Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What Is a Statement Piece of Jewelry?

Most of My Jewelry pieces are Statement Ones.
Statement pieces of jewelry allow women to step out of the mundane and define themselves as unique, confident, passionate, and interesting people. Statement jewelry is nothing new, but many women will avoid wearing bold accessories because they do not feel comfortable stepping out of their comfort zone. By considering these eight tips, women can find statement pieces of jewelry that will make a positive statement to the wearer as well as the public.

The History of Statement Jewelry

For thousands of years, people have used clothing and accessories to portray who they are. Such itemshave long symbolized class as well as religious and cultural identities. Consider Jackie O's trademark black sunglasses. Above and beyond keeping the sun out of Jackie's eyes, they symbolized who Jackie was. People continue to use accessories, mainly jewelry, to make statements about who they are and what they value.

Understanding Statement Jewelry

Statement jewelry is bold and unique, and it conveys a statement about who the wearer is. Whether or not one is deliberate about style, people judge others based on their appearance. People assume many things about personality, values, and beliefs based on what others wear. By consciously choosing what kind of statement to make, this statement becomes more than just communication to others. It is a statement to oneself, encouraging a person to act the part. In the end, statement jewelry is meant to boost one's confidence. Consider these eight tips to find jewelry that will make the right statement.

1. Size

Statement jewelry is usually big. Chandelier earrings, thick bangles, and bulky pendants are common adornments. While statement jewelry is intentionally large to draw attention to itself and the wearer, such jewelry does not have to be overbearing. Consider personal size as well. For example, petite women may look absurd with overly large jewelry.

2. Slant Match

Slant matching is like slant rhyming. If words don't actually rhyme but are rather close, this is considered a slant rhyme. Apply this same principle to statement style. Although copper and gold do not precisely match, they are a perfect example of how to slant match. They are not the same color, but they are close enough. They look homogeneous enough to work, but there is just enough clash to draw attention to itself. Instead of just wearing a gold necklace with gold earrings and a gold bracelet, choose a copper necklace.

3. One at a Time

Wear only one piece of statement jewelry at a time. If wearing statement earrings, wear a gentle, unobtrusive ring. If the necklace is making a statement, choose simple earrings. Small studs may be perfect. Wearing too many big, bold pieces of jewelry will look a little showy and overdone. When wearing a statement piece of jewelry, choose clothes and other accessories that are pretty calm. Although statement jewelry is easy and powerful, consider using a statement purse, clutch, or other accessory every now and again.

4. Vintage

There are plenty of modern pieces of jewelry that can be used, but the world of vintage jewelry is a gold mine. It is just easier to find unique pieces of jewelry when looking at vintage pieces. Whether a piece of jewelry is antique or just vintage-inspired, it adds sophistication and makes the wearer look more sophisticated.

5. Makeup

Put on the statement piece of jewelry before applying makeup. The idea is to keep one's makeup simple so as not to distract from the statement jewelry. Indeed, one should coordinate her makeup so it is consistent with her jewelry. Although bold makeup is sometimes appropriate, it is better worn without statement jewelry. There is nothing wrong with using makeup to make a statement, but the rule "one at a time" applies here as well.

6. Clothes

Take advantage of the middle ground between plain and grandiose. Avoid attention-grabbing patterns, but use solids, pinstripes, and faded patterns. Many women think that statement jewelry looks better with equally bold attire, but consider two very different outfits. The first is a leopard print blouse, black slacks, and a multi-strand necklace. The other outfit is the same, but it replaces the multi-strand necklace with a simple beaded necklace featuring a small pendant. The first outfit has far too much going on, and there would ultimately be a big clash around the neckline where the two bold pieces meet. The second outfit allows the jewelry to complement the bold pattern. In like manner, it is best to pick simple clothes to complement a piece of statement jewelry. When it comes to bold pieces in an outfit, less is definitely more.

7. Popular Types

This table certainly does not address every type of statement jewelry, but it does point out some of the most common types. It also offers tips for statement pieces that are sometimes worn a little recklessly.

Bib Necklace

These tend to be short, wide, and colorful. As such, they go great with high or scoop neck shirts. A high neck gives the necklace a backdrop whereas a scoop neck outlines the necklace. The idea is simply to wear a shirt that won't interrupt the round appearance of the necklace.

Long Necklace

These are often colorful and may also be multilayered. Since they go so far below the neck, most fashion gurus recommend skipping a belt.

Cocktail Rings

These are rings that usually feature big, colorful gemstones. They are excellent statement pieces because they can be worn with any outfit.

Chandelier Earrings

These earrings are very fashionable. They draw lots of attention to the face, so it is important to use caution when applying makeup. Let the earrings speak for themselves. In addition, choose a hairstyle that keeps the hair out of the way.

Cuffs and Bangles

These thick bracelets come in a seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns. Wear them with short or three-quarter sleeves. Let them take control of the wrists.

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