Classic jewelry is the perfect gift for a friend – or for yourself. While jewelry trends are forever changing, there are some pieces that add timeless elegance to any outfit that you will find yourself wearing again and again. Here’s our edit of the top seven items that every jewelry lover should own.
1. DROP EARRINGS
Whether jeweled, enameled, or chandelier-style, a pair of gorgeous drop earrings draw attention to your face, adding a stylish finishing touch to your party attire as well as a dash of class to the most ordinary every-day looks. Wear with an up-do for effortless chic.
2. PEARL NECKLACE
From Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn, there’s a good reason that pearls have been a favorite of some of the world’s most stylish women since time immemorial. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a single strand or the opulence of layers, a pearl necklace goes with everything from an evening gown to jeans and a (smart) jumper.
3. CUFF BRACELET
Who doesn’t love a stylish cuff? The ancient Greeks certainly did, and they’ve rarely gone out of style ever since. Sleek metal pieces with eye-catching geometric designs are eternally popular, as are jeweled and snake-themed pieces. They look superb with a tan, too.
4. HOOP EARRINGS
Gold or silver hoops will never date and there are so many variations – small and delicate, over-sized and bold, adorned with beads or charms, spangled or sparkling, to name a few. We love hoops within hoops and classic hoops featuring a pop of color. We just can’t get enough!
5. STATEMENT NECKLACE
Every woman should have at least one statement necklace that reflects her individual style. Stick to silver, gold and precious or semi-precious stones for a truly timeless look, or experiment with textiles and ceramic for a less traditional take. For maximum effect, pair with a simple blouse in a neutral or block color.
6. COCKTAIL RING
Like the statement necklace, a bold cocktail ring worn with confidence will always draw admiring looks. Invented in the 1920s, the classic cocktail ring features a large, colourful precious stone, designed to twinkle flirtatiously from across the room. However, contemporary jewelry designers have created a diversity of variations in a range of materials to suit any mood or occasion.
7. PENDANT NECKLACE
Pendant necklaces will always be fashionable and are a go-to for everyday wear, from the office to the school-run to lunch with friends. We love a dainty gold or silver chain with a pendant, worn with a V-necked blouse to show it off properly. Pendants with floral or animal motifs are enduringly popular and make a thoughtful gift.
While it’s always fun to embrace new trends, you will find numerous ways to wear and enjoy classic pieces like these. Classic jewelry is a bit like a little black dress – handy, dependable, and forever versatile.