8 Pieces of Classic Jewelry Every Collection Should Have
There are certain classic jewelry pieces that belong in every jewelry collection. While trends come and go and everyone has their own unique style, these are the staple pieces that should round out any jewelry set, anchoring your collection and drawing on your singular fashion sense. Here are eight classic jewelry pieces to add to your jewelry box ASAP:
Having these two basic pairs of earrings on hand can help you complete your ensemble with minimal effort or thought, whether you’re keeping it casual or dressing up:
Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond stud earrings are a must-have for any jewelry collection. They pair well with virtually anything and they can dress up an outfit instantly, so they’re great pieces to reach for when you can’t decide how to put the finishing touches on an outfit. For an understated, elegant look, choose round diamond studs, or for a little more intrigue, you can branch out and choose something more floral.
Hoop earrings can be as casual or elegant as you want them to be. They’re an interesting type of jewelry because they can blend to match any look you’re going for, yet they still hold a lot of character. Huggies are tiny hoops that fit snugly around the earlobe, so they’re particularly easy to pair with other jewelry if you’re building an earscape. Larger hoops can create a bigger impact without overwhelming your ensemble. In addition to size, hoops can sparkle with gems, stick out of the crowd with colorful enamel, or even break the mold with different shapes.
A necklace can either be the focal point of your outfit or serve as a glimmery detail that adds just a little visual interest. Choosing a couple of strands for your jewelry box can help you create a baseline for several varied looks:
Pendant necklaces have been worn for centuries — talk about classic jewelry. A pendant necklace is a great way to incorporate your personality into a piece of jewelry because you can customize it as much as you want. There are so many routes you can choose: religious or spiritual symbols, a nameplate necklace for customization, your first initial, your zodiac sign… The world is your oyster here! Find one that rings true to you, or combine a few to make a statement.
A simple silver or gold chain necklace is a great way to add subtle shine to any outfit. Wear a chain necklace alone to create a simple, chic, casual look, or you can layer it with other necklaces (like, perhaps, your pendant necklace) for a more dynamic look. Choose a thicker curb chain for a bold statement, or opt for a paper clip chain for a daintier look.
Arm (or Wrist) Candy
If your outfit is missing something, take a look at your wrist: you might just need the perfect bracelet. Adding a bracelet to your ensemble can instantly complete your look and tie everything together. Here are two of our favorite staple bracelets that work for many outfits and occasions:
A tennis bracelet is a classic piece that features diamonds set in a thin, delicate chain and can add a dazzling touch to any outfit — from tennis skirt to cocktail dress. The tennis bracelet was popularized by Chris Evert, who famously requested a stop during a tennis match to find her lost diamond bracelet — be careful when you wear your jewelry on the court! Choose tennis bracelet diamonds set in a graduated style, an ornate pattern, or in a simple, sparkling row.
A bangle bracelet is a versatile piece that can be worn with anything from casual jeans to a formal evening gown. The structured look and set shape mean that bangles offer a different aesthetic than softer bracelets that drape or hang loosely on the wrist. You can select a diamond-studded bangle for extra pizazz, or choose a creative design like a lock and key detail.
For Your Fingers
With ten fingers and all kinds of stacking options, your hands are like a canvas for classic jewelry. Go simple with a solo ring, pair a couple together, or decorate each finger with bling from knuckle to nail. For an easy place to start, you can’t go wrong with these options:
A Simple Diamond Ring
A simple diamond ring is a great way to add some elegance to your collection. Choose a definitive piece that gives you the best of both worlds by combining a classic look with your personal style. You can choose a solitaire diamond for something simple or opt for a band of diamonds to make a splash.
Signet rings have been worn for centuries and are still popular today. They often have a flat, circular or oval shaped surface that can be engraved or bedazzled with gemstones, making signet rings a great way to add some customization to your collection. Wear a dainty signet ring on your pinky for a modern take on the classic look, or go big and bold with an already elaborate design.
How will you make these classic jewelry pieces your own? Browse the Miki and Jane collection for more inspiration! We can’t wait to see how you wear them.