If you’re thinking about treating yourself to a new piece of jewelry in the coming weeks, you’re not alone. Global annual sales in jewelry topped an eye-watering €148 billion in 2016, but that figure is expected to skyrocket to an incredible €250 billion by the end of this year. To put it simply, we’re obsessed with bracelets, necklaces, watches, charms, earrings and other pieces of jewelry we can wear to express ourselves and show off our personalities. If you’re looking for something a little different, fear not; we’ve rounded up some ideas for you.
Personalized jewelry has grown in popularity in recent years as couples get matching pieces like rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Whether you have your names etched into the metal or you choose something symbolic like the date you first met or an icon like a love heart, there are many ways to add a special touch to your jewelry without breaking the bank. We always recommend erring on the side of caution when choosing personalized pieces; don’t add your name or initials to something you might want to sell or pass down to the family in the future.
Something else to consider when buying your jewelry is the popularity of the piece you are buying. Though it’s cool to follow celebrities and influencers and be inspired by what they wear, jewelry is about finding something that suits your style and personality. Don’t buy an expensive watch that might go out of fashion in a few months’ time; always look for classic and timeless pieces that you can wear for years to come without feeling like the odd one out.
When you are buying jewelry, it’s important to consider the personal meaning behind the item you’re putting onto your body. We recommend choosing designs that will look as simple and as elegant today as they did ten years ago, and thinking about different ways you can wear the same thing. You might opt for a love heart that shows the world you’re passionate about your family, or even a Celtic cross necklace that symbolizes your commitment to God.
Finally, always check that your new jewelry is going to look good with every outfit you wear, and indeed other pieces of jewelry that you regularly wear. It wouldn’t make sense to buy a gold watch and wear it with a silver bracelet, for example, so coordinate what you buy and think about your skin tone. Matching your skin tone to metals will allow you to look good in everything you wear; if you have a light skin tone then you’d look better wearing platinum and silver, whereas warmer skin tones complement yellow and rose golds. If your skin tone is neutral, then you’ll be spoilt for choice – any white metal or yellow metal and look good!
There you have it; some useful tips to ensure you look great when you buy your next piece of jewelry. Whatever you buy, we hope that you love your new item and enjoy wearing it.