Coco Chanel once advised, “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” It is commonly understood that jewelry overkill is a fashion no-no, but sometimes it’s hard to tell when you’ve crossed that line. What’s more, it’s hard to tell if you should take off the last two or three things you put on instead of just one.
There is no set rule about the number of pieces one should wear, but there are a few guidelines to follow when making the choice about whether to slip on that bracelet or to put it back on the velvet lining in your jewelry box and save it for next time.
Guideline 1: Don’t allow your jewelry to distract from yourself and your outfit. When choosing what jewelry to wear, you should ask whether it will add or detract from your natural look and your outfit. For example, don’t wear a stack of bangles and a stack of necklaces. Opt for one stack if you’re a fan of the look. Wearing too much jewelry confuses onlookers and can ruin the beauty of your favorite piece. (source: Alexandra Styles)
Guideline 2: Although this contradicts the above statement that says there are no rules for how much jewelry to wear, there is at least one rule: Don’t wear big earrings and a big necklace. Instead, choose a focal piece to centralize your look and coordinate other pieces with it. (source: Wall Street Journal)
Guideline 3: Coordinate your jewelry with the material you’re wearing. Thin silks and sheers do not go well with chunky jewelry, and the chunky jewelry can appear to be too much adornment. Similarly, tiny, thin chains on your necklace don’t usually suit a chunky sweater. (source: Street Directory, Wall Street Journal)
Guideline 4: Think about the vibe you’re aiming to achieve. If you’re going for boho, you can wear more jewelry. If you’re going for elegant, stay away from lots of jewelry, unless you have figured out how to layer necklaces like Coco. (Harper’s Bazaar)
Guideline 5: Pay attention to your hair. If you have long hair and you plan to wear it down, dangly earrings may look chaotic or messy. If you have short hair or thin hair and you wear huge earrings, they may stand out too much and be distracting. In this case, the size of the jewelry makes it look like you are wearing too much. (source: Street Directory)
Guideline 6: Dress for the occasion. If you’re going to a fancy fundraiser dinner, match elegant jewelry and go big, but not too big. But if you’re going to the grocery store, class, or work, you might want to opt for less jewelry. (source: YouQueen)
Guideline 7: No matter where you are, don’t wear jewelry that is noisy. Literally. While bangles are great, jingling bangles in a quiet library or at the workplace or not. Don’t be the annoying cubicle neighbor; quiet your jewelry. (source: Street Directory)
Guideline 8: If you’re wearing statement jewelry, wear one piece. Matching sets are usually too much. Save the necklace, bracelet, or earrings for another occasion. (source: Harper’s Bazaar)
Guideline 9: Remember that jewelry isn’t a must-wear. Sometimes your clothing does all the work and you don’t need to add anything to it. For example, if you are wearing a top or dress with a low neckline, you don’t need jewelry. Your pretty collarbone is enough. However, choosing a pair of look-at-me statement earrings is a great idea to bring balance to your look. (source: Alexandra Styles)
Jewelry is a lot of fun, and well-placed jewelry can make you stand out. However, wearing too much jewelry at once or wearing all the wrong kind can make you stand out in a way you don’t want to. If you’ve got diamond jewelry you know is too much, contact us to find out more about your options to sell it!
We recently took a look at the world’s highest rated designers/design conglomerates, and their heart-stopping pieces. This week, we turn focus to some of the most promising and stylishly precocious young designers in the land. Here are ten of the most gifted and inspiring originators currently rocking the American jewelry scene.
Sophie Monet – This designer embodies several quite enviable traits. She not only comes up with innovative designs on the reg, she often crafts them out of totally sustainable materials too. Her interest in textured wood and its interplay with alternative gemstones and metals has fostered one incredibly unique, sophisticated and highly wearable collection. Anyone who fancies natural substances in their jewelry will love this crafty Californian’s brilliant conceptions.
Rhianna Cooper – Our next rising star got her start selling her winsome wares on the endlessly colorful and vibrant Boardwalk of Venice Beach, CA. She states that her pieces are inspired by “Indian, Ancient Egyptian, and Native American culture,” and one can truly see the internationally zesty melange of time tested styles mingling with entirely modern, ground breaking and fun concepts. Her brand is named Vida Kush (translated to “Live Gold” in Spanish/Ancient Egyptian, obviously) and her bold gold aesthetic is truly transcendental.
