A classic jewelry wardrobe is the path to looking stylish while
spending your hard earned money wisely. With the dizzying array of
designs, materials, colors, and sizes of jewelry available, selecting a
proper foundation for your fine jewelry wardrobe is a challenge.
Fortunately, fashion consultants and jewelry professionals have
confronted the problem many times, and have some very helpful suggestions.
They suggest that - most importantly - each of us should begin with a few
A classic jewelry wardrobe is built by Investing in classic pieces that stand the test of time.
These are the pieces that will provide
the most value and use.
"A classic is a piece that you can wear every day
of your life and still look fashionable,” said Janice G. Ellinwood,
department chair of fashion design and merchandising at Marymount
University in Arlington, Virginia.
A classic jewelry wardrobe begins with that most basic and classic
jewelry accessory... a strand of pearls and matching pearl stud earrings.
“Audrey Hepburn and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's come to mind
when I think of pearls,” said Ellinwood.
A strand of pearls is the type of piece that you can build on,” said
Lindy Kavanaugh, a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and a
former jewelry appraiser for Tiffany & Co. in New York.
Diamond stud earrings are another adornment that tops the list
of classics. “A pair of diamond studs is a staple because it is
something than can go from generation to generation,” said jeweler and
goldsmith George Kaufmann, of Robert Bernard Jewelers, a well respected
East Coast firm.
Kavanaugh said, “Diamond stud earrings look
good on everybody and they are accessible to everybody because they vary
in size and quality, so they can be affordable for everybody.”
"Diamond stud earrings are the most timeless fashion item you will
ever buy. Whether they are big or small, diamond studs always look
beautiful. Even more, they can easily be worn day to night -with any
outfit - and honestly look good on anyone", says Glenn and Susan
Rothman, of Hearts On Fire.
"They are also the easiest way to make a statement – as the
sparkle of diamond earrings always impress."
A gold link bracelet is the classic
jewelry piece added to the list by Kathryn Martin, stylist and personal
shopper. She believes that a medium-weight, gold-link bracelet deserves a
prominent place on the list of jewelry must-haves. “Certain types of
bracelets like cuffs go in and out of style, but medium weight is most
Gold jewelry never goes out of style, and for good reason. Gold is as
wearer-friendly as it is beautiful. A gold bracelet is truly a
Gold jewelry comes in various purities, which translates directly into
A simple gold chain, say stylists, can be added to other necklaces to
allow for a variety of looks. “One longer gold necklace, especially one
that can be layered, is a classic piece to own,” said Martin. “You don’t
have to worry about where it is hitting on your chest. It is an easier
piece to work with.”
A dress wrist watch is a ladies functional classic, say experts. A
well-made watch is a wise purchase. “If you’re going to buy a watch, I
think that you’re going to want to invest in a piece that will hold its
value,” said Martin. “Hermes is totally sophisticated, casual
elegance. It can be edgy, sleek or whatever you need it to be. They are
interesting in that way.”
Few things say "I've got my life together" like owning a
really nice watch — not only are you telling the world that you're
punctual, but you're saying it with style, too.
Never fear, for casual wear, a wrist watch with these features is very serviceable.
Many styles are available for under $50.:
Stainless steel case and band
Mineral (synthetic sapphire) crystal
Cocktail rings and similar styles set with colored
gemstones and diamonds are another classic.
Now known as "right hand rings"
and other names, the colored gem and diamond ring is a true versatile
classic, no matter what modern label is applied.
These classic finger rings are popular
because they are always in style. Many women choose a ring set with a
colored gem that is their birthstone. Some simply choose the gem
displaying their favorite color.
Carved cameos are classics that have stood
the test of time... literally. Cameos have been a fashion staple for
hundreds of years. In that regard they are similar to pearls.
Cameos are miniature works of sculptured art. While carved stone cameos
can still be found, shell cameos are popular today. These beautiful pieces
are admired for their own merits and can be found carved with a wide range
of artistic details.
Cameos can be designed as a pin (brooch), as a pearl enhancer, or as a
pendant. Some have cleverly designed fasteners that allow the cameo to be
worn in any of these ways.
A classic jewelry wardrobe
reflects your taste and
personality. There are many
choices to make with each piece. For instance...
and length of strand(s)
Design of clasps, ring mounting, cameo
white gold - or other metal
A classic jewelry wardrobe is put
together with due consideration for versatility, value, long term
serviceability, and ... cost.
Top - Pearl necklace and stud earrings
Next - Diamond stud earrings
Next - Gold link bracelet - medium weight
Next - Dress wrist watch
Next: - Gemstone and diamond ring
Next: - Cameo pin or pendant
Next: - Gem special offer - Pearl stud earrings
Next - Dealer Product Image - Blue
Spinel and White
Topaz Ring in Sterling Silver
Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling
A Google search for links or images using keywords such as gemstone
rough cobbing can return some very interesting information and websites.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
Gem Industry News
Armed Robber Steals $53M in
Jewels at Cannes Hotel
The French Riviera hotel that served as the setting for the film To
Catch A Thief, one of the most famous jewel heist movies of all time
today was the scene of a bold armed robbery.
The gunman walked into the luxury Carlton Intercontinental Hotel around
noon and went to "La Cote" (The Hill). a room housing a
temporary exhibit of jewelry by the prestigious Leviev diamond house.
"The thief in his mid-40s entered the room of the exhibition,
pulled a Colt .45 out at the employees, stuffed a bag with gems and walked
out of the hotel," a Cannes police officer, speaking on condition of
anonymity, told ABC News. "We do not know yet if the thief had
accomplices, but we are investigating everything. It's a full scale
"The thief, wearing a cap and a scarf around his neck, threatened
employees and unarmed security with a gun," Philippe Vique, deputy
prosecutor for Grasse, said. "There was no violence. He grabbed
jewelry with diamonds and put them in a bag and walked away."
The thief made off with an estimated $53 million in jewels and diamonds
from the gem exhibition.
From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory.
If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had.
And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was the result
From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays,
anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just
keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!
We are still in a market where buying has been repressed for several years.
You can your
marketing strategy to encourage existing customers to buy this year. Offer value
and good deals, and...
Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.
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