When it comes to putting the final touches to an outfit, jewellery can take any look from plain to polished in a matter of seconds. The key is to build yourself an edit of classic pieces that can serve as your everyday finishing touches.
Just as you might seek to build your wardrobe full of staple items, your jewellery stash should be full of easy-to-style, timeless pieces. If you’re looking to solidify your jewellery style, start by deciding on what type of metal you prefer, and then consider if you prefer a certain type of accent, for example, pearls or gemstones.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have had some gorgeous family heirlooms passed down or are unable to invest in luxe pieces, thankfully this no longer means you have to forgo an expensive-looking collection.
The high street has some incredible pieces that include tarnish-free finishes (a dream) and minimalist designs, you just need to know where to look. Below, find my expert edit of the best affordable jewellery brands and the ‘quiet luxury’ pieces to upgrade your accessory game.
The chicest rings
I’ve been buying and wearing rings from & Other Stories for years, and its pieces have remained tarnish-free – even with everyday wear. If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy rings, you can’t go wrong with Daphine’s effortless yet classy designs.
I’ve become a complete bracelet convert and switched from never wearing one to never being without one on my wrist. Even if you’re wearing nothing else at all, a simple gold or silver bracelet has the effect of making you feel more put together.
Practicality is key here; no one has the time to take bracelets on and off every time you wash your hands or have a shower, so look for jewellery which is waterproof. I have multiple necklaces and bracelets from Hey Harper and can attest that the pieces do not tarnish or lose colour.
Whether you choose to layer or prefer one statement necklace, minimalist gold chains are a no-brainer addition to your jewellery wardrobe. Delicate chains with gemstone or pearl details can also help to pull a look together, especially if worn with matching earrings.
Curating a strong earring game has become just as important as a well-thought edit of rings. Anthropologie has some of my favourite statement earrings on the high street that not only look but feel expensive, while Seol + Gold has an incredible array of elegant huggies and hoops for those looking to adorn their ears with multiple piercings.