My friend Amy Roseveare, the author of the popular Jewelry Fashion Tips blog, has a time-honored tradition of buying herself pretty jewelry on all the occasions her would-be boyfriend would be showering her with gifts: Christmas, her birthday, anniversaries, you get the picture. Amy is single and looks forward to the holidays probably more than most married ladies because she knows she’s going to open a box and find something so perfectly suited to her, almost as if she picked it out herself! (Wink, wink.)
I think it’s a great idea to be generous with yourself during the holidays. It almost happens naturally. You’re shopping for people on your list and you spot something that you can’t stop thinking about. But before you make that purchase, there’s something I want to suggest: Consider buying a companion piece for the one you’ve fallen in love with. Let me explain why.
Why you need to purchase the earrings and the bracelet
It’s easy to fall in love with a piece of jewelry. You spot an earring you love or maybe a bracelet. It’s fine and dandy to purchase that one piece that’s so perfect for you but you won’t wear it nearly as much as if you purchase a companion piece for it at the same time. I can back this up with years of professional experience.
For instance, I’ll be in a client’s jewelry box and I’ll pull out a gorgeous pair of earrings. “How beautiful!” I’ll say. And then the client says, “I know, I love them, and I’ve never worn them.” I practically lose my balance when I hear that! I investigate and discover she doesn’t have a bracelet or necklace that relates to the stunning earring. To fix this problem I’ll insist she bring it with us when we go on our next shopping trip so I can find a companion piece for it. Once I have a companion piece for the earring, my client will happily wear her treasures five days in a row if she cares to!
Have you noticed this with your own things? You have some pieces you’ve purchased individually but you can’t quite get them to work together?
To have a pulled together look, different parts of an outfit need to be talking to each other. They need to share a language; some element needs to be repeated in order to see each of them better. The natural consequence is that now it’s easier to see you, too. The combination is making you more visible.
Style Strategy: Slow down the eye
Well, Brenda, why don’t I just buy matching sets of things?
I’m not suggesting you do something matchy-matchy. Sometimes that works, but matchy-matchy doesn’t do much to slow down the eye. When I use those words slow down the eye I’m talking about the difference between racing past a painting in a gallery and not seeing it at all versus spotting a painting that has something going on, you may not know what it is, but it draws you in. The more you look at it, the more you appreciate it. Your eye has slowed down to take the whole painting in. Ah!
You can expect your jewelry to do the same thing for you. Now you’re the work of art. Your jewelry can slow down the eye so you’re seen and appreciated.
How my earrings and bracelet talk to each other
It takes some concentration to figure out how to pair two pieces from different sources. But it’s not hard. You want to look at ways that they’re similar, yet still different.
The earrings and bracelet that I’m featuring in this post to explain slowing down the eye and reasons to shop for more than one item at a time are handcrafted by two different artists. I chose them from the Artful Home catalog.
You probably remember me talking about Artful Home. Remember my great pants that I used when I created 3 festive outfits in 15 minutes? Those Crepe Barefoot Pants by Lisa Bayne were from Artful Home. Artful Home works with a large collection of North American artists. Their unique jewelry is right up my alley. As a brand ambassador for them, I got to choose items to wear and use to demonstrate my styling principles. Lucky me!
When I looked through their catalog I looked for items that could work together, support each other, be companions. This is how I shop for myself and it’s how I shop with my clients. The general idea is to not leave the store until you’ve got everything you need to put the outfit together. Otherwise, you could buy things and not be using them. This way of shopping might seem like a new concept to you but if you start using this tip, getting dressed and out the door will be fast and easy for you.
Finding the language that’s shared by the earrings and the bracelet
I studied the catalog and felt these two pieces would make a good pair.
One of my personal style phrases that I use when I put together outfits for myself is Organic Elegance. These earrings and this bracelet line up well with my style words.
The earrings look very organic. It’s in the texture. The Dotted Pebble Dangle Earrings designed by Wendy Stauffer are sawed, textured and hammered. The hammering on the earrings definitely catches your eye. The garnet, citrine, and the amethyst draw your eye to the earring but the hammered “dotted pebble” surface keeps you lingering longer.
The bracelet has an organic feel to it but the design is more elegant. The Diamond Autus bracelet by Christine Mackellar is refined, more delicate, and has rose gold granules and two brown diamonds set in 18k gold. Diamonds spell elegance for me. The fact that they’re brown diamonds makes them a little more natural, organic.
They share that gunmetal gray color (oxidized) which is a true favorite of mine. They go well with my ash brown hair color.
So how are they different from one another?
The earring has movement. The earring says, “I’m flirty!” The bracelet is solid, grounded. The bracelet says, “I’m sublime.”
The stones in the earrings are larger than the diamonds and gold granules in the bracelet. The earrings are louder in design. They’re more forward. The bracelet is quieter, finer. It’s satisfied to lay back a little and let the earrings be more prominent. They aren’t arguing for attention! They’re excellent team players.
The texture of the earrings is rougher than the texture in the bracelet.
I wore these on Thanksgiving Day and guess what? People slowed down, took notice, and admired them both. Together they slowed the eye down. I felt visible and confident. I know myself: now that I found these great companions I’ll wear these every day for the next five days.
Are your jewelry combinations slowing the eye down? Are they speaking to each other? Do you realize you have some shopping to do to find companions for pieces that aren’t being worn? Tell me about your jewelry experiences. I know we’d all love to learn from each other! Please share!
Artful Home sponsored this blog. The opinions, strategies, and formulas come from working with my precious clients for over thirty years.