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For most of her life, Terri Davis Stafford was indifferent about jewelry. “I feel it wears me instead of me wearing it,” she says. “I don’t have a long swanlike neck or any of that.” That changed dramatically a few summers ago when Stafford caught the vintage costume jewelry bug from fellow interior designer Anne Coyle, whom she worked with for a while. “She had some lovely vintage pieces hanging in her closet,” says Stafford. “She has an amazing eye.” Coyle encouraged her to wear it out, and soon Stafford was buying her own pieces at vintage stores. She immediately experienced the power of bold jewelry. “Everywhere I went, everyone said, ‘Where did you get that? I want it.’ I ended up actually selling pieces off my body,” she says.