Jewelery has the ability to add beauty and style to you and whatever ensemble you are wearing. Whether it is costume jewellry or fine jewelery it is the wearer’s delight as it further highlights their personality de ella with the look that it adds to your ensemble. You’re all dressed up and on your way out when you glance in the mirror and realize… something is missing. The outfit is flawless and the shoes are perfect, and then you spot it: A gorgeous bib necklace will make you look even better in that dress! Whether you’re on a date with someone sweet or dressing to impress a potential boss, you can use statement jewelry to transform your wardrobe.
“Jewellery has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique.” —Elizabeth Taylor
The human love affair with all things sparkly has a long history Jewelery has always made a fashion statement.
Some of the earliest statement jewelery was found in Egypt. Collar necklaces, dangling earrings, and thick, cylindrical rings were all prevalent in Egyptian jewelery boxes.
The Romans loved their jewels too, but they preferred rings. These rings were made with heavy stones for winter and lighter, more delicate materials for the summer. Regardless of composition, the important characteristic of Roman jewelery was history, not value. As is the case today, in ancient Rome, a bauble could be priced higher if it had an illustrious history behind it.
Coco Chanel began creating her own elaborate jewelery in the 1920s, using crystal or colored glass in varying sizes as the Egyptians had. Coco is often credited with popularizing the concept of “costume jewelery,” creating seasonal items that mixed real and imitation stones and pearls.
Vivenne Becker, an antique jewelery veteran, talks about “The Cocktail Style” in her book, Fabulous Costume Jewellery: History of Fantasy and Fashion in Jewels. Popular during the ’30s and ’40s, this jewelery era was all about big, jeweled rings, multi-strand pearl necklaces, and extensive use of gilt metal and rose gold. She describes “cocktail jewellery” as “bubbly and extravagant, like the alcoholic concoctions from which it took its name. It was assertive, bossy, jewelery to show off in.”
While making a statement in the ’50s meant throwing on a charm bracelet, jewelery in the ’60s had a bit more punch. Designer Paco Rabanne fully embraced statement jewellery, experimenting with cheap materials like plastic and PVC and using bright colours. He said, “I made jewelery for the alternative side of women’s personality, for their madness.”
It’s a crime to talk about statement jewelery without discussing the woman whose accessories always have something to say: Madeleine Albright. In her book of her, she tells the stories behind some of her favorite pins of her. In one tale, she recalls the first pin she wore to send an intentional political message. The pin was a gold snake wrapped around a branch, which she wore after being referred to as an “unparalleled serpent” by the Iraqi press. Dr. Albright still enjoys collecting pins, though she mentions she receives many as gifts
Modern day statement jewelery is big, bold, and full of many elements from previous decades. Today, we love pieces that incorporate the glitz and glam of the ’30s and ’40s, and the colors and materials of the ’60s. Most of all, we love statement jewelery’s eternal ability to make heads turn.
Fashion trends constantly evolve, but jewelery steadfastly remains an accessory that women turn to. Nothing can make an ensemble shine quite like jewelery can. It also makes the perfect statement for self-expression.
Jewelery changes the way your outfit ‘works’. Whether you wear an extravagant ring, or a simple necklace, a statement bracelet or subtle stud earrings, your choice of jewelery has the power to elevate your look to a whole new concept. In fact, fashion designers and jewelers have long since been working together to create various styles. Also, gemstones are no longer simply embellishments – they are pieces of art. Jewelery is definitely a big part of fashion. Here are some reasons why:
New look every day
Love your white shirt and end up wearing it too often? That’s ok! Make it look different each time with different jewellery! For a formal look, pair it with gold studs or drop earrings; for a boho look throw on some chunky bangles and stack rings, or look casual and laid-back with tassel and pom pom earrings. You can also wear your pieces to match your mood.
Certain pieces are called conversation starters for a reason. Bold or quirky, intricate or chunky, such pieces of jewelery naturally draw attention and spark friendly discussions.
Accentuates your personality
Jewelery is a great way to express yourself, so select pieces that match your personal style and personality. It also allows your creativity and individualism to shine through and speak for themselves.
The biggest question probably is, how to choose jewelry that will complement your look, your mood and your personality. Also, how to style the pieces so they will enhance your wardrobe. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you dazzle!
Jewelery styling tips
. Define the focus of your look: jewelry or clothing?
When you start dressing, decide on this first. A simple outfit can be transformed into something spectacular with the right jewellery, or a statement piece. If the focus is on your clothing and it is bold, then choose small, subtle pieces as highlights, such as the Bliss solo stone bracelet with a mother of pearl.
layer and stack
Experiment with layering your necklaces and stacking your earrings, rings and bangles! Mixing different lengths, shapes, textures and colors and seeing what works is a lot of fun! Layering necklaces of differing lengths can bring focus to your face. You can also stack rings in different gemstone colors or combine ear cuffs with hoops for an interesting look. Mixing your jewelery on your wrist can create a friendly jangle as you move your arm.
Experiment with mixing metals
Wearing a silver necklace? You don’t have to pair it with other silver jewelery as a rule. Contrast your pendant color with its chain, or stack rings with different metal or gemstone colors. Try the same with your bangles and bracelets. If it looks good and makes you feel confident, just go with it!
Don’t follow trends blindly
Evolve your own style. Whatever accessory you choose, own it, flaunt it, be confident wearing it. Pick jewelry that suits your style, looks good on you and complements your colouring, and mostly, your personality.
Don’t overdo it
When you’re enthusiastic about jewelry, it’s easy to sometimes over-accessorise. So just watch out to make sure you’re not cluttering your look with excess. For instance, if you’re drawing attention to your neckline with a statement choker or layered necklace, don’t stack too many bracelets that compete for attention. Or, if you’re wearing bold pendant earrings, then a simple, matching necklace should be enough – or even no necklace.
How to match jewelry with your outfit
If you’ve ever been stuck wondering what jewelery to pair with which outfit, then this is for you! Just go with these handy hints:
Consider where you’re going and what you’ll be doing, when selecting your jewelery If you’re dressing up for work and will be using your keyboard most of the day, avoid jangling bangles and hanging bracelets. Wear the longer, dressier earrings for formal events and parties and the more flamboyant pieces for casual outings.
Choose jewelry that
complements your skin tone
Jewelery is a great way to highlight your skin tone. Warm skin tones go well with yellow so gold is a good choice. Silver and white gold illuminate natural tones.
Pair busy patterns with
You get a confused, gaudy look when you marry a busy print with loud, ornate jewellery.
Instead, consider simple, solid pieces.
Highlight your face with
If you want the spotlight on your face, then don a pair of statement earrings. Go for the flashy, glittering ones that make your eyes sparkle! Also, consider the shape of your face when choosing your earrings. For instance, studs and triangular earrings look best on an oval face.