There’s something about big events that means they deserve to be commemorated with a big purchase, and for me, it’s rarely clothes. I love clothes but I get fed up with them; I wear things to death and then ditch them, but accessories are different. If they’re worth saving for, I keep them. Sure, I may only wear some things a couple of times a year but I always remember the provenance.

This was bought in Paris in 2007 on a press trip for a job I’d just started – acting beauty editor at Image magazine. Professionally, it was a huge jump for me at the time and I reckoned it should be marked.  So, wandering up rue Saint-Honoré, I did. I can’t remember a huge amount about this now; I’m pretty sure the brand is Pilgrim, though it’s not marked and I think it was about €80.

It’s not massively typical of the sort of stuff I go for; it’s a bead and crystal lace piece on an expandable band, all non-precious metals and plastics, but with the right outfit – clearly it’s quite statement – it’s a standout.

And this purchase kick-started an adult-y prelediction towards rewarding myself when I land a new gig or finish a big job (hey, as a freelancer you gotta get your kicks somewhere, eh?). Last year when I stepped down from Beaut.ie, I bought myself a Moxham Anubis neckpiece, and a Joanne Hynes breastplate was a self-gift for another project end. I don’t always do it – funds, and that – but I do when I can.

What about you? I know there’ve got to be a few tales of pieces that mean a lot to you – let me know in a comment, or how about snapping a pic with your smartphone and pinning to your board? Share using the hashtag #accessorymemories and I’ll share some of them soon.