With jewelry playing a big part of the Spring 2017 Fashion Week runways throughout New York, London, Milan, and Paris, there’s a rush to find out how to wear the newest, iconic jewelry designs. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to style runway-worthy gemstones jewelry:
Rings are a versatile accessories that allow for a lot of experimentation. Be as eclectic as you wish: stack rings with complementary gem colors, mix and match singular pieces with large stones, or go all-out with a variety of different metals, stones, and styles.
When considering the color or gemstone for your ring, you’ll want to think about 2016’s most popular styles. There seems to be a surge in popularity for the color blue; sapphires, labradorite, lapis lazuli, and topaz are everywhere. If you would rather follow in the path of your favorite celebrity, consider yellow stones, like citrine, jasper, or labradorite, and pink rings, such as rose quartz, tourmaline, or agate.
Since so many people today have more than one piercing, earring choices have become more complex. Luckily, style is very personalized and you can wear whatever you love, but when it comes to choosing gems for your ears, there are a few classic choices.
If studs are your ideal ear jewelry, mixing similarly colored gemstone circles with a few solid metal studs is a cohesive, elegant option. Some people prefer mixing large and small pieces all over their ears, chandelier and drop earrings combined with flashing jewels and bezel set gems. However you style your earrings, make sure they’re still cohesive with complementary gemstone colors, a specific design style, or a single choice of metal.
Many costume gemstone necklaces come in several main styles: dainty, long necklaces, layered styles, and statement pieces featuring large, single stones.
If you’re wearing a low neckline, a statement necklace is just begging to adorn your neck. Choose a large solid piece of metal with bezel set stones. The stones can all be the same color or several colors that match your outfit.
For a casual day-to-day look such as a solid-color dress and minimal accessories, accentuate your style with more daring accessories. Your best choice is a long necklace with a single accenting characteristic. Some love animals with gemstone eyes, while others prefer a long chain with a single stone pendant.
Layering necklaces is a fun exercise if you’re wearing relatively simple clothes, like a blouse and jeans. You can create a layering effect with several pieces, each longer than the next, or you can combine one large piece with several dainty chains for a mix and match style.
Regardless of your necklace choice, consider how each color gemstone will look with the clothes you’re wearing. Do water tumbled stones, raw gemstones, or cut stones look better?
Wear Your Stones
To make educated choices about gemstone jewelry, you’ll need a little bit of knowledge about the different kinds of stone styles. The three types seen in most jewelry are water tumbled stones, raw rocks, and elegantly cut gems.
Water-tumbled stones start as raw rocks, but after time in running water, they become smooth, colorful stones. Raw stones are usually untreated and left in their original condition while cut gems are stones that have been precisely augmented by jewelers to create faceted pieces that reflect light.
You can also use gemstones for jewelry making or home decor. There are so many online boutiques that cater to jewel lovers, such as Canada-based retailers, Stonebridge Imports, which specializes in hard-to-find minerals and gemstones.
Author Bio: Christina Wilson is a jewelry maker and freelance writer. She loves to educate people about jewelry making and stone symbolism. When she’s not writing or making jewelry, she loves to go to the beach with her metal detector in the hopes of discovering some cool jewelry pieces.
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