Perhaps there’s one particular stone you absolutely love, or maybe you thrive on color and find one gemstone more beautiful than the next. No matter what your personal preferences in color, if finding one spectacularly beautiful stone is a joy, finding two or more matching stones is even better.
Earrings, of course, require pairs of coordinating stones, presenting a challenge for designers and delight for the ultimate wearer. Pictured above, from the December 2013 issue of Vogue, are earrings featuring sets of matching gemstones by Irene Neuwirth, available at Barney’s.
The December 2013 issue of Vogue also features earrings by Kimberly McDonald, available at Bergdorf Goodman, incorporating two pairs of matching gemstones.
For some time, it is been deemed passé to wear matching suites of anything, whether it be handbags matched to shoes or a necklace or bracelet with matching earrings. “Too matchy-matchy” cried the detractors. Happily, the style trend is reversing, with monochromatic head-to-toe looks gaining popularity. Pictured above is a head-to-toe look in bright red pictured in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Lucky magazine.
In conjunction with this change of direction, the chic, elegant effect of matching jewelry suites is once more coming into vogue. For instance, the September 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar pictures singer Miley Cyrus wearing matching tassel necklace and earrings from Chanel Fine Jewelry.
The “Venezia” necklace and “Gocce” earrings by Vhernier, pictured in the above ad, feature matching mother of pearl and rock crystal set in 18kt gold.
A current ad for Bulgari features fabulous combinations of colored gemstones.
The easiest way to ease into wearing jewelry suites is to start with matching earrings and rings, in part because these can be the least expensive selections from a jewelry collection. But don’t be afraid to add a bracelet or necklace into the mix. Choosing a brooch with a pendant bale that can be worn on a chain is another way to expand the versatility of your jewelry suite.
And don’t overlook larger brooches: They can act as punctuation marks of color and brilliance wherever you want to draw the eye, including your hair, the back of a dress, a waistline, a cuff. Place jewelry somewhere unexpected for an edgy and chic look. Place a portion of a jewelry suite there, and you have raised the bar to a new level of sophistication.
Cynthia Sliwa is a freelance writer, professional blogger and industry recognized image consultant. She authored the Jewelry Fashion File blog for JCK Magazine for over five years and in 2007 co-authored the book Jewelry Savvy: What Every Jewelry Wearer Should Know. Cynthia currently authors two blogs: trulyjewelry.com reports on current jewelry style trends and “the what, why & how of wearing jewelry well”; trulybecoming.com is devoted to style for women over 40. As The Image Counselor™, Cynthia teaches workshops on jewelry and the power of personal adornment. She also works one-on-one with individuals to help them refine their personal and professional image and, of course, to develop the perfect jewelry wardrobe. Cynthia resides in the Los Angeles area.