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Top 10 Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman

Written by: Editorial Staff

April 6, 2011
Filed Under Fashion 


A list of the top ten essential jewelry pieces for every womanContributed by Elyse Perez, Top 10 Guru

Forget the overloaded, bursting-at-the-seams jewelry box that used to sit on your auntie’s dressing table. Make a fresh start and begin building a unique and wearable jewelry collection.

Jewelry is the best way to really flash your personal style. Here are my top ten essential jewelry pieces for every woman. Start your collection here:

10. Brooch


Want to update your look for an upcoming event, but not looking to buy a new outfit? Try accessorizing outside the box by wearing a brooch. If you’re afraid to wear color, wearing a brooch as an accessory is a great way to add personality without too much flair. Please refrain from wearing pins that say things like, “A+ Teacher.” Accessories such as these are not considered brooches, and should only be worn when the occasion is right.

9. Light necklace


A light necklace, such as a crucifix or cross pendant, is a great piece to wear when you want to bring attention to your neckline with a smaller piece. If you feel like you want to dress up your casual look, but don’t want to overdo it, add a light necklace. What’s considered light? Pieces with daintier chains, and smaller charms or pendants. These necklaces should feel light, not heavy or bulky. Their spiritual meaning gives them a special place in your jewelry drawer.

8. Bracelet

A bracelet is one of the top ten essential jewelry pieces

When accessorizing an outfit, you want your bracelet to be able to stand on its own. Try not to overdo your jewelry by wearing too many pieces, because this can clutter your look. When adding interesting bracelets to an outfit, try pairing them with other jewelry pieces of contrasting sizes.

7. Watch

trendy watch

Unless you’re retired to a secluded beach home is Costa Rica and don’t care what time it is, you just need one. When shopping for a watch choose something that fits your frame and matches your style. If you are trying to make an investment, go with a more traditional piece. If you are looking for something to add to your collection, don’t be afraid to buy a more trendy watch. What’s in style may not be in style next year, but trends will always repeat themselves.

6. Hoops

Hoops are one of the top ten essential jewelry pieces

Hoops are a great in-between earring; not a stud, but not a chandelier. The range of hoop styles are endless; small or large, short or long, delicate or bold, delicate and bold. The ultimate essential accessory, the hoop earring that can be matched for any occasion, whether it’s casual, dressy, or anywhere in between.

5. Ring

rings at cjewels

A ring is an essential piece of jewelry to own because it’s always wearable. Unsure about what type of fashion ring to look for? Don’t be afraid to pick out a costume piece as a statement; they’re great for adding a small pop of interest. Or, you can go with a traditional gold or silver. These precious metals will act as a neutral and will go with anything.

4. Pearls

Pearls are one of the top ten essential pieces of jewelry

Whether it’s a strand or studs, pearls are an essential piece in every jewelry box. Their popularity may come and go, but their image will never fade. When choosing pearls, you don’t necessarily have to buy the traditional pearl necklace; go with pieces that are trendy and match your style. You want pearls to be an investment, so look for a piece you can wear for different occasions, something that adds interest to a casual outfit and sophistication to a dressier one.

3. Chandelier

Chandelier earrings are one of the top ten essential jewelry pieces

And I don’t mean the one in a formal dining room. I’m talking earrings! Chandelier earrings are great as stand-alone pieces, and add the right amount of drama to a going-out look. Go for glittery gemstone chandeliers and something arty and colorful. No need for extra accessories! Just a dress and lipstick and you’re out the door.

2. Costume

Costume jewelry is one of the top ten essential pieces of jewelry

Every woman needs a little funk in her life. And I don’t mean the smell coming from your boyfriend’s gym clothes. Costume jewelry can be bold without being over the top. If your wardrobe palette is usually neutral, costume jewelry is a great way to give you a pop of color without making you too uncomfortable.

1. Studs

Studs are one of the top ten essential jewelry pieces

Studs make a great accessory, and excellent boyfriends. I joke. Whether they are diamond studs, pearl studs, silver or gold, studs are a great for everyday wear. Big or small, studs bring attention to your face and help finish your look.

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