Rule #1: Keep it Minimal, Silly
Minimal is the new statement. Sure, cheap junk jewellery seems like a logical way forward, but it looks just that – cheap. Instead of hoarding those baubles, and we don’t need to tell you how the shelf-life of said baubles is shorter than Priyanka Chopra’s relationship with Harman Baweja, invest in classics like a tennis bracelet or solitaire studs.
Rule #2: Look for the Dark Side
The fundamental rule for buying jewellery is this – stay away from shiny metal. Bright and shiny should be your credo for life, not jewellery. Shiny metals, whether real or junk, just end up looking wrong and cheap. Look for darker tones of silver and gold or for burnished or matte finishes.
Rule #3: Colour me Gemstones
Semi-precious gemstones such as amethysts and quartz can look chic and very of-the-moment. Unlike the metals they are set in, with these lighter tints and high clarity works. The clearer they are, the more expensive they look.
Rule #4: Master the Art of Layering
Layering is the hottest trend around the block and is best channelled with real jewellery. Pair three or more light chains of varying lengths for a quick ‘n’ easy update to your outfit, whether it’s a grey tee or a crisp white shirt.
Rule #5: Those Rose Gold Tinted Glasses
Before Apple tried to make the iPhone rose gold happen, rose gold enjoyed quite a stint in 19th Century Russia. This alloy of gold is making a comeback now and we’re only too happy about this. Unlike its shiny-happy yellow cousin this has a subtle effect and when paired with white gold or diamonds, its understated elegance can make a thrift shop outfit runway ready.
Rule #6: Let Design Speak
The blingy-flashy fad of the early part of this decade has given up its wild ways and embraced subtlety. Now, craft and design take precedence over size and shine. When it comes to ‘statement pieces’, stick to one piece that has the potential to be a talking point. Think ear cuffs or choker necklaces that put a new spin on old classics. This is the era of jewellery evolution so keep up with the times.