Should I buy it?

I can’t tell you how often I’ve found myself standing at the jewelry counter with a client while she tries something on, and she asks me, “Should I buy it?”  Beyond the issues of affordability and if it’s flattering, the answer is easy.

First of all, do you absolutely love it?  If not, take it off and step away from the case.  I don’t care if your best friend has one just like it, or you saw Jennifer Aniston looking amazing in the same thing.  I care about you and your true feelings.

Next, it’s all about cost-per-wear.  Basically, the more you spend on something, the more you should wear it to make it cost-effective.  For example, if you wear your watch every day, then it’s wise to invest more money in it.  The cost of the item will go down each time you wear it.  But if you are thinking about spending a lot of money on a pair of special occasion earrings that you may only wear once or twice a year, then think very long and hard before making that purchase.  It may not be a wise investment.

Here’s an added tip: many stores have a deal that if you buy something over a certain dollar amount on their credit card, then they will spread out your payments, interest-free, over a six month period.  This has worked out great for me at both Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Just an idea. 😉

Happy shopping!

Storage for Your Bling

I know that you have tried to pull out a necklace to wear and found it in a tangled mess. Or you go to put on a pair of earrings and can only find one of them.  Sounds familiar, right?  If so, then you may need to work a bit on how you store your jewelry.  I’ve got all sorts of tips to help you solve this dilemma.

Using a jewelry box or armoire is an easy solution.  And there are scads of beautiful, yet functional, choices out there!  If your collection is smaller, then consider something like this from  Pottery Barn.

For those with a more substantial collection, I highly recommend an armoire like this one from Ballard Designs.  Note that many armoires only have one or two drawers with built-in sections, so you may need to buy trays for the other drawers.  I’ve had great luck with these from the Container Store.

If you happen to have a free drawer in a dresser or closet, you can easily turn that into your jewelry box by using these same type of trays.  Most closet companies can also build in felt-covered wood or lucite jewelry compartments with sliding trays into your existing cabinetry.  Voila–instant jewelry box!

For those with limited space, these hanging organizers are perfect.

Another idea is to buy decorative wall hooks (you can find many darling ones at Anthropologie) and hang all your jewelry from these.  My dear friend Jen decorated her whole vanity area like this.

Personally, I also like to use some of my jewelry as part of my interior design.  I’ve got some of my favorite sparkly rings displayed in a domed mercury glass pedestal.  I also highlight some of my necklaces and beaded bracelets on a large, antique glass wine jug.  One caveat to displaying jewelry, though, is that it then needs dusting, and it’s more prone to tarnishing if it’s silver and exposed to the air.  To me, it’s worth it just so I can gaze at it when I’m in the room.  Lovely…..

Antique jug used for jewelry display

The most important thing is to have your jewelry neatly stored, yet easy to see.  If you can’t see something, you’ll never wear it–and your jewelry wants to be worn!

Hoop Earrings: Hoop it up!

As I was choosing what earrings to wear the other morning, my boyfriend happened to peek over my shoulder into my jewelry box. Granted, he’s about the most un-materialistic person I’ve ever met, but his expression totally cracked me up as his eyes opened verrry wide.  “Why do you have so many hoop earrings?  Aren’t they all the same?!”

Clearly, not all hoops are created equal, and in my mind, they are the LBD of a jewelry wardrobe.  (LBD=little black dress)  Hoops in their various sizes and metals are one of the most useful items you can have.  In fact, when I finally got my ears pierced in college (it was torture waiting that long!!), I promised my parents that all I really needed were hoops, as you could wear them anywhere.  (That lasted for about two weeks, when I just had to branch out, of course!) 🙂  But truly, hoops can work from the boardroom to the ballroom.

So what type of hoops should you have in your collection?  First, consider what metal you wear. If your skin and hair are in the cooler tones then silver or platinum are most flattering, and warmer skin tones look fabulous in gold.  Rose gold, which is currently very popular, looks good on many skin tones, so be sure to try it out in the stores. (If it works for you, buy it while it’s in fashion, as it will one day disappear again.)

Small hoops (up to about .75″ in diameter) are best for more conservative environments, and medium (.75″-1.5″ diameter) to large hoops (over 1.5″ diameter) range from casual to dressy.  In each of these categories, you also have to consider the thickness of the hoops themselves.  Thin hoops are more basic (but certainly not boring) and wider hoops make a bolder statement.  When considering what size and width to buy, be sure to consider your own proportions.  Teeny, tiny hoops on a 5’11” voluptuous gal just won’t do the trick.

Hoops go beyond basic when you get into diamond or beaded varieties. And I just love the sparkle of diamonds!  Once you’ve got your basic metals down, then save up for some diamond hoops, be it jeweled all around, or just with one or two diamonds as accents.  And yes, you can wear them during the day!

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Jewelry Fashion Tips

Welcome to the Jewelry Fashion Tips blog! As a wardrobe stylist and personal shopper, I am surrounded by jewelry on a daily basis. Of course, this is heaven for me, as I’ve been a jewelry-a-holic since about kindergarten. (No lie–ask my family!) Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings…they all make my heart sing. Regardless of one’s personal style or age, the crowning glory on any ensemble is your jewelry.

I am fortunate to be on the front lines of discovering new jewelry designers, fabulous shops to find new treasures, and witness current jewelry trends on the street. Everything from costume jewelry to fine jewelry catches my eye. In my opinion, it’s all in the mix when building your own jewelry collection.

The aim of this blog is multi-tiered. Some posts will be more informative, such as how to wear layered necklaces or what sort of jewelry box/storage options you may have. At other times, I’ll be filling you in on the latest jewelry designer I’ve met or some new jewelry store that I just have to tell you about. Or, it may even be discussing a tried-and-true line that holds the test of time. Though based in the San Francisco Bay Area, I do travel a fair amount, so look forward to tips from around the globe.