Jewelry can make or break an outfit. Although you may want many options, having a few staples allows you to create the perfect outfit for any occasion. When purchasing your staples, choose pieces that match or complement each other in color or style. While you need earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, a stunning luxury watch will always elevate an outfit. Mixing and matching these accessory essentials can give you a look that’s chic, sleek, or elevated casual.
1. Pearl Necklace
Pearl necklaces are the ideal accessory for almost any ensemble or event. Whether you’re going to an afternoon garden party or an evening at the opera, pearls are appropriate. You can use them to dress up a simple summer dress or to complement an evening gown.
There are several options for pearl necklaces. For ultimate luster, choose a strand of Akoya pearls that spent at least two years in the water after seeding. While most Akoya are white, there are several rarer varieties that come in blue, silver blues, and gold. If you prefer black or rainbow-colored pearls, choose a strand of Tahitian pearls—an exotic rarity.
Pearl necklaces come in multiple lengths. A pearl choker is between 14”-16” and works with most necklines. The princess necklace’s length is 17”-19” and showcases a high neckline or works with a plunging one. The opera necklace and pearl rope are much longer and can be worn long or doubled to create a layered look.
A pearl necklace is a perfect way to turn your black business dress into a little black dress fit for the club. To complete the look, change into ankle boots and add a matching pearl bracelet or drop earrings.
2. Locket Necklace
Pearls may be timeless, but an heirloom locket necklace gives your outfit a touch of unique elegance. Whether you’re dressing for an important interview or meeting your partner at a Michelin-starred restaurant for a date, a locket necklace is perfect. Combine it with diamond studs or small hoop earrings and a fine chain so as not to draw attention from the showpiece locket. Keep a small photo of your loved ones in your heirloom locket to help you feel close to them, even when you’re away.
3. Tennis Bracelet
A tennis bracelet is the epitome of class. These elegant diamond bracelets slim your wrist and pull your ensemble together. Choose a white gold or platinum bracelet to ensure it matches most of your jewelry. If you prefer gems, buy a tennis bracelet made with sapphires, rubies, or emeralds to add a splash of color to your wrist. A tennis bracelet complements almost any outfit. Whether you’re going to the country club for a quick game or on a date night, it suits the occasion.
4. Elegant Hoop Earrings
Hoop earrings can amp up any outfit and highlight your facial features. Use them to show your personality, even if you need to wear demure or plain clothing for work. Gold hoop earrings add class to your suit, while silver is slightly edgier. For those who want to express themselves, choose hoop earrings studded with small diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.
5. Luxury Watch
A luxury watch shows that you care about design, excellence, and tradition. You will always turn heads with one of the top high-end women’s watches. There are several style options of luxury watches to fit different lifestyles. Choose from various options, from sporty, high-end watches designed to withstand the pressures of deep-sea diving to stylish, diamond-encrusted statement pieces.
Before choosing your luxury watch, determine whether you want to wear it regularly or only for special occasions. For everyday use, choose a watch with a stainless steel bracelet, so it complements most outfits and jewelry. However, if you plan on only wearing your luxury watch to formal events, you could choose one with a gold bracelet.
6. Diamond Studs
Diamond studs are a timeless classic for a reason. They go with everything and add a touch of glamor to any outfit, necklace, or hairstyle. They also are perfect for new moms worried about grasping little hands or women concerned about catching their earrings at work. Medium-sized diamond studs are perfect for every occasion. For elegant dinners, pair them with a matching diamond pendant, or keep it more chic with a sterling silver statement pendant.
7. Pearl Earrings
Pearl earrings can range from simple and elegant to dramatic. Pearl stud earrings are ideal for everyday wear, while pearl drop earrings or chandelier-style pieces are the perfect choice for a night out. A matching Akoya pearl choker and Akoya pearl earrings will make your office outfit more sophisticated, while a stunning Tahitian black pearl earring set will set you apart from the crowd.
8. Cocktail Rings
Cocktail rings aren’t just for formal evenings. Use them to spruce up your everyday workwear or to impress your date at dinner. A sparkly cocktail ring can also serve as a conversation starter, especially if it’s unique. For full impact, invest in matching earrings and a necklace and wear a gown in a complementary color. If you inherit your cocktail ring or lose weight, you might worry about it slipping off. Ring size adjusters are relatively inexpensive and will ensure your ring fits your finger perfectly. If the ring is far too big or small, see a jewelry expert who can resize your ring.
9. A Luxe Cuff Bracelet
A cuff bracelet is a stylish piece that is versatile enough to wear with corporate attire or to an evening event. Slightly wider than a standard bangle, these pieces have a small opening that is designed to slip around your wrist and can be adjusted to fit snugly.
Look for pieces made from white, rose, or yellow gold, as other metals tend to become brittle and break after numerous adjustments. You can find a wide variety of stunning cuff bracelets, from simple hammered metal to gem-encrusted pieces. Cuffs are also ideal for engraving, so you can personalize your jewelry collection by etching your name, the name of a loved one, or a special date into the back.
For a wardrobe staple, you’ll need something that goes with any outfit, so opt for a cuff with subtle details like this stunning Robert Coin Primavera Cuff with a woven gold bracelet and glittering rubies embedded at the ends.
10. Statement Necklace
The jewelry staple is a statement necklace. What this means differs from woman to woman and depends on your style. If you love chunky silver jewelry, you might want a statement necklace that relies on intricate designs and textures. For women who prefer sleeker, more elegant jewelry, a diamond and gold necklace might fit better. Others might prefer jewels, whether that’s jade, emerald, or amethyst. Whatever your style, everyone should have a statement necklace that expresses their style in their jewelry box.