Statement jewelry – rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings – has been a popular trend for quite a while now, and we know why. Statement pieces are one of the easiest ways to add interest to any basic outfit and they can be absolutely gorgeous, like artwork in jewelry form.
But sometimes you want the rest of your outfit to take center stage, or perhaps you’re just not into oversize or otherwise standout jewelry. Which makes these pieces of subtle delicate jewelry quite useful and compelling. You can also layer them on to create a standout look. Here are some of our favorites:
Simple Station Bracelets – These can be worn as layering piece with a stack of other bracelets (and they often look great on the same wrist with your watch) or as a way to add a bit of interest to an outfit. This rose gold and white chain station bracelet by Max & Chloe is an ideal piece that could stand alone or play well with others. This sterling and citrine bangle by Ariva is another option.
Chain Necklaces – A simple yellow gold or white gold chain is nice, but something like this Giani Bernini necklace can add an extra level of interest to an outfit, especially if you pair with shorter necklaces like this double ring necklace from World Market, or an intriguing gemstone pendant like this silver, marcasite, and turquoise circle necklace by Max & Chloe.
Stacking Rings – If one ring is good, a whole stack of them is better! You can rock multiples, or go simple with one or two thin rings on each hand. Go affordable with this set from Target (they come in a lot of colors, but our favorite is this chocolate brown and gold version), or get a little punk with these twisted silver and brass rings by Carolyn Pollack. Go high-end with these intricate sculptural rose gold stacking rings by Emily Amey Jewelry.
Unique Stud Earrings – While diamond and pearl studs are both classics, sometimes it is fun to choose something more unique and unusual, like these Tree of Life studs by Bling Jewelry. Plus, with stud earrings, even something funky and unusual can read as more conservative than oversize or dangling earrings.
Last but not least, if you normally prefer bolder jewelry, you can always wear multiples and layer these pieces. That’s the beauty of smaller, more delicate items. Or you can rock them on their own and showcase the rest of your ensemble, along with your natural beauty, of course!
2. Ariva Sterling & Citrine Bangle, $350
– Jacqueline Zenn
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