anna decides to use after discovering it in Key West during ISLAND CHARM.

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Now the storyline isn’t just about jewelry. There’s more to explore in ISLAND CHARM. Here’s a full synopsis:

When Anna Worthington’s twin sister gets jilted by her fiancé, Anna steps in with a plan for a girls’ Key West getaway instead of a honeymoon trip. Yet when her twin has her own crisis of commitment and doesn’t board the plane, Anna finds herself on a romantic getaway that she’s forced to navigate alone.

Gunnar Lockhart, whose specialty is island tourism, is the perfect match for helping Anna complete her vacation bucket list, but time together forges a connection more personal than either anticipate. As they make island memories, Anna has to untangle her mixed emotions. Are her feelings toward Gunnar real? Or like her sister’s wedding day, has this connection been doomed from the start?

So whether you are a jewelry lover or a book lover, there is something for everyone in ISLAND CHARM.

Thank you to all the writers and readers at Petticoats & Pistols for chatting today. To celebrate the book’s release, I’d like everyone to think about memorable jewelry in their own lives. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF JEWELRY AND WHY? Share it in the comments below.

One randomly selected commenter is going to win a lovely summer prize: A CD that includes over a dozen e-books (including ISLAND CHARM!) that can be read in virtually any format. ARV= over $50. Learn more about the CD HERE.


Note: all photographs of jewelry in this blog post are used with permission of Richard Schmidt.

Bio: Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College and author of women’s fiction/romance. Her writing has also appeared in college textbooks, and she is a guest blog columnist with Writer’s Digest. Wick believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one. See photos on her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.

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  1. In addition to my own wedding ring and engagement ring, I really love my grandma’s wedding ring. I wear it with mine as a ring guard. Grandma gave it to me before I was engaged. She wanted me to have it because it fit me and no longer fit her. I think she also knew I would treasure it.

    My cousin doesn’t know I have it.

  2. I Loved Island Charm. This post is right up my alley. I am a jewelry lover and mostly started working in a jewelry store when I was in my 20s and started collecting it back then. I don’t really have a favorite piece. But some of my favorites are my gold Hawaiian bangles (like what you see Gwen Stefani wearing in her recent wedding pictures with Blake Shelton), they remind me of the trips I used to take. I have a Turkish (puzzle) wedding ring that was given to me by my first boyfriend when I was 16. We planned to get married, but never did. A cat coin pendant, the setting is shaped like a cat. And of course, like you have pictured, Native American jewelry. One piece was found by my ex in the parking garage where he worked. No one came forward to claim it, so building management gave it back to him. I got a lot of compliments when we went to New Mexico that year.

    • Thank you so much for the kind comments, Janine! And I absolutely love this descriptive tour through your jewelry box. 😉

      So many pieces we wear have a story, and sometimes it’s the uniqueness that makes pieces the most special to us. Continue to enjoy all of your lovely treasures!

      • You’re very welcome! Jewelry is something I could talk about for hours. I’m glad to be able to share with you and thanks for taking the time to read my comment (as long as it was).

  3. My favorite piece of jewelry is a faux pearl necklace and bracelet I was given by my mom back when I was 6-7 years old. I still have it after all these years. I have strong ties with my mom. She is the strongest person I know.

    • Pearls! Yes, Charlene, I love them too in all varieties. They’re classic but versatile and look good with so many different outfits. Hope you continue to enjoy yours!

  4. I love jewelry. I love western style and of course turquoise. My favorite is my wedding ring which I designed. It’s diamonds and sapphire and and I love it.
    What an amazing blog. I also am a CD audiobook junkie. So glad to have met you. Happy Weekend to you.

    • Tonya, we definitely have things in common! What do you think: is it possible to read too many books–or collect too many pieces of jewelry?!? Ha! 😉

      Your wedding ring sounds absolutely beautiful, and what a special experience that you were able to design it. So wonderful!

  5. I don’t ware much jewelry much anymore but my favorite piece of jewelry is a mother’s ring that my husband surprised me with years ago. I think it was because it was such a surprise is the reason I love it so much. Also love the way its made.

  6. I have a pair of ruby hoop earrings my grandparents gave me as a graduation present. I cherish them and wear them for special occasions.

