Style is a fairly simple endeavor once you curate the essential building blocks: a little black dress, simple pumps, black boots, a favorite pair of jeans. These are the wear-every-day pieces we happily invest in knowing that we’ll love them season after season because they are always in style. The appeal of staple pieces is the ability to go from day to night effortlessly and look polished in an instant. Now, it’s time to apply the same treatment to your jewelry box.
Top 10 Classic Jewelry Staples Every Woman Should Own
Diamonds studs are truly a must-have accessory. These studs can be for whenever and wherever – from day to night, for work, school or special occasion. You never need to take these off!
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The Go-With-Everything Necklace
This easy to wear necklace is one you can wear all-day-everyday; you can dress it up or down. The go-with-everything necklace is an elegant addition that adds the right amount of understated glamour to your ensemble.
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A Bold Cuff Bracelet
A simple cuff bracelet is a great accent to any outfit. You can also wear it in stacks with your other bracelets – creating an ultra-chic style. For maximum versatility, select metal bracelets with a classic design and clean aesthetic.
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Hoop earrings frame your face while making a style statement. Make sure you pick a pair that are scaled to your features; the ideal size is usually between 1 to 2 inches, depending on your facial shape. Simple hoops can instantly dress up your jeans-and-a-tee look or add a glam to your evening look when paired with an up-do.
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We’ve been doing this for years with our bridal sets, but this staple also extends to fashion rings. The right mix of rings can complement each other when you wear varying sizes and metals. Add bands over the years to mark milestones such as travel destinations, anniversaries or motherhood and grow your collection.
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A Layering Necklace
Create multiple looks with a versatile layering necklace, which is perfect to wear with anything from a plain t-shirt to an evening gown. Wear one long or double it up. Not sure how to layer your necklaces with your daytime outfit? Go for variety. Pair your delicate, shorter chains with slightly chunkier, longer necklaces. For example, start with your shortest chain (14” works best), and start adding chains in a variety of lengths, weight, and metals.
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A Strand of Pearls
There are few accessories more iconic than pearls. This accessory transcends trends and doesn’t care how old you are; a simple strand of pearls can take you through all the major moments of your life with elegance. Much like the layering necklace, a strand of pearls can instantly dress up a more casual look. Easily go from day to night switching to a little black dress; the contrast between black and white will make those pearls pop!
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The beauty of simple studs: look effortlessly chic in a flash. Simple stud earrings can pull together your entire look or add a simple touch of style for every occasion, day or night.
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A Cocktail Ring
These statement rings are not just for cocktail parties. A cocktail ring can add a “wow” factor and sparkle to any look for day or night. For sizing, stay proportional to your hands – if you have small hands, go for a dainty ring; if you have larger hands, go big or go home!
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A Diamond Necklace
A simple diamond necklace is a great foundation pendant for your collection that offers the right amount of sparkle. A diamond necklace is a piece that can stand on its own with a simple outfit or provide extra shine when paired with chandelier earrings and a gown.
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Bonus: A Tennis Bracelet
Originally known as an “eternity bracelet,” tennis bracelets are a single row of diamonds worn on the wrist. This classic bracelet looks excellent with your favorite watch or as a building block for your stack of bracelets. This versatile bracelet offers movement and a dose of sparkle.
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Make sure you have at least one staple piece in your jewelry box that is your go-to, signature item. Sometimes, this piece is an heirloom or a piece with sentimental value. Lastly, try to focus on your favorite metals and add these classic staples to easily transform your t-shirts, LBDs and work wear.