Having these 10 staple jewelry pieces in your collection will guarantee that you’re ready for any occasion.
A simple pair of studs goes a long way towards dressing up even the most casual of outfits. Diamonds and pearls are a classic choice, but you can choose whatever materials or shapes you prefer. You can even save yourself some money by wearing cubic zirconia for everyday wear and saving the real gems for special occasions.
A simple metal chain—of any length, material, or size—is an simple and versatile way to accessorize for any event. Whether you adorn a simple chain with a pendant or mix a few chains of varying weights, any outfit can be improved with a gold or silver chain. No matter your style preferences, there’s plenty of options: long or short, small or large, and everything in between.
Whether you have an engagement/wedding ring or not, a chunky cocktail ring is a fun way to make a statement. Precious stones and metals are not necessary, however, for an item you only plan to wear some of the time. Onyx, turquoise, amber, marcasite, or a jewel-less sterling silver ring are all beautiful choices that make an impact without breaking the bank.
Watches come in a variety of styles, from the waterproof, outdoor model to the elegant timepiece that slips into a jacket pocket. Find a versatile watch that will coordinate with a variety of outfits and occasions. Metal watches are the most classic, but leather bands or ribbons may be more your style. If you wear a watch every day, it’s best to have a variety of watches that will fit any occasion.
In addition to a pair of studs, a simple set of hoop earrings are an essential piece for any jewelry collection. You have many options when it comes to size, style, and color, so pick a set that works well with your wardrobe and your personality.
From cuffs to bangles to stacks of chains, there is a style of bracelet for every taste (and budget). When choosing a bracelet for your collection, make sure that it’s proportional to your body frame and won’t get in the way while you work, shop, or eat. Many bracelets nowadays slip on and off easily, so look for this type if you have trouble with bracelet clasps.
Certain occasions call for a little something “extra” in your accessories. For weddings, formal nights on a cruise, nights out, and other formal events, a necklace with “wow”-factor is a perfect change from your everyday jewelry. Consider the metals and stones that best complement your skin tone as well as what colors and shapes would coordinate with your favorite formal attire.
A pair of sparkly, dangly earrings can make any outfit seem more festive. You can go simple or ornate, colorful or monochrome, affordable or expensive, the choice is up to you. Purchase a selection of earrings in a variety of styles to round out your collection and prepare you for any occasion.
A long necklace (or stack of necklaces) is a classic look that harkens back to the flappers of the 1920s. Long necklaces make it easy to dress up a plain white T-shirt: just slip on the necklace, add a cardigan or blazer, and you’re good to go.
Finally, make sure you have at least one piece in your jewelry box that is your go-to, signature item. It can be a pendant of something you collect or love, a bracelet with your children’s birthstones, or your grandmother’s old antique brooch. Whatever it is, and wherever you find it, make sure it’s something that you absolutely love.