If I told you it’s possible to become a master at styling your outfits with the perfect jewelry each and every time, would you believe me?
Well, get ready to boost your accessorizing confidence!
It’s no secret I am a fashion enthusiast and a firm believer in using what you wear strategically as a tool, especially in the business world. Jewelry is an essential part of the equation.
There are so many inspiring and beautiful pieces of jewelry available in the marketplace providing you with countless styling options. The trick is to discover which pieces add the best finishing touches to your outfit.
Here are five jewelry tips and tricks, so you get it right each and every time:
- Each piece must add value to your (entire) outfit. As Coco Chanel infamously recommended, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” It’s great advice and still holds true. I also recommend checking to see if you need to add another piece of jewelry before you leave the house too – over-accessorizing and under-accessorizing are common jewelry errors. Just because
Dressing for work can be tricky.
When done right, jewelry can be a great way to improve your look in the office.
“We need to put the days of women dressing like men in black suits and no accessories behind us,” Galgano said,” Ali Galgano, founder of jewelry company Charm and Chain, told Business Insider.
Here are a few tips for proper accessorizing at work.
1. Remove one accessory before leaving the house.
If you’re afraid of going overboard, Galgano recommends removing one accessory before walking out the door for work. In conservative offices, wearing either a necklace or earrings is better than wearing both.
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2. Go for one bold piece.
It’s easy to style up your favorite dress without going overboard, Danielle and Jodi Snyder, the sisters who founded jewelry company Dannijo, told Business Insider. “Use bohemian-style jewelry, like a bib or statement cuff,” Danielle told us. This will help take your outfit to the
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I can’t be the only man in the world who occasionally wishes he were a woman. Right, guys? I mean, it must be terrific to be a woman. Yes, they get paid less and yes, they get routinely discriminated against, but come on – those lucky ladies get to wear jewellery! Great big bits of jewellery and loads of it, if they want.
It is perfectly possible for a woman to wear a boring outfit and then successfully punch it up with some judiciously chosen costume jewellery (ladies: you shouldn’t be reading this, it isn’t for you, but given that you are, get yourselves down to & Other Stories – they have loads of pieces that will do just that).
But, unfortunately, this just doesn’t work for men. If I am wearing a plain jumper and then slip on an Aztec-inspired necklace made out of shards of multi-coloured plastic, I will look like a fashion stylist – and no one wants to look like a fashion stylist, not even fashion stylists – or a lunatic, or both.
Nevertheless, I have always hankered after shiny adornments. Things I have boldly experimented with in the past include: a “gold” hoop earring; a toe ring (!!!!); various
When Christine Clifford’s marriage ended two years ago, she found herself solely responsible for the payments and maintenance of her million-dollar home. For months she scrambled to keep up with the bills, but finally made the difficult decision to sell her jewelry – including two one-carat diamond rings, and a pair of diamonds earrings– to stave off foreclosure. “Today, I don’t have any ‘nice’ jewelry,” says Clifford, CEO of Divorcing Divas, LLC, “but I have the peace of mind that I kept my house afloat.”
Christine isn’t the only cash-strapped American setting aside “a diamond is forever” sentiment to sell their jewelry these days. Josh Opperman, founder of the website “I Do… Now I Don’t” which specializes in the sale of “preloved” diamond jewelry, reports that 2011 was the site’s best year for diamond ring-listing and sales.
Now is a good time to sell. Thanks to an escalating taste for diamonds among the middle class in China and India, diamond prices soared in 2011, increasing by 49% in the first half of the year before ending 19% up overall by the year’s end. As a result, an increasing number of sticker-shocked jewelers are restocking with diamonds purchased from the public, rather than
Fashion trends are constantly changing, which may leave you wondering how to wear trendy, fashionable jewelry and clothing. Wearing fashion jewelry should be a creative endeavor, opening you up to new styles and fashion possibilities. Because fashion jewelry is so affordable and because it comes in so many different styles, you can experiment with new fashionable jewelry whenever your wardrobe needs a lift. If your current look is leaving you bored, then use these tips to wear fun and trendy jewelry with everything you own.
Wearing Fashionable Jewelry:
Opt for color: One of the best ways to embrace fashion jewelry trends is to choose colorful pieces. Colorful jewelry is wonderful for a modern wardrobe because contemporary clothing tends to be neutral. Your collection of black pants, grey sweaters and beige shirt dresses are easily enhanced with bright pink gemstone rings, blue glass drop earrings, purple beaded bracelets and oversized yellow pendants. Use fashionable jewelry to inject your daily look with bright splashes of color.
Choose pieces with personality: The most fashionable outfits are those that match your personal tastes. Rather than selecting the most popular fashion jewelry, choose fashionable jewelry
Jewelry is the perfect way to bring life to an outfit and enhance your best features. What better way to do so than to complete your look with a bold, striking and attention-grabbing piece of statement jewelry?
Statement pieces are designed for you to have fun with, but can make all the wrong statements if they are not worn correctly.
The beauty of statement jewelry is that it only takes one piece to make your whole outfit stand out. The key is to keep it simple and either work your outfit around one big eye-catching piece, or to work well-coordinated statement accessories into your look by striking the right balance.
From cocktail rings to cuff bracelets and bib necklaces, statement pieces come in all forms, designs, colours and sizes. They can work wonders to add dazzle to a simple dress or can help to draw attention to parts of yourself that you would like to emphasize.
Either way, make sure you follow our rules to pull off a look that gets people looking at you in awe rather than dismay.
1. Less is more
Bold pieces should be allowed to stand out, so do not over-crowd your look by wearing them within close proximity
What jewelry to bring on your vacation and how to pack it.
Travel plans are nearly synonymous with the summer months. Whether you’re planning a big trip abroad, a meandering road trip or plenty of adventures at the beach, you may have questions about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it.
Don’t leave your accessory plan to the last minute. Instead, start by reviewing these travel jewelry tips.
What to bring — and what to leave at home
No matter where you’re traveling or for how long, keep in mind a vacation is a break from routine and daily worries. For most leisure travel, the simple rule is don’t bring anything you’re going to worry about losing. It’s best to leave items of great monetary or emotional value at home unless they’re a key part of how you plan to outfit yourself for a special trip event.
But this doesn’t mean you should leave all jewelry at home. A vacation’s a great time to accessorize, and a great excuse to expand your jewelry wardrobe to include some inexpensive basics.
For the most part, stick with just a few neutral pieces — small hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant,
Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. An elegant pair of pearl and platinum earrings, for example, makes an individual statement, nestled against the skin and resplendent in lustrous light. Yet, according to experts at the nonprofit GIA, chemicals found in everyday substances like hairspray, lotions, perfumes, or other cosmetics can permanently damage the nacre of your dazzling pearl and corrode the alloys in that shiny setting.
GIA says light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, over time and in excess, it can also fade and weaken some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz, and pink conch-shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, like ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.
Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture the gem. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture some gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out,
1. Cut up those layered gold chains.
The trend is moving toward ‘statement’ jewelry…that’s one standout necklace. Maybe it’s a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain. If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Use a wire cutter to cut near the clasp.
2. Less is more.
National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression.
3. Look for versatile pieces.
A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet.
4. Earn a compliment.
Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone’s attention. Same goes for what you like…if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember