Entries in hoop earrings (3)
I've been collecting fine jewelry for over fifteen years now and it is interesting to look back on pieces that I purchased in the beginning. I like to ask myself if those items were a good investment and part of evaluating that is knowing how much wear I've gotten out of each piece since purchasing. Your investment is only as good as how much joy and wear the piece of jewelry is providing for you--I am a firm believer in that!
But what if you don't know where to start? Let's say you're new to collecting fine jewelry and only own a few odds and ends. You've got to start somewhere and being able to create a look by accessorizing your daily outfits with these pieces is a must. So let's start with a list I've compiled of the five investment pieces you need to have in your jewelry wardrobe. These are staples that are meant to be classics, which never go out of style and will continue to get worn for years to come. These are pieces you should not feel bad for splurging on and rightfully so. These are future heirlooms, diamond encrusted, solid gold, hefty pieces that will be worth the same, if not more later on.
1. Stud Earrings:
If you have your ears pierced, owning a few pairs of stud earrings that flatter your face shape, style and taste are necessary for your jewelry wardrobe. Whether you choose a pair that features gemstones, all gold, or unique shapes, just as long as you feel they are classic for your style. I have a few pairs of different sized pearl studs, some diamond studs in various carat sizes, all gold flower studs, and my diamond X earrings. I wear all these constantly and they have been worth the investment. Every woman, in my opinion, needs a pair of diamond studs!
2. Solid gold necklace:
Gold chains are an important accessory to buy and will always be worth the investment. As the years go by and styles go in and out of fashion, different chain lengths will ultimately come and go. I remember when I first started collecting jewelry, long chains were all the rage. Then a few years later everyone was wearing dainty, thin gold chains with pendants. Of course, now long chains are back in style and luckily I still held on to my original 30" chain that I had invested in years ago. So invest in multiple lengths and also a chain that can hold charms easily, with sliding on/off accessible.
3. Wide Band:
It seems as though I've created a whole section within my jewelry box that can only be labeled as "wide bands." It is a category of rings that has stood the test of time and has really become my go-to when accessorizing an outfit. I often wear a wide gold band in place of my engagement ring. Another good use for them--pinky rings! There seems to be a perfect way to end a great ring stack, and that's with a finishing touch of a wide gold band on your pinky!
4. Hoop Earrings:
Ah, yes hoop earrings. The best way to make a statement on your ears, in my opinion. There are so many different styles out there so my best piece of advice for hoops is to choose a pair that suit your own personal style. Or take the easy way out, like I would, and invest in a few different sizes. A pair of small "huggie" type hoops, a mid-size pair, and a pair that is larger than your average size. It is funny how these size differences can make you totally feel different. I have a few pairs, but personally love my braided hoops. It gives the ordinary hoop some personality and I love a good texture!
5. Statement Ring:
It's no secret how much I love rings, but if you don't own a statement ring (also known as a cocktail ring) you are seriously missing out! Such a simple thing can strike up such pizzazz for any outfit, any occasion. There are so many different styles to choose from, I found some great options for you below to shop. Whether you want to go for a piece that focuses more on the gemstone or a piece that is focuses on the design and structure, either way you can't lose!
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Atelier Minyon creates a line of untamed jewels that embraces everyone's alternative masks--their alter egos! The "luxury gone wild" concept comes to life with every piece that designer Alp Sagnak divulges, from idea to reality. What's even more unique is how each piece of jewelry is hand made, with no two being exactly alike. From skulls covered in black diamonds, to playful lions and deadly flowers, the deeper meanings behind each piece are even more interesting than what you see at first glance.
I was eager to take some Atelier Minyon pieces and embrace my very own alter ego, my own Slim Shady to my Marshall Mathers...my own darkside! I dressed in black lace and wore a hand-made black leather crown which helped to convey my Dark Princess look. The hoop earrings were edgy but for some reason I felt very elegant in them--again with the dichotomies! The skull ring and black diamond ring, both done in 18k yellow gold, were amazing standout pieces, each had their own secret, but you have to look closely to see. The undercarriage of the skull ring featured a cutout skeleton--so cool! From a bird's eyeview, you don't notice the detail of the four prongs holding the black diamond in place are actually four skulls! Yes, it is true--luxury has gone wild!
18k yellow gold skull ring with black diamond cross detail, Price: $9,500
18k yellow gold 5.00 carat black diamond solitaire ring with skull details, Price: $16,550
18k yellow gold matching skull band set with diamonds and rubies, Price: $4,800
24k yellow gold gold hoop earring with hammered texture and diamonds, Price: $6,080
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Earrings can either make or break an outfit. There are trends that come and go, but there are a few classics that will always remain. No matter what date, time period, or season, diamond studs will always remain timeless and classy. You could find an old black & white photograph from the 40s, or a picture just uploaded onto Facebook, where girls are wearing diamond studs.
Diamond studs can come in many different shapes and sizes, and each element affects the price tag. Think of purchasing them as an investment. Some jewelry stores offer a "trade-up" policy where you can continually upgrade your diamond studs and only need to pay the difference in price. That is a great idea. If I were to finally hoard some money and go for the buy, I would purchase something similar to above. They are a nice, clean emerald-cut pair.
Another essential to any girls' earring assortment would be a good pair of gold hoops. The size is up to you. These ones are neat because they are wider than most when looking straight-on. The gold design is another positive--and so is the price! Only $285 from Ross-Simons.
A pair of dangle earrings is another essential. My choice is by designer Jamie Joseph featured on Eliza Page. The navy blue of the lapis will match with just about anything from jeans to an evening dress. These are done in 14k white gold and are priced at $220. Please allow 4-6 weeks for ordering...so these are not a good idea for that wedding next weekend!
The last earring essential is classic, affordable and absolutely necessary: pearl studs (and I don't have any [sad face]) I like the bigger pearls...around 9-10mm. They can dress up anything--even jeans and a t-shirt. These are from Ben Bridge Jewelers in sunny San Diego, California. Price: $139.