If you’ve read many of my What I Wore Lately posts, you probably notice that I tend to wear a lot of the same jewelry over and over, and today I’m talking about everyday jewelry that (I believe) is worth investing in.
I’ve always been pretty simple when it comes to my accessories, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wear any. I almost always take the time to at least put in a pair of earrings (if I didn’t sleep in them the night before, ha!)
That said, I’m happy to wear the same pair over and over, and I don’t care to spend a lot of time and effort on my jewelry when I’m putting my everyday outfits together.
Instead, I like having a few high quality pieces that go with almost everything, and then I rotate between them depending on how dressed up I want to be.
Of course, I still have plenty of fashion jewelry that I cycle through my wardrobe as trends evolve (and I try to purge that regularly), but I wear those pieces mostly for events and occasions when I really want to amp up my look.
On an everyday basis, I usually reach for the designer pieces that I’ve collected over time, and I often wear a combination of designer and fashion jewelry.
While the designer pieces are pricey, the cost per wear works out over time. Also, many of these items were gifts over the years.
My Favorite Everyday Designer Jewelry
When I started collecting nicer jewelry, it was mostly sterling silver pieces from Tiffany’s or David Yurman. There are lots of options in this category under $500. It’s when you start adding 14K gold or diamond accents that these pieces start going up in price.
This David Yurman Oval Large Link Bracelet is at least 15 years old… maybe 20. I can’t even remember at this point. I believe it was my first Yurman piece, and surprisingly, the price hasn’t gone up much since then. I’ve worn this bracelet so much over the years, and it still looks like new.
Every once in a while, I take it into the jewelry store and have it cleaned, and once I had to have the clasp repaired, but it’s still beautiful, and I still love it too.
The ring I’m wearing with it in the photo below is 5 or 6 years old, but unfortunately, it was discontinued. I try not to be too matchy-matchy with my jewelry, but I feel like these two pieces complement each other perfectly, so I often wear them together.
David Yurman Oval Large Link Bracelet // Belmont Curb Link Ring (discontinued)
These Cable Classics Hoop Earrings are another one of my most-worn Yurman pieces. I wear these when I want a more dressed-up look that is still fairly tailored and classic.
They’re such a nice size, and the gleaming silver hoops with the cable pattern is eye-catching and stands out nicely against my dark hair. FYI, the cable pattern is Yurman’s signature design motif.
Another one of my favorite jewelry designers is Lagos.
FUN FACT: Steven Logos is a Philadelphia-based designer. He does a lot of mixed metal pieces that I find particularly drawn to lately, and most are fairly understated and well-suited to my casual, everyday outfits.
This bracelet set was a Mother’s Day gift a few years back. The two pieces are sold separately, but I almost always wear them together. These are probably my most worn everyday bracelets these days.
They’re eye-catching and pretty but delicate enough not to get in my my way when I type. I also like that they incorporate both gold and silver tones, which pulls together the mix of metals in my outfits.
The Caviar Crossover Ring is another one of my favorite everyday pieces. Just as the cable pattern is Yurman’s signature design motif, the Caviar beadwork belongs to Lagos.
I also have these ball stud earrings, which are perfect when I just want something small and simple.
And I recently added these Caviar Small Two-Tone Hoop Earrings to my collection because I wanted something a little bigger than the ball studs but not quite as large as the Yurman cable hoops. I love how the gold bands are flanked by the Lagos signature silver beadwork.
I’ve also invested in a few pieces of fine jewelry like diamond stud earrings and a diamond pendant necklace.
I also love these oversized 11mm pearl stud earrings. I stalked them until they went on sale for under $500 and snagged them. That was a few years ago, but they still go on that sale occasionally. In fact, they were under $500 last week! So definitely wait for a sale, if you like those.
Of course, you can get faux versions of these classic styles that are much less expensive, and there’s no shame in that game. Nordstrom has this cubic zirconia pendant necklace that’s a similar style and size to mine and cubic zirconia earrings of all sizes and styles, and Amazon has these simulated pearl stud earrings.
How about you? Do you invest in designer jewelry, or do you prefer to have a larger selection of fashion jewelry? How often do you accessorize your outfits?
It really comes down to personal style and preference; there is no right or wrong with accessories, but if you’ve been wanting to invest in a few higher quality everyday pieces, maybe some of these will resonate with you.
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photos: Alison Cornell