the rules of jewels: jewelry 101

play by the rules.



Pick one. 
There are four basic jewelry types: earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces.  
Think of it this way: You want one of the jewelry types (earrings, bracelets, rings or necklaces) to stand out and be the focal piece. Then you can pick one, or maybe two, but not three, of the other types as supplementary jewelry. And it’s better to spread them out around your body. 

For example: If you want bracelets to be the center of attention, you can use small supplementary earrings and small supplementary ring(s). If you want the necklace to be the center of attention, skip the earrings (they are too close together, on the grand scheme of your bo-day) and add small supplementary ring(s), because they are further away from the necklace. It’s all about balance. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing 20 pounds of jewelry around your face and be totally out of balance with the rest of your body. 

Go, don’t match. 
I know for a fact that you can go out and buy a set of jewelry at a clothing store that is a set of earrings with a matching necklace with a matching bracelet and a matching ring. You’re probably thinking, ‘man, that was easy! This is a full outfit of jewelry and it’s all decided for me! I am such a fashionista!’ but under no circumstances should you be wearing these things together, or all at once. Your jewelry, just like your clothing, should GO, not MATCH. A turquoise necklace should not be worn with a turquoise ring and bracelet. On the contrary! It should be worn with some simple, SUPPLEMENTARY (see, there’s that word again!), metal, jewelry. Such as small rings or a thin bangle. I reiterate: DO NOT MATCH.

Don't crowd your clothing.
Your clothing should always take center stage. If you have a shirt with a big ruffled neckline or lots of jewels or god knows what else fashion designers are coming up with these days, keep jewelry AWAYYYYY. Pay attention to any intricate beaded, ruffled, or whatever else details and balance your jewelry likewise.

If you still don't really get it...
if you're getting ready to go out & don't know if you have too much jewelry or not enough:
a) take a quick look into a full-length mirror. If the first thing you see is the jewelry, take something off.
b) if you feel like there is even a possibility that you could be over-accessorized, take something off.




earrings.

     Short. Go well with most outfits – very versatile, but can also be very boring. I’m not a fan of simple gold studs, but that’s because I’m an earring fiend. They are my second favourite piece of jewelry, besides rings.I say if you're going to wear studs, make them at least a bit interesting.

     Medium. Medium earrings are best for day-to-day. They're usually not basic and they're not usually dramatic... they fall somewhere in between. Not much to say about them.

     Long. Long earrings, and I mean looooong, are the love of my life. In my opinion, they are the most fashionable type of earring, and that’s because they make a statement and draw the attention to your face and collarbones. Long earrings look best with your hair up (or if you have short hair, they always work) – I might feel this way because I have very long hair and they get lost in it when it’s down, and then I go to comb my hair and forget they’re there and end up hurting myself. Beware the dangers of jewelry.

      Mixing earrings with other jewelry. As a rule, I do not wear necklaces and earrings together – it’s too much. One must be chosen. The exceptions to this rule are if you are wearing very small, plain studs with a statement necklace, or if you are a supermodel, or if you are going to a very trendy event where people will understand that it is worn together out of fashion knowledge, not fashion stupidity. However, I don’t find a lot of these places in Calgary, and therefore I stick to the Earrings or Necklace rule. 



 

Stay tuned for the rules 
on bracelets, rings & necklaces!

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