I’m often asked by women (mostly) if they had to pick one item of jewelry to purchase, what should that one item be? Ironically, I was reading an article in Harpers Bazar UK that suggested that it’s not about owning ONE piece of jewelry. There are TEN pieces every woman should have in her collection. As it turns out, with a few minor tweaks, we couldn’t agree more. Here are our collective suggestions:
Yes. They should be real diamonds. No, they shouldn’t be Oprah sized (although her pear shaped drop studs are gorgeous). Think 1/2 carat or less in each ear. Keep them simple (four or six prong studs or a bezel set mounting) and you’ll be able to wear them with anything you own. Opt for a screw-back post, or better yet, Mecan Alpha backs, so you’ll be sure not to lose them. Think of these and your foundational investment in your jewelry wardrobe.
Gold Hoop Earrings
Some people are not the kind to change their earrings to match every outfit. If that’s you, then a pair of gold hoop earrings is a must. Again, yellow or white, we don’t care, but simplicity is key here. And size is next. Don’t go all “Jenny From The Block”. An inch in diameter is plenty. And you can switch them out with those diamond studs you took our advice and bought.
A Gold Chain
White or yellow – we don’t care, as long as it’s not just any run of the mill gold chain, but a quiet statement piece. Think “simple pendant” or “the layered look”. Whatever you choose, keep the theme similar (all gold, or similar shapes) for continuity. And you can never go wrong with a diamond solitaire right at the nape of the neck. Best. Necklace. Ever.
We’re big fans of strings of pearls here at Katie Callahan & Co. But simple pearl earrings also qualify (and are a very classic look while going with EVERYTHING). A choker strand is great for wearing with that low-cut LBD. And longer strands are understated elegance personified.
A (Vintage) Gemstone Ring
Of course we’re partial to the antique and vintage variety, but whether it’s Art Deco Tiffany’s or David Yurman, having a colored stone ring that you can wear adds a little color to our typical all black uniform. Oh wait, you don’t wear black and gray everyday? That’s just us you say? Pishaw. We know better. Yes, we’re looking at you NYC.
An Elegant Brooch
We’ve been saying for months now that the brooch is back! We’re seeing them on hipster, bohemians and even the Mooch (the man-brooch). We’re partial to Art Deco pieces but a bar pin or Victorian piece is a great idea for that sweater, jacket lapel or winter coat. Hint: we’ve even seen them showing up in the updos of some very gorgeous brides. Just sayin’.
A Simple Fine Watch
Harpers suggested a Cartier Tank watch in particular. While we love the classic Tank, we don’t think it’s the only option (a fine option, yes. The only option? No way.) An elegant two two Rolex is a nice choice, or even something a little further down the “number of paychecks it takes to purchase” scale is fine too. Just make sure to keep it clean and if you buy a less expensive option, when the metal starts to change color (and it will with stacked bracelets rubbing against it), get rid of it and go buy something else.
A Charm Bracelet
Yes, your grandma likely had one. No, it doesn’t have to be filled with travel charms and gold silhouettes with grandkids’ birthdays engraved on the back. There are lots of options these days, including the popular Pandora bracelets. Us? Well, you know we’re old school, so we’re sticking with grandma’s version.
A Gold Bangle
Harpers again turned to Cartier and the classic “Love Bangle”, but we say there are other options. A vintage hollow gold bangle (just be careful not to dent it) or an antique gold cuff – both work just as well with that diamond line bracelet we’re about to mention and are classic staple pieces.
A Diamond Line Bracelet
You might know these sparkling wrist stunners by their old name: tennis bracelets. But they’re not just for tennis players. They are a staple item that can be worn to a black tie event or the grocery store after pilates. Keeping it dainty and simple (hint: you don’t need 20 carats) will let you stack other bracelets with it now and then, it keeps you from looking overdressed in the carpool line. We’re a little biased to the antique version, but we’ll never turn down a nice diamond bracelet.
What do you think? Do you have all 10? Five of the 10? Or are you just stating to put your collection together. Drop us a line and let us know.