Diamonds are forever, and so are these seven jewelry pieces every woman should have in her jewelry box. This year's accessory trends are bringing back some of the classics. Start curating your collection of jewelry essentials that will never go out of style.
1. Layered Necklaces
Layered necklaces have been in style for quite some time now, but fashion forecasters predict they’ll take up more of the spotlight this spring. These pieces can be purchased all at once, or you can layer necklaces that are important to you that you’ve collected over time.
Grab your charm necklaces, long chain necklaces, and thrift store finds and puts them all on at once to create the ultimate layered look. Try to stick with similar metals to keep your outfit streamlined and sophisticated, and top it all off with a simple choker. This trendy look works over something as simple as a t-shirt and jeans or at your next black-tie event.
2. An Everyday Watch
Of course, you have your smartphone to tell you the time (or as Carrie Bradshaw says, “I find there’s always someone to tell me”), but owning an everyday watch is both a practical and stylish jewelry essential. This is the kind of piece you can splurge big on when interviewing for that next opportunity or to congratulate yourself on a job well-done.
Opt for a leather or metal band that can work with multiple outfits and transition well from day to night. Make sure the background of the watch face is a light color like white or silver. Also, opt for a simple, small look instead of the large face watches that are currently trending. This look is forever timeless - (pun intended).
Pro tip: To make your classic watch trendy, add bangles or other bracelets on the same wrist.
3. Diamond Stud Earrings
A jewelry box isn’t complete without a pair of crystal or diamond stud earrings. At any age, in any time, diamonds remain a piece of classic and timeless jewelry essentials. Real or faux, they work from day to night, at work events, date nights, or going out with your friends.
You’ll want to pick a pair that will really sparkle against any outfit, such as 0.25ct. Or, go even bigger with 1 or 2 carat and really shine. Nearly every woman can pull off this look while looking chic (plus, they make a great gift).
4. A fun, chunky necklace
We've all been there - you put together the perfect outfit from your closet, but something's missing. This is a great time to add a chunky necklace and tie the whole look together. From bright pieces like coral or turquoise stones to a large pendant necklace, there are many options to choose from.
Keep the rest of your look simple, so the necklace can be the focal point. You’ll want to avoid wearing earrings (unless they’re simple studs), loud bracelets, and stacked rings so there isn’t too much going on.
5. Gold Hoop Earrings
If celebrities from years past rock big gold hoop earrings, you know it’s a look you need to incorporate into your jewelry box as well. Similar to diamond studs, a pair of gold hoops transition well from day to night and work for almost any occasion.
The best part is, you control how loud your statement is by the size of the hoop. The typical size is between 0.5 inches to 2 inches, however, how big or small you go can depend on your occasion and outfit. They also come in fun shapes like oval, pear, and square, plus different gold tones like white, yellow, and rose gold offer endless options. So pick a pair (or two) that match your personal style and make you feel like your best self.
Pro tip: rock your classic hoop earring with a vibrant red lipstick for a timeless, stunning look.
6. A Birthstone Ring
Gifting someone a birthstone ring is a great way to celebrate them, so by the same logic, it’s also a great way to celebrate the most important person in your life–yourself. A birthstone ring can be worn as an everyday, signature piece, or on special occasions when you want to dress up. To make it unique to your personal taste, work with a jeweler to design a custom piece. They’ll provide guidance on what stone, metal, and style to choose so that it best represents you. Each month of the year is assigned its own unique gemstone, so find yours and add it to your jewelry box!
7. Trend Pieces
While owning the pieces on this list are essential to any jewelry box, it is important to leave room for what will be trendy in seasons to come. With your busy schedule, the easiest way to do so is with a jewelry subscription box.
High-quality jewelry will be delivered right to your door. This is a great way to keep your look fresh and have fun accessories for all the different events on your calendar.
From statement pieces like layered necklaces to must-have diamond studs and gold hoops, these small details are not a section of your wardrobe you want to overlook. Building a personal collection of pieces you’ll wear forever is an investment worth making for yourself. Plus, it’s also fun to clear out space for all the trends yet to come. You’ll be ready for whatever is next on your social agenda, and you’ll shine the brightest.