6 Essential Pieces of Everyday Jewelry

A locket, a charm bracelet, a signet ring – it used to be that a woman’s jewelry box was considered incomplete without these classic pieces. And while there’s nothing wrong with staples from the past, today’s jewelry essentials are different from what was in style in your grandmother’s day. Your accessory collection should include pieces that give your everyday outfits a touch of luxury, a few that turn the simplest of styles (like your favorite denim jeans and that little black dress) into stand-out looks, and at least one that’s unique to you.

Buying and owning jewelry is one of the perks of being a woman, so it’s our responsibility as connoisseurs of the world’s finest jewelry to let you in on the secrets to building the perfect accessory wardrobe. While we encourage you to indulge in any jewelry trend that catches your eye (statement choker necklaces and tassel earrings!), we’ve made a list of 6 pieces every woman should have in her arsenal. The best part? They’ll never go out of style – wear, enjoy and treasure them forever.

Everyday Piece #1: A Pair of Diamond Studs

So, what makes diamond studs our #1 must-have piece? They are the most timeless accessory you will ever buy (no fear of these ever going out of style). Regardless of whether they are big or small, round or square, set in white or yellow metal, diamond studs always make a statement. Not to mention, they can easily be worn from day to night – elevating any outfit – and adding a touch of glamour to your look. Beautiful, quality stones are available in several price ranges and sizes; from understated quarter-carat stunners to three carat head turners. So if you aren’t sure of which of our 6 pieces to save up your hard earned paycheck for first, or what to ask for this holiday season, know that you can’t go wrong with diamonds stud earrings.

Fire and Ice Diamond Stud Earrings

Fire and Ice Diamond Stud Earrings

Everyday Piece #2: A Long, Chain Necklace

Perfect for layering with other necklaces, wrapping to make the appearance of two necklaces or worn singularly on its own, a long chain necklace is one of the most versatile and elegant pieces you can add to your wardrobe. Similar to how scarves and belts are worn; long necklaces are perfect over dresses, or a tunic and leggings. There are a variety of options you should consider when it comes to selecting your go-to piece, including:

Bold Styles

More than ever, we are seeing bold necklaces make an appearance in every day fashion. No longer reserved just for special occasions, it is more common to see a large necklace style paired with casual fashion.

Marco Bicego 18K Yellow Gold Mixed Bead Mother Of Pearl Necklace

Marco Bicego 18K Yellow Gold Mixed Bead Mother Of Pearl Necklace

Delicate Styles

Thin, petite necklace serve as a great base accessory no matter how you wear it. Invest in one with a few bezel set diamonds for added sparkle or intensify the look by layering a big pendant necklace.

Hearts On Fire Triplicity Triangle Lariat Necklace

Hearts On Fire Triplicity Triangle Lariat Necklace

Motif Styles

Something that is seen everywhere in fashion and jewelry right now is the more prominent appearance of “shapes” or “motifs” that represent something significant. 

Roberto Coin Princess Flower Station Necklace with Diamonds

Roberto Coin Princess Flower Station Necklace with Diamonds

Everyday Piece #3: Yellow or White Gold Hoop Earrings

From statement huggies to two-inch loops, high polish or matte finish, white, yellow or rose gold, hoop earrings always look gorgeous on everyone. Sometimes, a simple hoop can add just the right amount of interest to your look, particularly when you plan to wear your hair up. A pair of discreet gold hoops ensures that even on a jeans-and-t-shirt day you still feel polished. For a style that works for both day and night, try a modest pair of diamond hoops.

Roberto Coin Classic Inside Out Diamond Hoops

Roberto Coin Classic Inside Out Diamond Hoops

Everyday Piece #4: Pearls

The pearl has been emerging from it previously traditional image for the past few years. Whether you prefer a classic strand of pearls like Audrey Hepburn or want to add a modern colored strand to your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with this timeless classic gem. Pearls have been spotted on the runway paired with denim patched outfits, military jackets and sporty sweaters. We love how the always-in-style pearl adds a feminine touch to your look, making it exquisitely sophisticated and classic.

Mikimoto Black South Sea Cultured Pearl Strand

Mikimoto Black South Sea Cultured Pearl Strand

Everyday Piece #5: Stackable Rings

Stacking rings have grown in popularity in the last few years. To nail this must-have, choose rings made from different colored metals or decorated with diamonds and colored gemstones. These rings worn singularly are a pretty accent but worn together offer maximum impact. You can even mix styles, materials and shapes. Plus, there’s something fun in growing your collection and it’s an easy gift to add to your holiday list year after year. Not to mention, you don’t have to buy them all from one designer, you can invest in a few of your favorite styles from various collections and simply wear them all together.

Hearts On Fire Stackable Rings

Hearts On Fire Stackable Rings

Everyday Piece #6: Bangle Bracelets

Bangles stacked or alone, skinny and wide, have been around forever. That is why these types of bracelets come in endless designs – making it easy to mix and match them with bracelets that you already own. However, we always hear people say that while they love the look of stacked bangles, they don’t exactly know how to achieve it themselves. There are no rules when it comes to this look, but here are 3 tips on how we recommend you wear this fashionable style.

  1. Only stack the bangles on one arm and leave the other bare or wear a bold ring on the opposite hand.

  2. Wear one eye-catching bangle as the central point. If you don’t have a statement bangle, add a menswear-inspired watch as the focal point and have other smaller, thinner bangles surrounding it.

  3. Don’t be afraid to use different textures or metal colors. Mix yellow, white and rose gold bangle bracelets with ones that feature gemstones.

Stackable Bracelets

Stackable Bangle Bracelets from Marco Bicego, Hearts On Fire and Roberto Coin

Is your jewelry box missing some of our must-have everyday pieces?

Feel free to come into a Shreve & Co store and expand your collection. All of the staff can help you find the perfect look with a range of brands, collections and one-of-a-kind pieces, but if you really want to create the perfect fashion forward look, ask for Maria in our San Francisco location or Tony in our Palo Alto location. You can also schedule an appointment here.