All that glitters is not always gold, which "Mad Men" star Jessica Pare proved at the recent ArtCrush Summer Benefit. The actress arrived at the Aspen Art Museum for the benefit in a cap sleeved electric purple Roland Mouret dress and sheer black polka dot pumps. Her ensemble epitomized retro glam, and her silver statement earrings and ring truly pushed the look over the top. Violet and silver are a dynamite color combo, but they're not the only shades that work. Next time you're wearing a bright white or vibrant blue cocktail dress, trade out your flashy gold baubles for silver ones by fine jewelers for an elegant alternative. Consider these tips when rocking silver accessories:
Go big or go home
When it comes to silver jewelry, sometimes it's best to opt for a piece that's bold enough to stand on its own, like Pare's earrings. Ellen Fruchtman of Fruchtman Marketing told the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America that instead of adorning stars with a multitude of accessories, celebrity stylists have been selecting a statement piece for red carpet events. In particular, she noted that chunky cuff bracelets, large pendants and chandelier earrings have been popular. When sporting an extravagant silver piece, keep the rest of your accessories simple.
Consider the shape
Silver jewelry can catch the light in an especially interesting way, depending on how it's shaped. Isabel Cajulis of the Silver Promotion Service explained to MJSA that twisted shapes and interlocking curves are becoming more common in silver jewelry because they demonstrate the metal's beautiful innate malleability.
"With the menswear-influenced fashions we've been seeing on the runways, it's no surprise that jewelry with a more organic, feminine feel is trending," she told the source.
Amanda Gizzi, director of communications at Jewelers of America, told National Jeweler that two major trends are geometric and filigree shapes.
"Detail and intricacies being used in silver is keeping with a lot of what we're seeing this fall with fine jewelry in general – lacy textures and super feminine and floral designs," Gizzi told the news outlet. "The opposite is geometric shapes. Pyramids, open cuffs with squares, maze patterns."
Try a twisting silver ring or a pair of abstract angled earrings for an edgier look.
A subtle sparkle
Gizzi reported to National Jeweler that colored gemstones, diamonds and pearls are another top trend in silver accessories. When you're looking to amp up the drama, don a crystal-studded bangle or drop earrings. This look works just as well with an evening gown as it does with a pair of midnight wash jeans and a one shoulder black blouse.