With New Years around the corner and as invites begin to pour into soirees and galas, planning your outfits early, is key. In addition to thinking of the right outfit, shoes, bags, and make-up look, getting your jewelry just right is key. This is the time of the year to sparkle, but each occasion will require a range of different looks – ranging from chic sophistication to colorful artistry. Set aside these stunning items in your jewelry collection and, why not? Make them the main inspiration for the rest of your festive look.
Stacked rings are an excellent choice when understated sparkle is called for. Think an after-work cocktail or daytime lunch. Monica Vinader’s ‘everyday quality jewelry’ collections comprise both fine diamond pave stacking rings, as well as larger stacks bearing colorful gems like amazonite, turquoise, and moonstone. These gems can be used to pick up colors used in your outfit, whether monochrome looks or prints are your things.
The stacked look works very well when mixed with wide dress rings like Messika’s beautiful Move Addiction rings, featuring moving diamonds. Unlike Chopard’s Happy Diamonds (which are encased in sapphire crystal), the diamonds in this collection can move freely, owing to the beautifully crafted design. Jazz your Move Addiction ring up by wearing rings of various widths on different fingers, using finer stacking rings beneath wide rings on the same finger. Don’t be afraid to wear various hues of metals at once; mixed metals are in, even when worn on the same hand.
Monica Vinader is the Queen of the semi-precious friendship bracelet, with her Fiji and other collections boasting engravable designs, sparkling pave diamonds, adjustable metal rope and more. Friendship bracelets are ideal for a daytime event. Make sure your little one has a matching bracelet. Modern companies allow you to engrave jewelry in your own writing or using illustrations made by your children.These bracelets can be as plain or personal as you want them to be.
Nothing beats Cartier’s stunning Love collection, which has become a big icon for Hollywood celebrities owing to its understated elegance. Stack a simple yellow gold Love bracelet with a white gold Ecrou de Cartier bracelet or the curvy Juste en Clou Bracelet for a night event. Stacking is in everywhere – including the arms. Fashion icons are combining different shaped bracelets (bangles, chains, and metallic/leather combinations) for real shine. Stacked looks are ideal for daytime events; at night time, you might want to bring out the sparklier stuff!
Ear climber earrings are arguably one of the most important look of the season but this design from Suárez (a Spanish high-end jewelry firm), bearing a total of 1.07 carats of gorgeous diamond sparkle, is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen. If you are going to an elegant gala, an ear climber comprising diamonds (think a mixed white-and-black design), or ‘big three’ gems (sapphires, rubies, or emeralds) will add elegance to your look.
The Mukhi Sisters in Lebanon have fast made a name for designing powerful jewelry with a feminist vibe. Dress your ears up in what is undoubtedly one of the biggest selling items in their collections: the Serpentine Earcuff, which covers the entire length of the ear and contains three gorgeous chains in rich yellow gold. From boho chic to delicate femininity, there are so many fashionable ear cuff designs to choose from in this sisterly brand.
One big trend is to use different designs on each other, rather than wearing a standard pair of earrings. Chopard’s Ice Cub Pure earrings, which come in three different shades of gold, are delicate little sparkling diamond bars that work very well with hoops and almost any earring design. It is tiny and elegant and can also be worn alone for a minimalist look. Wear an earring from Chopard’s Ice Cube collection on the other ear for a stronger geometric focus.
Layered necklaces in yellow gold continue to hold sway though these days we are seeing interesting combinations – including fine twisted diamond pave chains married to long and short medals or signature pendants alike. Divas’ dream is an ideal collection to layer since pendants come in a variety of colors and metals. Wear two or three at a time with a simple outfit such as an LBD or a monochrome black jumpsuit. Pair this outfit up with high heels and a sparkly clutch and turn a few heads at your next party.
Wow, partygoers at the next big do with yellow gold, large-size necklace by Versace, featuring the iconic Medusa in center stage. These necklaces come in a variety of sizes but they work beautifully in large size, especially when teamed up with a relatively simple black blazer-and-top combination.
You may find that you’re invited to various daytime galas these days. Whether you are attending a real estate presentation or the launch of a new showroom or retail shop, you can liven up your office look with a designer brooch by Chanel on your jacket or blazer. To make a powerful impact, it’s got to be the double C logo itself. Choose from matte or sparkly designs and pair them up with a power blazer over a fitting dress or trousers.
We have given just a few ideas of jewelry to wear this festive season. Remember that you will probably be invited to various daytime as well as night-time events so you will need to dream up various looks. One of the best features of jewelry is that most pieces (with the exception, perhaps, of tiaras or high-end, large-sized diamonds and big three gems) can be adapted today and night-time looks. From tiny dazzling diamond studs to eye-catching ear creepers, jewelry is a way to express your love for fashion and your own personality. This holiday season, opt for pieces that you feel comfortable in and represented by. Jewelry can be small and dainty or impactful and statement-size, so experiment with both so no two looks are ever the same.