Whether you're a jewelry enthusiast who loves a good statement piece or a sporadic, minimalist user who can't always be bothered to put on something shiny, this thing's for sure: determining your jewelry persona is essential. Think of it as finding the perfect nude lipstick or your defining scent. Once you've found it, it stays a part of you forever.
Ahead, 5 simple steps
that will guide you on the road to a neatly curated jewelry box:
Step 1: Analyze Your Wardrobe
Open your closet and pull out your favorite pieces, then take a step back and ponder: which styles are predominant? Colors, shapes, silhouettes... what is their common denominator? Classic cuts and neutrals or feminine pieces and impeccably fitted tops? Whichever the case may be, your signature look will stand out to you in an instant! And once you’ve found it, make sure that your jewelry amplifies that unique, personal look instead of overriding it.
Step 2: Observe Your Daily Activities
It may not be apparent at first, but your daily activities have quite a lot to do with determining your favorite jewelry pieces. For example, laptop users or writers might find rings and bracelets to be the most visually stimulating (call them good mood boosters), whereas necklaces may be more valuable to sales or PR professionals, as they draw attention to the face. The take-away? Invest in pieces which don't just make you feel good, but which also go well with your day-to-day life – you'll be more inclined to wear them that way. Win and win!
Step 3: Take A Close Look At Your Current Favorites
It could be a ring you got from your mother on your 16th birthday or a special bracelet from your significant other... The fact is, your favorite jewelry pieces are a clear indicator of what you naturally lean towards, so don’t hesitate to get more of the same type. Remember: staying true to yourself is critical. Always.
Step 4: Pick Your Colors
Blue, purple or red? Colorful jewelry can make a strong impact on your appearance and mood, so here are some quick tips on how to choose it well… Start by considering your hair and eye colors. If you're looking to make a statement, go for contrasts: purple earrings will make green eyes appear even greener, while brown and hazel eyes will look even more stunning next to blue jewelry. If you want to take a more subtle approach, forgo contrasts altogether and opt for similar color tones which finely support each other.
1) Marine Blue Lapis Ring
2) Violet Glory Amethyst Earrings
3) Crimson Pride Zircon Earrings
Step 5: Edit, Edit, Then Edit Some More
Your mantra should be “Shop. Wear. Edit.” In time, your jewelry collection will get more and more cohesive and all of your pieces will follow the same general directions. As you wear and continuously mix-and-match them, you'll learn to pinpoint exactly what your favorite combinations are and which items can compliment your style on different occasions. Earrings, a pair of well-chosen rings or a statement necklace... jewelry should be able tell who you are, without you having to utter a single word. That's the path to a personal, effortless and yet oh-so-chic jewelry persona. Good luck!