If you're just building your jewelry collection, you're probably most interested in getting the most bang for your buck. And that means investing in versatile, high-quality pieces that can be worn for any occasion. When choosing the right pieces to build the foundation of your collection, you should consider versatile use and timeless style. These pieces should be the stuff that you can pass down through generations without feeling too dated.
While trends change from one decade to the next, the principles of decorating ourselves with jewelry are timeless. As early as 2500 BC, ancient civilizations have been documented wearing many of the same types of jewelry that we still wear today. There are a few simple rules when choosing versatile jewelry pieces that can be worn with any outfit, regardless of the dress code.
- Simplicity is Beautiful, Take a Minimalistic Approach
- Stick with Authenticated Precious Metals & Rare Gemstones
- Choose Pieces Based on Sentimental Value (or Potential)
Jewelry has always been somewhat of a status symbol, and that is still true today. Women touting bigger diamonds are always seemingly flaunting their wealth or status. Finding the right foundational pieces for your collection shouldn't be about status, but choosing quality is always important. Here are a few pieces that will serve you well as versatile, timeless accessories.
It's been said a million different ways, but it's still true—every girl needs a pair of diamonds. These earrings are one essential piece that can go with anything from blue jeans to evening gowns. It doesn't even matter the size, shape, or type of metal that holds the diamond. A pair of diamond studs in any variety is a timeless classic and should be the first purchase for your collection that can be worn for any occasion.
Earrings, especially studs, are one of the most common pieces of jewelry. Little girls are often eager to get their ears pierced as a rite of passage. And better yet, earrings are a relatively inexpensive piece of jewelry, making them a perfect start to your collection. Diamonds are always in style, and they match every level of formality. Studs, specifically, are a classic choice because they are often small and non-obtrusive to the neckline of your gown when dressing up or the rest of the face for daily wear.
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Next to diamonds, pearls are another classic in the jewelry box that works with just about everything. In fact, southern ladies have been wearing strands of pearls in church, at tea, and in the garden for decades. Pearls are something that suggests a hint of class. Traditionally, a pearl necklace is ripe with sentimental value as the pearls are added one at a time to mark various special occasions in life.
Necklaces, in general, are a great way to add a touch of elegance to your outfit—many cultures of cherished pearl necklaces over the years. Ancient Chinese civilizations believed that pearls offered protection from fire and dragons. And many other cultures have tied them to modesty. This makes them the perfect accessory for any sophisticated woman.
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Silver Bangle Bracelet
You could go with gold if that's your metallic of choice, but keep it simple. A simple bangle bracelet without embellishments is the perfect minimalist accent that makes blue jeans look like you're trying, adds sophistication to your dressy dinner outfit, and offers a bit of something shiny for most formal events.
Bracelets aren't as popular as earrings and necklaces, but they have their place. For example, you may wear gloves in some formal settings that don't leave room to add a bracelet. But for most casual, business, and semi-formal events, a simple bracelet can be a good touch. If you want to make your bangle sentimental, bracelets have historically been tied to relationships like friendships. Consider adding a minimalistic symbolic charm or etching to your bangle.
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Hoop earrings come in all sizes and styles. While we don't recommend brightly colored and oversized ornaments of the 1980s, a classy pair of hoop earrings can go a long way with almost any outfit. Choose a silver or gold metal based on your skin tone. Hoops can be adorned with diamonds for a higher-end look, but non-jeweled hoops are great too. A good pair of hoop earrings is a quick way to dress up any outfit.
Hoop earrings have ancient roots in early African civilizations. Historically they have been worn to signify power and social status; these earrings are now widely accepted as an everyday ornament. In the US, hoop earrings have gone through several rounds of stigma ranging from cultural appropriation to dated styles from specific decades like the 1960s or 1980s. One simple pair of silver or gold hoops in a size appropriate for your face will serve you well despite the ups and downs.
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A dainty chain necklace made from your favorite precious metal is another subtle accent piece that seems to work effortlessly with both casual and formal attire. The key here is to avoid ornamentation and keep it simple. If it is silver or gold, it will match anything in your wardrobe. You could add a single diamond pendant to add a small bit of sophistication as well.
Chain necklaces are another historical piece of jewelry originating sometime around 2500 BC. Ancient civilizations, including Egyptians and Greeks, wore precious metal chains and simple pendants around their necks. These accessories were typically a mark of social status for upper-class citizens. These accessories are now widely accepted across all demographics and have proven timeless over centuries of popularity.
If you're looking for something that can easily transition from daytime to evening, we recommend sticking with simple and understated. When it comes to fine jewelry, less is always more.
Jewelry is an important part of any outfit, and it is the finishing touches that set the tone and seal the deal. Diamonds are a good way to dress up a casual outfit. Precious metals like gold and silver match almost anything. It's easy to build a foundation collection of quality pieces that can be worn with every outfit you own, ranging from casual to business to full-formal affairs.
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