If you want to make a statement, nothing does it better than the right jewelry. Be open to experimentation and mix styles; the most important thing about fashion is that there is no right or wrong, only what looks good. Educate yourself on the metals and stones used and know how to discern quality. Compare vintage and contemporary styles; know when to transcend trends and when to embrace them. Different metals and stones require different cleaning and maintenance; this is something to keep in mind when purchasing something you plan on wearing often. Don't be afraid to be unique. Jewelry exists to stand out.
Rings are versatile enough that anyone can find something they love. They range from fun and fanciful to delicate and subtle. Rings have long been a symbol of love and commitment; an engagement ring is the ultimate way to show your affections. They are an excellent accent piece for men, with sleek and simple designs contemporary rings and quickly becoming a fun way for men to accessorize. Women have an array of choices, such as cocktail, cluster, eternity, or stacking rings. Getting the right size is very important, so make sure you know your size or the size of your special someone (simple rings can often be resized quite easily). Keep all of this in mind and you are ready to shop for your new ring.
Shopping for earrings may feel overwhelming, since there are so many styles, but if you keep a few things in mind you will have no problem finding something incredible. Make sure you know your audience; a quick jaunt to the coffee shop requires a different pair than dinner at a fine restaurant. Clip-ons are always an option if you aren't too enticed by the actual piercing itself. If the piercing is not an issue you have many choices of clamp styles -- omega, saddleback, screwback, leverback, and hooks -- so you can definitely find something that you're comfortable with. If allergies are a problem, there are many hypoallergenic metals, such as titanium, stainless steel, gold, and platinum. Now that you are ready to weigh your options, you can find your perfect accent pieces.
When you have a diverse collection of necklaces, you'll have options for every occasion. Don't be afraid to branch out with fashion-forward designs, but you'll want to have classic styles as well; a pearl necklace will always be in style. Different metals will suit different skin tones; yellow gold compliments a more bronze tone while white gold, platinum, and silver compliment fair tones. Once you have a decided on a style (pendant, strand, or chain) and metal, you must determine the appropriate length. Make sure you have a variety of lengths in your jewelry box to choose from, and you'll always have something to complement different necklines.