There's no doubt about it: Statement jewelry is here to stay, and with good reason. Whether you're aiming to take your office attire to an evening affair or trying to dress up a simple jeans and T-shirt, statement baubles are the way to go when it comes to transitioning an ensemble.
So which jewels should you be focusing on while perusing Fine Jewelers? Use this guide to figure out what your key piece is for the upcoming season.
Just because you're somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to style doesn't mean you can't still go bold with statement jewelry, but your best bet is to opt for neutral metallic pieces that are buildable, such as bangles. Yellow gold is where it's at this season – as was made clear at the Academy Awards and this season's runways. Still, sterling silver is always a timeless option that works for any occasion. Consider a set of different sized bangles that you can mix and match for ultimate versatility, and if you're ready to step outside your comfort zone, select some that are textured instead of just shiny.
If you're the kind of girl who can never have enough sparkle, there's no reason to forfeit your penchant of glitz this spring. One of your go-to pieces might be a pair of oversized square pave crystal studs – in fact, you'll find you can wear them with anything from a little black dress to skinny jeans and a tank top. If you still want to take things up a notch, try a thick textured gold collar necklace, which has a Grecian goddess vibe that pairs perfectly with this season's maxi dresses.
Are you always ahead of the fashion curve? Then don't be afraid of a little color this season. Instead of subtle pastels, you'll be opting for ultra-vibrant, nearly neon shades for the spring, which will punch up even the plainest ensemble. A citrine beaded necklace pops against a black T-shirt, and bright aquamarine earrings are an eye-catching way to accessorize a gauzy white shirt-dress. You might also consider adding coral, one of the hottest hues this spring and summer, with a cabochon cocktail ring.
The edgy eccentric
If you're more likely to don a leather moto jacket than a ladylike cardigan, your jewelry this season should show off your daring fashion sense. You can still strike a compromise between eclectic and feminine with black sapphire rings, which have both a tough and luxe appeal, and can work with a cocktail dress as well as dark denim. Or you might try some spiky silver or gold hoop earrings, which provide the perfect edgy twist on a timeless piece.