    • Thanks for sharing, Emma. Yes, people have different styles and preferences, and I’m always interested in what others like. Hope you continue to enjoy your rings!

  7. Good morning! What a neat character you have developed! I love jewelry but I don’t get the opportunity to wear it like I used to. I’ve been home on disabilty since 2005 and I don’t get out much! I love all types of jewelry from dressy jewelry to western and Indian influenced. I have had 3 favorite pieces over the years. My wedding ring which we had designed by an El Paso artist after having seen an artists collection in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Another piece of jewelry was a long rope chain that had a gold nugget type charm that was melted down from my father’s broken class ring & other family random stray pieces of gold jewelry like single earrings & broken pieces. The last but not least is my father’s wedding band to my Mother that my step-mom had my birthstone mounted on. Unfortunately every one of these pieces disappeared over the years along with my class ring.
    I’d love the opportunity to listen to your audiobooks. My bff & I are addicted to them & we share them & pass them on to other friends & eventually donate them to a library when everyone we know has had an opportunity to listen them.

    • Thank you for such a lovely post! I really enjoyed reading this, especially the part about the artisan design of your wedding ring. WOW! And it sounds like you have a wonderful best friend: a fellow bookworm! Read on! 🙂

  8. My fav pieces of jewelry are my gold Claddagh ring and my Celtic cross neckless. The Neckless was my mom’s and the ring I bought on a trip to Ireland.

  9. I had 2 favorites – a red bead that had things glued on it, but never on a chain that I know of and a locket that my grandma gave me when I was a toddler. The bead my mother gave me when I was about 10 years old and she told me her mother had given it to her. Unfortunately 13 years ago our house was broken into and my jewelry can where kept my jewelry was stolen.

    • A locket: I am so glad you mentioned this! Yes, what a special treasure. Lockets are timeless and can be so unique. I am sorry to read about the theft, though, and hope that nothing like that happens to you again.

  10. I have recently had A few pieces of jewelry that I got from my grandmas made into necklaces and they’re gorgeous. One of them has a pink opal

  11. Audrey, we’re so happy to have you. I think everyone one loves jewelry. I have boxes and boxes full and most I’ve forgotten about that I’d wear more if I remembered them. Rings have never been a huge thing with me. But earrings and necklaces most certainly are. My mother only owned one necklace in her life and I have it. It’s just cheap costume but I treasure it. When I was a teen, I used my own money to buy a necklace in an antique store. I remember it was around $100 but that was a lot in those days and took me a while to save that much but the owner put it back and saved it for me. I just love it but it’s really dressy and is one that needs to be worn with an evening dress. I don’t have a clue what I was thinking as a teenager! But I bought it and it’s nestled among my treasures. My favorite everyday is a silver necklace a friend gave me and silver studs. Enjoy your visit and best wishes for your book. It looks great. 🙂

    • I appreciate those welcoming words, Linda! It’s fun to chat about books and jewelry. And I appreciate what you wrote about cost. Some of my favorite pieces are not very expensive at all. Costume/everyday jewelry can bring a lot of joy, regardless of price!

  12. My favorite piece of jewelry is my gold cross necklace that I received on the day of my baptism. I never take it off, as a reminder of my baptismal vows.
    I also make tatted jewelry, my favorite being beaded bracelets. They are quite lovely; i wish there was some way to attach a picture of them on here.

    • Sherry, I would love to see that too! Sorry, but you are right: there doesn’t seem to be a way to attach a photo in this thread, but thank you for sharing about this.

  13. Hi Linda,
    My favorite piece of jewelry is a ring my husband found for me. My birthday is in January- garnet and His- October-opal. The ring I wear has a large opal surrounded by 18 oval garnet chips. I love this ring. I never take it off and I’ve had to replace some of the chips that are lost but it’s lasted almost 50 years. We have had a long, wonderful life together and now things are slowing down but the ring has never left my finger.

  14. oh my I could not ever pick a favorite piece of jewelry – as I wear 14 diamond rings every day, then add diamond earrings and necklace too – then add 27 sterling silver bracelet (5 with turquoise, sometimes more!!) – yeah ALL worn every day unless being repairs and back on they go! I have been wearing turquoise and sterling silver pieces since the early 1970’s! Thanks!

