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How Much Jewelry is Too Much to Wear at Once?

9 Guidelines

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Coco Chanel once advised, “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” It is commonly understood that jewelry overkill is a fashion no-no, but sometimes it’s hard to tell when you’ve crossed that line. What’s more, it’s hard to tell if you should take off the last two or three things you put on instead of just one.

There is no set rule about the number of pieces one should wear, but there are a few guidelines to follow when making the choice about whether to slip on that bracelet or to put it back on the velvet lining in your jewelry box and save it for next time.

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Guideline 1: Don’t allow your jewelry to distract from yourself and your outfit. When choosing what jewelry to wear, you should ask whether it will add or detract from your natural look and your outfit. For example, don’t wear a stack of bangles and a stack of necklaces. Opt for one stack if you’re a fan of the look. Wearing too much jewelry confuses onlookers and can ruin the beauty of your favorite piece. (source: Alexandra Styles)

Guideline 2: Although this contradicts the above statement that says there are no rules for how much jewelry to wear, there is at least one rule: Don’t wear big earrings and a big necklace. Instead, choose a focal piece to centralize your look and coordinate other pieces with it. (source: Wall Street Journal)

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Guideline 3: Coordinate your jewelry with the material you’re wearing. Thin silks and sheers do not go well with chunky jewelry, and the chunky jewelry can appear to be too much adornment. Similarly, tiny, thin chains on your necklace don’t usually suit a chunky sweater. (source: Street Directory, Wall Street Journal)

Guideline 4: Think about the vibe you’re aiming to achieve. If you’re going for boho, you can wear more jewelry. If you’re going for elegant, stay away from lots of jewelry, unless you have figured out how to layer necklaces like Coco. (Harper’s Bazaar)

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Guideline 5: Pay attention to your hair. If you have long hair and you plan to wear it down, dangly earrings may look chaotic or messy. If you have short hair or thin hair and you wear huge earrings, they may stand out too much and be distracting. In this case, the size of the jewelry makes it look like you are wearing too much. (source: Street Directory)

Guideline 6: Dress for the occasion. If you’re going to a fancy fundraiser dinner, match elegant jewelry and go big, but not too big. But if you’re going to the grocery store, class, or work, you might want to opt for less jewelry. (source: YouQueen)

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Guideline 7: No matter where you are, don’t wear jewelry that is noisy. Literally. While bangles are great, jingling bangles in a quiet library or at the workplace or not. Don’t be the annoying cubicle neighbor; quiet your jewelry. (source: Street Directory)

Guideline 8: If you’re wearing statement jewelry, wear one piece. Matching sets are usually too much. Save the necklace, bracelet, or earrings for another occasion. (source: Harper’s Bazaar)

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Guideline 9: Remember that jewelry isn’t a must-wear. Sometimes your clothing does all the work and you don’t need to add anything to it. For example, if you are wearing a top or dress with a low neckline, you don’t need jewelry. Your pretty collarbone is enough. However, choosing a pair of look-at-me statement earrings is a great idea to bring balance to your look. (source: Alexandra Styles)

Jewelry is a lot of fun, and well-placed jewelry can make you stand out. However, wearing too much jewelry at once or wearing all the wrong kind can make you stand out in a way you don’t want to. If you’ve got diamond jewelry you know is too much, contact us to find out more about your options to sell it!

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Famous Men’s Wedding Bands

Men don’t get much play when it comes to wedding rings in the media, but several style icons are worthy of mention for the expression of themselves and their marriages they wear on their left hands. Here’s a look at some inspiring male celebrity nuptial styles.

David Beckham

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Since Posh Spice’s 13 wedding rings get so much attention, it seems that Beckham’s flair for changing his own gets brushed under the rug. One of his most incredible rings is blazed with four rows of diamonds, and a simpler favorite of his is a simple platinum wedding band. When the Beckhams tied the knot in 1999, David wore a not-so-simple platinum piece that boasted square-cut diamonds. Maybe he gets a new one for himself each time he gets one for Victoria!

Chris Pratt

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Humorous duo Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have been married since 2009, and Pratt is a simple guy too. He wears the same plain gold wedding band he’s been wearing since before he became the adorably normal yet extraordinary Lego hero and an intergalactic thief-turned-superhero. While they’re not superheroes on the big screen, several pop music superheroes wear simple gold wedding bands too, including Justine Timberlake, who went for a thin design, and Kanye West, who got a thick and surprisingly simple band. When Jay-Z and Beyonce renewed their vows a few years ago, HOVA got a simple gold band too.

Johnny Depp

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Not known for following the rules of tradition, Johnny Depp surprised fans and Hollywood aficionados by wearing a delicate women’s ring on his ring finger—but it wasn’t just any girly ring. The ring belonged to his fiancé, Amber Heard. The media wasted no time speculating about its meaning, even though Depp himself said the meaning of it was obvious. The couple were wed in a small ceremony on an island in February 2015.

President Barack Obama

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The Commander-in-Chief’s wedding band became the subject of debate after an article in a right-wing newspaper pointed out that he wore it before his wedding and that it was from Indonesia. The newspaper essentially said the ring indicated he was a “closet Muslim” because they alleged it had an inscription on it, while many other sources simply marveled at its intricate design. The accusation seems to have been deemed ludacris, now having its own page under the “Urban Legend” category on about.com. The ring itself is a gold band with elegantly etched wavy patterns—not inscriptions—around its entirety that was made in an Indonesian town where he lived for three years while he was a boy.

Prince William

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In what Americans thought was a rebellious move, Prince William is going against tradition and joining the ranks of the Duke of Edinburgh, who shirked the wedding band idea altogether. While many people seemed slightly outraged by his choice, spokespeople for the British royals simply explained that it was simply because His Highness “isn’t one for jewelry.”

Jeremy Renner

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Hawkeye of Avengers: Age of Ultron had his eye on privacy when he married Sonni Pachecho last year in a marriage that sadly dissolved pretty quickly. Even though his marriage didn’t last, his style did, with Renner’s thick tungsten band fitting in with a very popular style for modern men.

It seems the market for men’s unusual and original wedding bands is picking up due to closer media attention to the cost of marriage and more advice on how to save big bucks on items that used to be deemed necessary. Necessity has borne originality as well, making room for more sparkle in men’s jewelry. If you have a diamond to sell, you can capitalize on the growing market for prettier men’s jewelry with Diamond Lighthouse.

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