Jewelry Staples Every Woman Should Own

Written by: Sue Fritz | | Jewelry

Jewelry Staples Every Woman Should Own

Maybe you’ve never been big on jewelry, but love the way it looks and want to start experimenting. Perhaps you’re looking for a great gift for your mom, sister, or girlfriend. Whatever the situation may be, there are a few key pieces that every woman should have in her jewelry box. This jewelry will keep you looking classy and put together, and is versatile enough for every situation. If you like the idea of wearing jewelry but don’t want to worry about changing it every day, this article is for you!

Stud Earrings

A smart pair of stud earrings is an absolute must, particularly if you often wear your hair pulled back. Diamonds are classic, timeless, and elegant, and can go with any outfit from bikini to ball gown. We’re not talking about 1-carat whoppers here; look for a simple stud that adds a bit of sparkle, but doesn’t pull focus from the rest of your look. If you want some color, go for a lighter gemstone like aquamarine, peridot, or citrine. Simple studs pull your look together and complete your outfit.

Hoop Earrings

A word of advice: everyday hoop earrings should be no larger than a quarter. If you’re going for a large bangle, keep it thin – thick, chunky hoops can work, but they aren’t as versatile as smaller, dainty hoop earrings. Delicate rose gold can add softness and polish to your look. Wear with your hair pulled back to avoid any mishaps, tangles, or snarls. A basic pair of hoop earrings is perfect for the office or dinner with friends.

Metal Watch

You may not consider a watch to be ‘jewelry,’ but you should! Watches are perfect for women who are just dipping their toes into the jewelry-wearing experience, since they are functional and don’t necessarily look as ‘girly’ as a bracelet. If you only buy one watch, look for one with a metal band – it’s dressier and more upscale than leather or (god forbid!) a plastic band. If you’re married, pick a metal that matches your ring metal; in general, you’re better off avoiding that two-tone look.

A Long Necklace

Long necklaces can be worn individually or layered for a more bohemian style. Stick with something simple – this shouldn’t be a statement piece. A long necklace should subtly enhance your outfit, not become the center of attention. In the ‘20s and early ‘30s (think flapper era), pearls were popular, and of course, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful strand of pearls. But for most women, pearls aren’t an everyday item, so if you’re only buying one long necklace, we’d go with something a bit more subtle, like a dark metallic necklace with a bit of embellishment.

A Short Necklace

No, we’re not talking about chokers. A short necklace should fall just below the collarbone – look for something that’s between 18” and 24”.  This length is called either a princess necklace (17” to 19”) or a matinee necklace (20” to 24”) This should be the kind of necklace that you can wear every day if you want to. Look for a thin, fine chain with a meaningful pendant. Invest in a high-quality chain; you can always change the pendant out depending on the occasion. Whether you go with a simple gemstone pendant or something more unique like a bird or anchor, a short necklace is a great way to add a bit of personality and polish to an outfit.

Even if you’re a jewelry lover with jewelry to match each item in your wardrobe, you should still invest in these classic pieces. Splurge on staples rather than statement jewelry, and you’ll be able to enjoy them for years. With jewelry insurance from Lavalier, you can guarantee that these timeless pieces will be around for decades to come.

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