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“How Much Jewelry Should I Own?”


The question of how much jewelry a person should wear is hard enough, but what about how much jewelry you should own? Purging closets is a popular and freeing activity, but you may have never considered purging your jewelry collection. Getting rid of pieces you haven’t worn in ages can help you remove clutter not only from your dresser, but from your mind as well. Think of how much time (and possibly money!) you could save if you vow to keep your jewelry collection simple.

First and foremost, deciding on the amount of jewelry you should own is a personal choice based on the size of your storage area, your budget, and your style. If you’re reading this because you think you have too much jewelry and you want to pare back your collection by selling a few diamonds with us, or if you’re reading this because you would like to score some extra cash for your wares, then you’re on the right track.

Diamond-Lighthouse-selling-beauty-jewelry-items-colorsYour style of jewelry—and the amount you own—all depends on your desired daily look. People everywhere have used accessories to liven up outfits for thousands of years, and having the right collection can make your daily life easier and help you achieve the style you seek.

Once you’ve committed to stripping your collection of clutter, choosing which pieces constitute “clutter” can be a big challenge. Here are some gentle guidelines to help you choose how you want to outfit your jewelry wardrobe:

  • Earrings: While some minimalists advise against owning more than five pairs of earrings, other style experts focus more on which earrings you should have. The basic types of earrings are stud, hoops, and chandelier earrings. When you’re choosing which ones you want, consider paring your collection down to basic diamond studs and hoops. If you think diamonds and hoops offer an unnecessary amount of bling for your taste, consider selling your diamonds with us and trimming back to a pair of studs in every basic color: pearls, silver, and gold.


  • Layering Necklaces: Whether you choose pearls or a chain, it’s a good idea to have 1920s style layering necklaces to wear on a night out. They are an easy way to add an element of romance to an outfit, especially if you mix and match pretty pearls with shiny metals or clear gemstones.


  • Pendant or Charm Necklace: A short collar-length necklace that holds your favorite pendant or charm is a great piece to wear every day. While it’s not showy, it is pretty and will add some dazzle to an otherwise plain outfit.


  • Statement Necklace: If you’re a jewelry lover, you know all about statement necklaces. They’re lovely, decorative pieces that can turn a plain outfit into an exciting one. Some fashionistas recommend choosing a turquoise necklace every time, but no matter which color you choose, it is an easy way to take an outfit from work to dinner.
  • Cocktail Ring: Like a statement necklace, a cocktail ring is a pleasant and pretty reminder that wearing jewelry is supposed to be fun, not a difficult task. Hang on to that crazy-big cocktail ring you bought on a whim last year, or add a new one you’ve been thinking about to your collection. A cocktail ring is an easy way to add a splash of color to your outfit and to show off your personality and style.


  • Chunky Watch: While this might seem like a strange choice to add to a must-have list, a chunky menswear-inspired watch is a great piece to add to your outfit if you want to make a statement. Plus, it’s practical.

When picking out the pieces that make the final cut, remember that jewelry exists to add to your style, not add to your stress levels. More isn’t always better, and a few key pieces can really go a long way.



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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-Joe Leone