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How Much Jewelry is Too Much to Wear at Once?

9 Guidelines


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!



Clear Stud Earrings 


These are some of the most versatile jewelry items ever conceived.  Always classy, they work in basically every situation you can dream up, from an upscale, uptown gala to impromptu cocktails with the girls.  Perfectly suited for a wide range of individuals, from those who summer in Monaco to those who are on a budget.  Actual diamonds clearly look great, as well as Cubic Zirconia, which from across the room rival diamonds in terms of sparkle-ability.  The standard size most people go with is 0.25 carat (each).  This gives you just enough of an eye-catching glimmer while still remaining subtle.  Obviously, you are free to run wild here, and can get whatever size stones you like (just remember, it doesn’t look nice if your earlobes are sagging…)

Clear Jewel Pendant Necklace


Much like clear stud earrings, this necklace adds a touch of elegance and opulence to your overall style.  Unless you want everyone in the room gawking, it’s best advised to keep the stone size conservative (roughly a half carat), as this allows you to wear it both day and night.  The simple crystal pendant is the perfect compliment to a uniform color dress (a darker hue showcases the sparkle, a lighter shade diminishes the apparent shine).

Pearl Stud Earrings


All the world’s your oyster when…well, you get it.  Pearls will forever remain chic, while not being too showy.  There’s just something undeniably sophisticated yet also mystical about pearls; they way they are formed, at sea, gives them an almost ethereal quality.  As pearls come in a variety of shades, choose the hue that compliments your skin tone.

Learn how to match colors to your skin tone here.

String of Pearls necklace


As we just went over, Girls just look good in pearls.  The iconic pearl necklace has remained a consistent fashion staple for a reason: it’s both chic and timeless.  When picking out one for yourself (or as a present for another), make sure you select the perfect length; too long and it doesn’t look neat, too short and you’ll look like a naughty puppy in a collar.

Hoop Earrings


Hoop there it is.  These earrings work on virtually every woman, regardless of age or personal style.  The key to the perfect pair?  Lies in your facial structure.  If you have teensy eensy features (ie- a button nose), it’s best to pick more slender and diminutive hoops.  Conversely, if you have more striking or prominent features, a larger hoop size is the way to go.  Another benefit, these are a great accessory if you like to wear your hair up.

Chandelier Earrings


Here is your chance to be bold!  …Well, not too bold, but definitely fancy.  Just as the name suggests, these bountiful adornments can be the centerpiece of an outfit, catching light and reflecting it into the night.  Best with a clear stone (diamonds for the extravagant, crystal or CZ for the budget conscious) set in simple silver, gold or platinum.  Here you let the shape of the earrings do all the talking.

Statement Earrings


The grandest part of statement earrings?  You get to make whichever statement you choose.  These are the one piece in your jewelry collection where you get to just let loose and have fun.  Whatever size or shape you choose here, you may want to try to keep the colors neutral enough to match well with a wide assortment of outfits (then again, you may not!)  Remember: make a statement, make an impression.

Chain Bracelet


Worn alone or with a whole bunch of other bracelets, the chain has remained in vogue for decades for a reason.  Its sleek design, that melds an industrial look with the glamorous tone of precious metals, has given it staying power.  Avoid too much detailing on your chain bracelet, or additional baubles, if you want it to work for many occasions; a nice simple and smooth metal look goes with just about anything.

Statement Necklace 


Ok, every woman should have a necklace that unabashedly touts who they are – or ten of them!  The statement necklace lets you express yourself with gems, chains, beads, feathers, charms, geometric shapes, figurines…you get the picture.  These pieces can transform any outfit from blah to oo-la-la.  Ideally, the backdrop top it’s set against should be plain or simple enough that the necklace can really stand out in all its inherent resplendency.

Cocktail Ring


The cocktail ring makes you feels simultaneously regal and fun, like you’re at a grand Gatsby soiree.  This piece works remarkably well as a complement to other jewelry or as a stand alone dazzler.  A brilliant stone set in a neutral metal of your choosing is the way to go.  Depending on your personal fashion sense, you can choose a bright and colorful center stone for your ring, or a slightly muted one, such as pearl or even onyx.

Wrist Watch


Granted, this item may not be a favorite of every gal, but an elegant watch can help bolster many a drab outfit to sophisticated and classic heights.  Very important here is sizing; you should make sure your watch fits snug enough on your wrist without being restrictive.  Again, a uniform precious metal will give you the desired look of grandeur and style.

The above jewelry go-to’s are of course just suggestions.  Feel free to mix and match styles, according to your own unique flair.  At the end of the day, there is only one person who knows what looks best on you: you!


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