My ears were pierced when I was a newborn at the hospital, as was the tradition in Egypt, so I feel like I was literally born to wear jewelry. That’s why I think you should take my bossy jewelry edicts very seriously. I know my stuff.
Seriously, though, it can sometimes be a challenge to get the most use out of our favorite jewelry pieces, and to wear them together in a way that is visually pleasing and that also looks contemporary. We don’t want to look like we are wearing every piece we own, all at once, in a dated and jumbled way, but we also don’t want to look like we left the house and forgot to accessorize.
I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it. LOL That’s why I hope that some of these principles will help you wear the pieces that you have and love, and bring in some new ones to update the mix and create your own signature jewelry look.
The Gingiberi pieces I featured in this video:
- Starry Night Necklace
- Strobile Single Pearl Necklace
- Gold Bracelet with Pearl Dangle
- Gold Ring with Diamond
- Delicate Gold Ring
- Jewelry Box
- Cleopatra Snake Earrings
Don’t Over Match
A matched set of jewelry is not a modern look and is definitely an aging one. Instead, mix it up and make the look your own. Keep the focal point to one piece, and keep the rest of your jewelry simple.
Mix Old & New
The most modern and most personal way to war jewelry is to mix old and new pieces together. Combine your newer Gingiberi pieces with your sentimental favorites for a truly unique look. In this look, modeled by Lola, we’re combining my new fave Gingiberi Strobile necklace with a sentimental favorite that was a gift from my daughters.
Consider matching warm metals with warmer-toned outfits and cool metals with cool-toned outfits for a harmonious look. This is just a suggestion for a more classic look but might be a fun concept to try.
Decide If You’re Classic or Creative
If you have classic jewelry style, you prefer matching metals and keeping elements, textures, and scale the same. If you have creative jewelry style, you prefer mixing metals, elements, and scale to create an eclectic look.
Strive For Balance
Balance your jewelry look by choosing one focal point, or keeping statement pieces far apart. For example, you can do a statement bracelet and statement earrings, but it’s usually best to skip statement earrings and a statement necklace.
As a general rule, small earrings, big necklace, or small necklace, big earrings.
Rule of 3
Consider buying and stacking rings, bracelets, and necklaces in groups of 3 for a modern but achievable look.
How to Layer Necklaces
Layering necklaces is fun and a great way to express your personal style, and there are truly very few rules and only a couple of guidelines. In general:
- Keep the largest pendant at the bottom
- Allow 1-2″ between necklaces
- Consider 2 charms on one chain
- Consider combining thickness, texture, and color to create a unique look
- Your Fashion Fit Formula necklace length should be used for the lowest (bottom) necklace
How to Layer Rings
Stacked rings have been trending for years, and they are a great way to customize your jewelry look. You can space rings apart on your fingers, or wear them next to each other. There’s really no wrong way to do this.
How to Layer Bracelets
A bracelet stack tells you a lot about a woman, and can be an easy way to express your personal style. Here are 5 elements to consider in a bracelet stack:
- A Hard bracelet, like a cuff or bangle
- A “Soft” bracelet, like a chain of some kind
- A sparkly bracelet
- A textured bracelet (leather, wood, beads)
- A colored bracelet
Some other tips to keep in mind:
- Try wearing your bracelet stack on your non-dominant hand
- Consider layering bracelets with watches on the same wrist, or wear them on separate wrists
- Decide whether you want your bracelet stack on the same side as your wedding set, or on the opposite side
Which of these jewelry styling tips did you find to be the most helpful? And what’s your biggest challenge when it comes to styling jewelry? Let me know in the comments!