While there are plenty of reasons to invest in classic pieces of jewelry like diamond studs, tennis bracelets or simple pendants, those don’t always work with everyone’s style or personal aesthetic.
Fortunately for those of us who prefer a different look, there are plenty of designers creating pieces that are made with the same high standards as more typical fine jewelry, but make a very different statement.
For instance, a basic pair of hoops might be an easy choice, but these layered earrings with diamonds by Charriol are much more interesting. Or for a real splurge, go for these platinum and diamond vintage Art Deco chandeliers that would look equally fabulous with jeans and a t-shirt or a cocktail dress.
Perhaps the most incredible and unique earring options we’ve ever seen are by Elise Dray, which are at once elegant and exotic.
If you prefer rings to earrings, the Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ring has become a modern classic in its own right, but choosing a stone and a style that fits your own look is quite a personal decision. We like this three-stone golden option, but really, all of the YSL Arty rings are pretty amazing, so just pick your favorite colors and metals and you can’t go wrong.
Or just choose your favorite gemstone and find a fabulous piece that makes it the highlight. This rainbow blue moonstone Art Deco choker might be one of the most amazing pieces you could possibly own if it works with your personal style – and the way the stones reflect light is remarkably flattering.
If silver is your color, the Apollo necklace by Lara Bohinc (available at Harrods) could be a wonderful choice which can add some drama to your everyday ensembles.
A statement cuff bracelet like this one from Salvatore Ferragamo manages to perfectly bridge the gap between ladies who lunch and a more edgy punk rock style. Worn with a button down or blazer it hints at a wild side, but add it to a stack of bracelets and a couple bold rings, and it says quite another.
Just because a pearl necklace or classic diamond earrings are considered the typical jewelry investments doesn’t mean that you need to choose those for your splurge pieces. Why not get something that fits your own aesthetic sensibilities?
1. Charriol Two-Hoop Diamond-Link Earrings, now $1,500
3. Elise Dray Plume de Paon Earrings, $5,693
4. Saint Laurent Three-Stone Arty Ring, $495
– Jacqueline Zenn
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