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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Southern Charm: A Closer Look at the Gates of Charleston

Have you ever been strolling around downtown Charleston and noticed the pretty iron gates outside the historic homes? This detailed iron work can be seen on railings and fences leading to private lush gardens in the downtown area. These beautiful little symbols have become quite popular when it comes to jewelry. Today, I'm sharing with you the classical gate pendant paired with a Charleston rice bead necklace from Gold Creations, a fabulous jewelry store celebrating forty years of business in the Charleston City Market. 

I love the look of modern elegance created when the gate pendant and rice bead necklace are paired together. I'm really into layering necklaces these days, and this was the perfect piece to layer with a long simple chain. I wanted to showcase this necklace with two different looks. One is a simple southern look for early fall (in the south, since it's still hot) and the other is more of a city chic look that can be worn into the evening as the cooler weather slowly approaches. 

Look 1
First up is more of daytime look, perfect for a Sunday afternoon around Charleston. I bought this off the shoulder dress and it needed a little something in the accessory department. I decided to layer my gate pendant and rice bead necklace with a simple silver chain, adding another dimension to the ruffled neckline, and creating a casual look with a southern flair. 

Look 2
Oftentimes I get frustrated when I'm digging through my closet and  I "have nothing to wear." Typically when that happens, I turn to something black. It's chic, it's classic, it's sexy, and there is no struggle with what to pair with it. However, I do like to add some sort of pop when wearing all black, either with big earrings or a statement necklace. In this case, the classical gate necklace with the rice bead necklace was the perfect pop of silver to break up the all black look. Throw on a blazer with this for a professional work look, and then lose the jacket and put on some booties and dramatic lips for a little happy hour afterwards.

The classical gate pendant that I'm wearing is one of the most iconic styles of wrought iron gate features. It's made of sterling silver with a high shine finish and is available in three sizes at Gold Creations. The rice bead necklace that I've paired it with is one of their top-selling necklaces, and is available in three widths. 

Next time you're in the City Market area, stop in Gold Creations and experience a little southern charm, and maybe even leave with a little piece of Charleston around your neck. 

*The Gates of Charleston pendant and rice bead necklace were given to me by Gold Creations, however all opinions are my own.*


  1. ahhh i love those necklaces! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. You did a great job with this post! Love how you wore the necklace.

  3. great picks!! so beautiful!

    love the blog girl! if you get the chance i'd love for you to check out mine and give me your opinion on it! it'd mean a lot! :)

    love, rach.

    1. Thank you! :) I will check yours out as well!

  4. Enjoyed your post immensely. Great job and love the jewelry!

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