Everyone needs a bit of bling to round off their wardrobe. I don’t think any woman is fully grown up until she owns pearls, something diamond (be it to wear round her neck, her wrist or her finger or to dangle from her lobes) and at least one more piece that’s uniquely her. I’m drawn to jewellery like the proverbial moth and I own everything from high end designer (Hardy, Yurman, Tiffany’s, etc.) to steals I found at Winner’s or Forever 21 and treasures I picked up on holidays, at antique fairs, and at flea markets. My signature look is an armful of silver bangles that I never take off. Right now, that includes three from Caribbean Hooks that were gifts from my babe, one Yurman rope bangle with pave diamond I treated myself to for my bday, and a chunkier one I found at a consignment store. For a while I was also wearing two beaded ones that felt totally right with all my summer clothes.
I often add silver cuffs (my fave is from Calvin Klein and is actually a watch), leather, plastic or rubber bracelets in funky colours, watches (I own both feminine time pieces and big men watches), or gold bangles to complete the look.
I rarely wear just one chain and I tend to mix my pearls with silver pieces to toughen them up.
As for earrings I tend to wear one pair for a while then switch them up – but I never take off my two diamond studs. I’m not sure they’d come off now even if I tried. On my fingers, I rarely wear just one ring. Rather I tend to do three on my left hand and two on my right or wear none at all. And I often wear multiple ones on one finger. The one that means the most to me (a silver, gold and pearl beauty my hubby gave me) I wear every single day.
I’m a huge fan of cuff bracelets. In fact, I think every woman should own at least one. I’ve lost count of how many I have but each is unique and interesting. With cuffs, it’s all about scale and colour. I own a gorgeous black one that looks amazing in its box. I’ve had it for years and I’ve yet to wear it. It’s too dark for my skin tone and too wide for my arm. So it sits… Hmm – I really should find someone to give that to.
Another of my favourite things to do is to wear brooches.They’re wonderfully old-fashioned somehow and there are so many out there that you’re bound to find one or two you love. I like mine a little chunky and not too girly and I love anything art deco, but there’s also something appealing about cameos or very dainty, feminine ones. You can go old-school and wear them pinned at the neck of a button-down or a blouse but I’d rather play with mine. I like using them with scarves for example. They’re great to old a loose scarf knot together and stop it from slipping or to pin a scarf to your top so it stays in place. I like wearing a few brooches at a time – three seems to work really well. Just look for some that are similar sizes and colours or go with a theme (like flowers for example) to tie them together. A trio of funky brooches can personalize a t-shirt or a sweater – or even a hat. And, in a pinch, they can make a great pendant too.
(Long vintage scarf tied in a loose tie knot secured with an antique pin)
By the way, I also collect tie pins and they can serve the exact same function.
I think jewellery is most interesting when it’s worn in slightly unexpected ways – pearls with boyfriend jeans rather than a pencil skirt, or a chunky silver necklace with a floaty dress or a silk tank for example. It’s really about what you love and what feels like you; jewellery should be an expression of who you are and how you feel. It can draw attention or be totally discrete and it can totally upgrade an outfit. And there’s no problem with mixing metals either. That old rule has gone by the wayside – thank god! You can mix and match to your heart’s content!
Like in clothes, jewellery trends change every season and picking up new pieces is an easy way to update your outfits. The new things for fall include butterfly motifs (brooches, rings or pendants) and front and back earrings. If you really want to drool check out the August issue of “In Style” magazine for really high end samples of butterfly jewellery. My favourite was the “Lucifer Vir Honestus” piece made with diamonds, tourmaline, and 18kt rose gold for only a little over $25 000.00 (below). Look how beautiful that is… Yummy if stupidly expensive!
I’m still searching for the perfect pair of front and back earrings (I like the ones above!). Since they are so trendy, I’ll be looking at cheap places like Ardene and scoping out Winners, Forever 21 and H&M in hopes of a score. Obviously, those pieces won’t last very long but for something this trendy you don’t need them to. And when you’re hunting for the perfect piece, don’t ignore retailers such as Coach and Michael Kors who both do jewellery lines that are far cheaper than you’d think – and, while not of heirloom quality, will easily last a few seasons!
As for me, I’m going to keep dreaming about this baby which is on my ultimate wish list… Sigh!
Lucifer Vir Honestus Millefedi Ring ($6,600).