One of the most elegant ways to dress up an outfit, whether for a casual dinner with friends or to celebrate another year of blissful love, is to pair a few distinctive jewelry pieces that have a shared theme. Mixing and matching isn’t a new trend, but it has lately regained popularity. In many cases, women are layering necklaces and rings, generally inexpensive, charming items. While this works well for teens and beach trips, this simple style doesn’t always translate beyond those limited situations. For a more mature, on-trend look that’s still playful, one must mix high and low-end, new and old. Here’s a quick guide on pairing contemporary and vintage jewelry for an instantly glamorous appeal.
The key to successful mixing and matching is to find harmony in differences. By maintaining one defining characteristic between all the pieces, one can easily incorporate a wide variety of distinctive elements. For instance, if all the treasures are yellow gold, they can have different styles, shapes and weights. The color ensures that they go together. But it’s possible to extend this further. As long as each jewel shares a commonality with one other piece, they can be highly individual. Try pairing a rose gold, vintage-inspired cross with a rose gold diamonds by the yard necklace and topping them with a bold ruby pendant. The blushing tones hold them all in balance.
Safety in Numbers
Stacking like elements is another way to mix contemporary jewelry with the antique-style items that are so beloved in fashion. In this case, there should be no more than two or three different styles of jewelry, and this method plays most victoriously with bangle bracelets, though rings are another potential possibility. Slip on a few simple unadorned modern silver bracelets and adding a handful of classic diamond bangle bracelets. Now, finalize the display with a single standout piece, such as a wide band antique-design diamond bracelet. The collection will prove a showstopper.
Aim High Swing Low
Naturally, using all high-end fine jewelry offers a breathtaking look, but not everyone can afford to drench themselves in diamonds. In some cases, the occasion or venue doesn’t warrant such embellishment. That’s perfectly fine; simply use the glamorous luxe pieces sparingly for a subtle and classy upgrade to a casual, easy-going ensemble. Keep it simple everywhere but the fingers. Dress them up in charmingly inexpensive silver and gold bands. Stack several on each finger, but on one otherwise bare finger wear, again, a single eye-catching statement trinket, such as a long Art Deco diamond ring. The look is breezy yet unforgettable.
There are many ways to incorporate vintage jewelry pieces into a modern collection, especially with the current appreciation for mix-and-match style and stacking trends. The rules are few and creativity is encouraged. Women everywhere should try their hand at this fun look at least once in a while. For more ideas, see Ziva’s vintage necklace collection.