Jewelry Essentials for Every Woman

There are a few items that should be on every woman’s jewelry wishlist.  In addition to an engagement ring or wedding band, here is my list:

Pearls.

I love pearls: they are classic and stunning in a quiet, glowing sort of way.  With some recent advancements in technology, there are some really amazing colors, shapes and designs that are quite affordable.  A complete list would be white 7-8mm Akoyas in about a 20 inch length, an 18 inch strand of Tahitian South Seas, and something really fun in Chinese freshwaters (pinks, copper, pistachio-green), like this strand from Pearlparadise.com.

Multi-color Freshwater Pearl Necklace by pearlparadise.com

Multi-color Freshwater Pearl Necklace by pearlparadise.com

Diamond solitaire earrings.

These are a must for those days you can’t think of anything else to wear, they are always appropriate.  Size depends on your personal taste and budget.  I prefer large, because I am tall and wear mine almost every day.  I think a perfect place to start for most people would be 3/4 to 1 carat total weight (.33 to .50 carat each diamond), H-I color, SI1-SI2 clarity, in a simple basket mounting, like these from Blue Nile.

1 ct tw Diamond Solitaire Earrings by Blue Nile

1 ct tw Diamond Solitaire Earrings by Blue Nile

A great watch.

Sorry, your cellphone clock will just not cut it as an accessory.  You need a nice watch, just how serious is up to your personality and budget.  You can go for something rugged enough for everyday use that you can still dress up, like Rolex, Tag-Heuer, or Omega.  Or go straight for the luxe, like Jaeger LeCoultre , or the Patek Philippe Twenty-4:

Patek Philippe Twenty-4 in Steel with Diamonds

Patek Philippe Twenty-4 in Steel with Diamonds

Diamond bracelet.

Ever since Edwardian-era intricate cuffs or Art Deco designs stacked up the wrist, diamond bracelets have been a classic jewelry wardrobe item.  You can go for vintage glamour with an original straight-line, or for a modern interpretation of the ubiquitous tennis bracelet.  My choice would be an original from an estate dealer with a pedigree like Tiffany or Raymond Yard, or a new number in white gold or platinum, 2-12 carats, G-I color and SI1-SI2 clarity.  I love this half-bezel mounting design available on Amazon.com (there are many other styles, sizes, and price ranges available) :

Bezel-set Diamond Bracelet from Amazon.com

Bezel-set Diamond Bracelet from Amazon.com

Hoop earrings.

Every woman needs a pair of gold or white gold hoops for every day, and if you’re really lucky maybe something with diamonds.  I would love something delicate and beautiful like these from Nicole Landaw,

18 Karat gold and diamond hoops by Nicole Landaw, $2800 retail

18 Karat gold and diamond hoops by Nicole Landaw, $2800 retail

and then maybe something bold and sparkly like these:

Diamond Hoop Earrings by Gabrielle Diamonds, 2.25 ct tw

Diamond Hoop Earrings by Gabrielle Diamonds, 2.25 ct tw

There are so many amazing jewelry designs out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  This list is a place to start.  Happy Shopping!

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