Jennie Kwon – Trying to pin down the exact definition of a 21st Century Renaissance Woman? Look no further than Jennie Kwon, a virtuoso violinist turned shrewd corporate lawyer turned loving mother (of twins!) turned dynamic designer of elegant and endlessly classy pieces. Her style is simultaneously simple and gallantly defined. She utilizes clean lines and diminutives gems in a way that makes each piece pop in an utterly refined yet daring way. She also doesn’t shy away from getting creatively cute at times.
Scosha Woolridge – Hailing from the land down under, this dashing designer navigated the better part of the globe before finding an inspiring nest in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. The Scocha brand is actually quite established (with locations in high end stores all around the world), but still makes this list as visionary creator Woolridge seamlessly blends the beautiful with the thought-provoking, in a manner that is entirely fresh and new. Each of her pieces is a singular work of art, often encapsulating ruggedly asymmetrical precious metals and imaginatively structured gemstones.
Haim Medine – With roots firmly grounded in the upscale jewelry industry (his NYC based family is entrenched in the business), Haim desperately needed to break free and let his own ingeniously different ideas flourish. His jewelry focuses on gold items, fashioned primarily to represent the everyday turned magical. His pieces make you look at things with a wide-eyed perspective; a youthful eye. He deemed his line “Khai Khai,” which was his childhood nickname and symbolizes the nascent wonder inherent in his work.
Julia Kharitonova – No jewelry artist out there is able to meld sheer imagination, the natural world and the spiritual realm like Kharitonova. Another designer that draws inspiration from all corners of the planet; her work is bolstered by recent soul expanding trips to India, the splendorous opulence of her native Russia’s Moscow, and the pulsing heart of New York City. Her line “Queensbee” unabashedly showcases an incredibly vast array of eye catching items, which include the brazenly colorful and sensationally sparkling to the subtler, more muted and naturally derived. The internationally diverse Queensbee certainly accommodates all manner of existing tastes, and can awaken you to entirely new ones.
Eddie Borgo – Post-modern; skeletal; fascinating; irresistibly magnetic; these are just some of the words that spring to mind when viewing one of Borgo’s creations. He describes his delightfully outré collection as a “study in geometric classicism,” and his knowledge of architectural design is evidently deep. His jagged, beautifully bleak pieces can somehow be ethereal and fundamentally grounded at the same time. The sleek and shimmering outlines of a megalopolis meet the savagely sensual contours of a rose’s thorn; Borgo is nothing if not a fecund master of the obscurely original.
Madyha Farooqui – When someone has a true, heartfelt appreciation for the natural beauty intrinsic to gemstones, you can vividly see it in their work. New York based Farooqui is the perfect example of just such an individual. Many of her designs intentionally take second fiddle to the precious stones featured, in a deliberate attempt to let the gems’ resplendency take center stage. That’s not to say that this designer isn’t exquisitely capable of conjuring up some highly inventive and whimsical creations. Her starkly fabulous Art Deco themed Chrysler building ring and her Olive Branch knuckle ring (which literally extends the olive branch along one’s finger) are objects of sublime invention.
Barbara Campbell – Certain creators are blessed with an insurmountable entrepreneurial spirt that works in tandem with an overflowing portmanteau of talent. This is precisely the case with Campbell, whose stunning collection of exclusively hand-made jewelry just begs to be worn. A true Brooklyn-ophile in every respect, her design studio (which is accessible to the public at select times via reservation) is a Crown Heights mainstay, giving a lucky few a first-hand look into the inner workings of an agilely creative mind. Her jewelry incorporates a lot of gold and black mixtures, which can range from classically sophisticated to trail-blazingly rock ’n roll. Oh, by the way, she also produces “Accessories, Handbags, Clothing, Hair Accessories, Beauty Designs and Products,” as if running a highly successful jewelry line wasn’t enough.
Jennifer Fisher – Having a signature look can be the defining factor that separates you from your peers, and Jenna Fisher is certainly no stranger to this concept. Having originally conceived ‘golden dog tags’ (with her son’s name on them, specifically intended for her own use; a creation that actually helped launch her into the design business), she promptly found her niche. Jewelry which clearly spells out messages is simply her thing. Her other key items are gold cuffs with diamonds inlaid that proudly broadcast dates, names and witticisms to the world. Add to this a fervent assemblage of gold skulls, safety pins and a host of wildly inspired accruements and you’ve uncovered the alluring essence that is Fisher’s trademark.