    • You are definitely a jewelry lover, Teresa, so I’m glad you found your way to this post! Thanks for being here and sharing this. Continue to enjoy all of these treasures!

  15. Thanks for a great blog. I love, love jewelry. I have a lot of turquoise from both my mother-in-law and Taos, New Mexico. The only problem, as everyone knows, about silver jewelry is taking care of it. All of my family and friends know when they are up against the wall for a gift for me, a necklace makes me very happy. I have way too much and I really love your blog. Thanks again, and I hope you have a blessed weekend.

  16. I am lucky to have some special pieces all tied to important people or events in my life. I have a double strand Mikimoto pearl necklace that my husband gave me the first Christmas we were married – 49 years ago. ( I choked when I checked the site when I got a misspelled notice. I would definitely not have that necklace were he to try to buy it today.) I have a silver and gem stone necklace set from Bali that my uncle gave my grandmother well over 60 years ago. I have a few pieces of native jewelry from the Philippines. My husband got a beautiful Hopi inlay Sun God medallion and a fetish necklace for my birthday presents. I have some other lovely Native American pieces. I tend to buy a small piece of jewelry (and books) for souvenirs when we travel, so I have some nice, different pieces.
    Richard Schmidt has some very nice pieces in his portfolio.

    • I am like you too, Patricia: jewelry and books are my favorite souvenirs when traveling. This descriptive tour through your jewelry box sounds so beautiful. Loved reading about all of these special pieces!

    • Just realized my mistake. The Sun God piece is Zuni. I have since found a pair of earrings to match, but am still looking for a matching ring.

  17. I have a pink cross necklace that is special to me because I got it around the time I graduated high school. Thank you for the chance to win!

  18. I received a ruby ring from a very dear friend, it was her mother’s. She doesn’t wear birthstone rings and didn’t want to sell it, so she gave it to me. I do wear birthstone rings and my birthstone just happens to be Ruby. So in honor of her mother I wear it proudly.

  19. Hi, Your book sounds like a great read and your book cover is Beautiful! My favorite piece of jewelry is a birthstone cross pendant which has my daughters birthstone, my 2 grandchildrens birthstone (we have from her) and it also has our son’s birthstone and our grandson’s( our grandson we have from him) birthstone , so my cross pendant has my childrens and my grandchildren’ s birthstones. I also have a beautiful bracelet that says Granny which is what my grandchildren call me. Thank you for the chance. Have a great weekend and stay safe. God Bless you and your family. Your hometown’s artisan’s jewelry pieces are Beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Alicia! I am glad you like the cover of the book and appreciate you mentioning that. Reading about your favorite pieces of jewelry (and the representations through the stones) sounds very special. Hope you continue to wear those pieces with pride!

  20. I have so many favorite pieces of jewelry but one that is really my favorite is a gold book locket with a picture of my Grandpa and Grandma Walker in it. My Grandmother gave this to me when I was a little girl. I love this piece of jewelry.
    I love the jewelry pictured. I have always hada passion for jewelry then working in jewelry just enhanced it.
    Love book cover. Would love to read and review in print format.

    • Hello, Crystal! That piece of jewelry you described sounds like quite an heirloom. I appreciate the kind compliments as well and hope you are able to get a lot of fun reading in this summertime. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  21. I had a turquoise ring my mother bought me at some random shop when I was in high school. I wore that ring for years and still have it somewhere. There was nothing special about it. I think she only paid five bucks for it. But I loved it as I’d never worn rings before so I think that’s part of what made it special to me.

    • Kit, reading what you wrote reminded me of something I hadn’t thought about in years, which was my favorite jewelry in high school. You are right: what makes something special isn’t how much it costs. Good reminder of that in what you shared, so thank you!

  22. My favorite piece of jewerly is my engagement ring and weddiing band. It shows the committment my husband and I made to each other 32 years ago. Than you for the opportunity. God bless you.

  23. I have a pair of sterling silver hoops that a friend gave to me before she passed on when I was ill. She was a dear friend and i miss her lots.

    • Sabrina, I am sorry to read about your friend. However, your comment illustrates the power of friendship. I hope when you wear those silver hoops that you think of your dear friend! Hugs!

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