6 Rules for Wearing Jewelry That Every Woman Should Know

6 Rules for Wearing Jewelry That Every Woman Should Know

Jewelry is a great way to enhance any outfit and express yourself. However, there are a few rules you should follow to ensure your sparkly accessories look their best.

Whether you’re dressing for an important meeting or adding the finishing touches to your daily look, there are a few rules I recommend following when wearing jewelry, no matter the occasion.


#1: Select One Statement Piece

Regardless of the dress code, it’s always better to stick to one statement piece to avoid overwhelming your look. It could be an oversized necklace or an elaborate pair of diamond earrings. Either way, select one statement piece to enhance your look and draw attention to your best features, then keep the rest of your jewelry simple.

Shop Cartier’s Agrafe Necklace

#2: Consider the Occasion

Occasion matters when it comes to picking your accessories. Bold jewelry and excessive layering are best avoided at the office, while diamonds, pearls, and statement pieces are perfect for formal events. Think about what would be appropriate for the event or occasion before layering on your favorite jewels.

Shop Tiffany & Co.’s Diamond Bracelet

#3: Don’t Be Afraid to Mix and Match Metals

Forget the outdated rule of matching your jewelry—and metals. Nowadays, mixing metals and playing around with different designs and styles is a great way to refresh your look. The best way to do it is by stacking your things, layering necklaces in both gold and silver, or even wearing mismatched earrings. A great example of a piece that mixes and matches metals is this platinum and gold bracelet by Tiffany & Co. Isn’t it stunning?

Shop Tiffany & Co.’s 36 Stone Bracelet

#4: Match Your Necklace with Your Neckline

One rule that’s here to stay: always match your necklace with your neckline. If you’re wearing a statement choker, pair it with a strapless top or dress, V-neck, or scoop-necked top. Avoid wearing collars, halter necks, or details like ruffles with statement pieces, as they don’t tend to look good together.

Shop Bulgari’s Monete Choker Necklace

#5: Keep Your Hands Groomed if You Wear Rings

If you love adorning your fingers with sparkly rings, remember that this will draw attention to your hands—so make sure they look their best! Groom your nails and moisturize your hands to make your rings look even more incredible. Since jewelry draws attention to your features, you want to make sure you look lovely.


Shop David Yurman’s DY Origami Ring


#6: Less is More (Most of the Time)

Unless you’ve been invited to the Met Gala where more is more, always keep your jewelry minimal and tasteful. Stick to one statement piece like a pair of chandelier earrings or a cocktail ring, and pair it with more simplistic pieces so that you don’t overwhelm your look. Most of the time less really is more when it comes to accessorizing with jewelry.

Shop Harry Winston’s Round Brilliant Diamond Earstuds

Coco Chanel famously advised: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.”

That is one of the best jewelry rules of all time!


About The Author


Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.

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