When it comes to buying engagement rings, most people tend to (smartly) play it safe. Jumping on some new and zany trend clearly may not be the most practical move when we’re talking about an item that is supposed to last for the duration of you and your partner’s *eep* lives. Luckily, there are some jewelry “trends” that do such an exquisite job of staying within the boundaries of class and sophistication, they will undoubtedly be able to go the distance.
The following styles are not just currently popular; they each hold a certain uniqueness that right recipient may verily identify with. Read on to see which variety may perfectly suit your soon-to-be betrothed, thereby ensuring an elated “YES!” – as opposed to a “Wow, well…it really is something.”
Twist and Shout
The Twist style is definitely not a new fad, but is seeing quite the surge in popularity these days. Dating as far back as the Victorian era, twisted bands are cool for a multitude of reasons. First, they look very intriguing, as if the wearer’s hand is ensconced in a vine and ivy laden forrest. Second, they symbolize an entwining of two partners, in what could be perceived in a highly (*giggle*) sensual manner. Just think, the people entering into this eternal bond of marriage, their bodies wrapped around each other, for life. Also, this is a nice pick if you just happen to like knitting.
Do I Detect an Accent?
As far as accents go, this year it’s go bold or go home (to your native land). There are actually a lot of ring styles and designs that fit into this category, so let’s examine a few of them. First, there are the floral inspired bands, which feature some flouncy flower element to them. Either tiny petals encircling a center stone, little leaves around the band or some other incarnation of naturally grown, blossoming beauty. Next, there are the bows. An elegant bow can enhance the aesthetics of an otherwise humdrum ring (however, try not to go overboard here, as a big, bouncy bow will make the ring look like a cartoonish cotillon present). Last, rings that feature a center diamond (or other gemstone) that is cut in an irregular shape or fashion. Within this sub-genre would be the rough cut diamond grouping. These stones can be breathtaking, and wholly represent “raw beauty.”
I can see your Halo…Halo
The double halo. This angelic motif has been around for a while, but has really been gaining momentum as of late. The obvious benefits of a halo setting are that it really directs the eye to the center of the ring and also gives the main attraction stone an added bolstering of melee side-sparkle. In addition, the halo aides in giving the illusion that the primary stone is somehow larger. Ergo, two halos do twice the heavy lifting in this sparkle-enhancing context. Twin halos also make the ring look “stacked,” as if there are just so many layers of diamonds on the thing, that it’s got to be extraordinarily valuable (not to say that that’s anyone’s goal or anything, *cough cough*).
Deco the Halls with Art
For the Gatsby-loving Gal, Art Deco can be the way to go. The current climate of ring design, and the general ethos surrounding engagement ring culture is that you can’t miss with pieces from, or inspired by, this era. Either actual vintage items from the 20’s/30’s or ones just now designed to recreate that distinct look, Art Deco rings have a style like no other. The mixing of colored gemstones, the rectangular and oblong cuts, the juxtaposition of the simple and the ornate; all leave quite the impression on one’s finger. There’s just something ravishingly regal and cool about Art Deco rings, as if the wearer is both elegant and refined, but also knows how to pop bottles and get down, flapper style.
This quartet of ring styles embodies what is currently trending; yet they each should have true staying power in their own right. If you think your special someone may prefer a more traditional mounting, by all means, go with your intuition. In truth, your best bet is to either ask their close friends what they really want or (depending on the kind of relationship you have) just ask them outright. While any ring will be appreciated, one that really speaks to them will be forever #adored.
Now is an exciting time for diamond lovers. If you read our article on diamond ring trends through history, you’ll remember that the advent of the internet has made it difficult to pick out a specific style that represents the present day. With all the information out there about diamonds and different styles of engagement ring, more people are finding diamond rings that speak to them personally rather than following any sort of trend. That has led to the exciting situation we have now where no matter what kind of diamond ring you’re looking for, chances are you’ll be able to find it with very little effort. That said, there’s still a few distinct styles that have risen above the rest in terms of popularity. Continue reading The Hottest Trends in Diamond Rings Right Now→