If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get your holiday jewelry out of the dark recesses of your jewelry box and into the light. It’s a good week to clean your dressiest pieces to their dazzling best, and assess your jewel-tone earrings, necklaces and bracelets. If you’re like me, you could probably stand a new sparkler or two to rev up your holiday jewelry wardrobe. A great one-stop-shopping resource for party jewelry (and gift giving) is Amazon.com. Their carefully curated collection of faux gems features selections from Kate Spade, Judith Ripka, Kenneth Jay Lane, Anne Klein, Judith Jack, and Badgley Mischka — at some very affordable prices.
Have you noticed? The jewelry choices this year are better than ever…and not just for nighttime wear. A friend of mine who wears jewel-tone drop earrings almost daily calls it the “Real Housewives Effect.” Bravo TV’s Real Housewives franchise (a guilty pleasure) has helped make chandelier earrings de rigueur with everything from jeans to work wear. If you don’t feel all that comfortable with the look, try adding something sparkling between Thanksgiving and New Year’s…you may just get used to the idea!
You’d be surprised how the Big Three jewel tones – faux emerald, sapphire and ruby – can add a “good jewelry” aura to your holiday outfits. A big bejeweled brooch, for instance, is the perfect addition to this season’s must-have tuxedo jacket. Or try complementing a red satin dress or blouse with “diamond and emerald” crystal drop earrings.
If you love Art Deco-style jewelry as much as I do, be sure to check out the reproduction pieces from 1928 Jewelry and Ben Anum Jewelry featured on Amazon’s party collection pages. Ranging from $14 “amethyst” earrings (1928) to the aforementioned emerald-look brooch for $220 (Ben Anum), these vintage styles add statement jewelry impact without breaking your holiday budget.
See you at the party!