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JEWELRY ESSENTIALS

Clear Stud Earrings 

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These are some of the most versatile jewelry items ever conceived.  Always classy, they work in basically every situation you can dream up, from an upscale, uptown gala to impromptu cocktails with the girls.  Perfectly suited for a wide range of individuals, from those who summer in Monaco to those who are on a budget.  Actual diamonds clearly look great, as well as Cubic Zirconia, which from across the room rival diamonds in terms of sparkle-ability.  The standard size most people go with is 0.25 carat (each).  This gives you just enough of an eye-catching glimmer while still remaining subtle.  Obviously, you are free to run wild here, and can get whatever size stones you like (just remember, it doesn’t look nice if your earlobes are sagging…)

Clear Jewel Pendant Necklace

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Much like clear stud earrings, this necklace adds a touch of elegance and opulence to your overall style.  Unless you want everyone in the room gawking, it’s best advised to keep the stone size conservative (roughly a half carat), as this allows you to wear it both day and night.  The simple crystal pendant is the perfect compliment to a uniform color dress (a darker hue showcases the sparkle, a lighter shade diminishes the apparent shine).

Pearl Stud Earrings

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All the world’s your oyster when…well, you get it.  Pearls will forever remain chic, while not being too showy.  There’s just something undeniably sophisticated yet also mystical about pearls; they way they are formed, at sea, gives them an almost ethereal quality.  As pearls come in a variety of shades, choose the hue that compliments your skin tone.

Learn how to match colors to your skin tone here.

String of Pearls necklace

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As we just went over, Girls just look good in pearls.  The iconic pearl necklace has remained a consistent fashion staple for a reason: it’s both chic and timeless.  When picking out one for yourself (or as a present for another), make sure you select the perfect length; too long and it doesn’t look neat, too short and you’ll look like a naughty puppy in a collar.

Hoop Earrings

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Hoop there it is.  These earrings work on virtually every woman, regardless of age or personal style.  The key to the perfect pair?  Lies in your facial structure.  If you have teensy eensy features (ie- a button nose), it’s best to pick more slender and diminutive hoops.  Conversely, if you have more striking or prominent features, a larger hoop size is the way to go.  Another benefit, these are a great accessory if you like to wear your hair up.

Chandelier Earrings

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Here is your chance to be bold!  …Well, not too bold, but definitely fancy.  Just as the name suggests, these bountiful adornments can be the centerpiece of an outfit, catching light and reflecting it into the night.  Best with a clear stone (diamonds for the extravagant, crystal or CZ for the budget conscious) set in simple silver, gold or platinum.  Here you let the shape of the earrings do all the talking.

Statement Earrings

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The grandest part of statement earrings?  You get to make whichever statement you choose.  These are the one piece in your jewelry collection where you get to just let loose and have fun.  Whatever size or shape you choose here, you may want to try to keep the colors neutral enough to match well with a wide assortment of outfits (then again, you may not!)  Remember: make a statement, make an impression.

Chain Bracelet

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Worn alone or with a whole bunch of other bracelets, the chain has remained in vogue for decades for a reason.  Its sleek design, that melds an industrial look with the glamorous tone of precious metals, has given it staying power.  Avoid too much detailing on your chain bracelet, or additional baubles, if you want it to work for many occasions; a nice simple and smooth metal look goes with just about anything.

Statement Necklace 

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Ok, every woman should have a necklace that unabashedly touts who they are – or ten of them!  The statement necklace lets you express yourself with gems, chains, beads, feathers, charms, geometric shapes, figurines…you get the picture.  These pieces can transform any outfit from blah to oo-la-la.  Ideally, the backdrop top it’s set against should be plain or simple enough that the necklace can really stand out in all its inherent resplendency.

Cocktail Ring

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The cocktail ring makes you feels simultaneously regal and fun, like you’re at a grand Gatsby soiree.  This piece works remarkably well as a complement to other jewelry or as a stand alone dazzler.  A brilliant stone set in a neutral metal of your choosing is the way to go.  Depending on your personal fashion sense, you can choose a bright and colorful center stone for your ring, or a slightly muted one, such as pearl or even onyx.

Wrist Watch

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Granted, this item may not be a favorite of every gal, but an elegant watch can help bolster many a drab outfit to sophisticated and classic heights.  Very important here is sizing; you should make sure your watch fits snug enough on your wrist without being restrictive.  Again, a uniform precious metal will give you the desired look of grandeur and style.

The above jewelry go-to’s are of course just suggestions.  Feel free to mix and match styles, according to your own unique flair.  At the end of the day, there is only one person who knows what looks best on you: you!

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Investing in Diamonds: You’re in the Pink

Who Buys Diamonds?  Large Diamond Buyers Get Tickled Pink 

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A 360 percent growth rate over the last nine years is nothing to scoff at.

Fancy colored diamonds, pink in particular, have seen an unprecedented, steady rise in value over the last 30 years – and they show no signs of slowing down.  The price of these stones increases with the intensity of their hue, with fancy light pink diamonds currently fetching $320,000 per carat, intense pink 450k and vivid pink at 600k.  (More fancy color diamond pricing here)
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10 Celebrity Diamond Engagement Rings – Worth Over A Million Dollars

Greed is Good. 

Michael Douglas knew he’d better come correct when he proposed to Catherine Zeta Jones.  A ten carat, marquise shaped diamond, set (*get this*) horizontally, certainly did the trick.  The Art Deco, Gatsby inspired design is a throwback to simpler times (like Michael’s childhood days of bootlegging).

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