Upgrade Your Style with Fall's Best Jewelry

Why are pieces of jewelry so powerful? Because they generate interest, add drama and infuse an outfit with color. And today, faux is as fashionable as fine, so you can dazzle without breaking the bank. Yet accessorizing can seem daunting. What are the best combinations? Where should jewelry fall on your neckline? How many bracelets are too many? Here’s what to buy and how to wear it to best effect.
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Shake Up Your Style with Jewelry

This simple ivory sweater? Sans baubles, it’s just a snooze. Moral: the right pieces add oomph to any look.


For major impact, think multiples. Best positioning: the most delicate piece at your collarbone and a big, bold standout in the center; longer elements should fall below your bustline.


What constitutes style-friendly faux? Look for stones that have saturated color and are set close together. Chains should be hefty, not flimsy, with sturdy clasps.


From top: Ben-Amun Swarovski crystal and silver-plated necklace, $356; 212-944-6480. Melvin gold tiger pendant, $238; shopmelvin.com. Gerard Yosca glass, stone, Swarovski-crystal, resin and brass pendant neck-lace, $480; yosca.com. R.J. Graziano bead necklaces, $55 each, and gold-plated necklace, $35; 212-685-3737. Coldwater Creek bead and mixed-material tassel necklace, $65; coldwatercreek.com.

Serious Stacking

Try a mix of textures and sizes. Vary the styles and use a defied color palette to unify the look. Behold, our blue period


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Combo cool: an antique-looking beauty atop something modern. Sequin crystal and glass bracelet, $135; sequin-nyc.com.


Add unexpected texture. Here it’s calf hair. Ann Taylor calf-hair cuff, $58; anntaylor.com.


Tribal next to gems? Absolutely. Kora horn and leather bangle, $165 for three; koradesigns.com.


Links create light and shadow and add movement. LOFT metal bracelet, $35; loft.com.


Center the piece that’s most dazzling. Kenneth Jay Lane gunmetal and argent bracelet, $263; 877-953-5264.

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How to Sell Your Fine Jewelry

Angelina Chen, the New York and Hong Kong director of Circa, a global buyer of fine jewelry, outlines what you should know before unloading your stash.


• All fine jewelry has resale value, whether it’s a gumdrop-size diamond ring or a handcrafted turquoise brooch.


• The quality of the materials (stones, metals) will usually trump the size of the stones.


• A buyer should be able to tell you exactly what price you’re being offered and what that valuation is based on. And you should be handed a check on the spot.


• Reselling your jewelry has a positive environmental impact (because your pieces re-enter the retail market, thereby reducing the industry’s need to pull new stones from the earth).

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Faux Fact

No mollusks were harmed for these pearls! Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature triple strand was a fashionable fake, compliments of Kenneth Jay Lane.
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Editors' Picks for Fall: The Link Earrings

Four fresh ways to update your look. You can thank us later.


The equestrian motif is a classic; the tassel is new.


Henri Bendel leather and gold-plated earrings, $98; henribendel.com.

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Editors' Picks for Fall: The Architectural Ring

More subtle than flashy. Atelier Swarovski by Kostas Murkudis crystal and gold-plated ring, $265; 212-966-3322.
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Editors' Picks for Fall: The Geometric Bangles

Layer one (or more) with your watch.


Sequin crystal and gold bangles, $58 each; sequin-nyc.com.

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Editors' Picks for Fall: The Pendant Choker

The circular shape and bronze finish have a cool ’70s vibe.


Paige Novick metal-plated necklace, $425; bergdorfgoodman.com.

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Revirginizing Earlobes

Want to rock a statement earring? Your ears may not be up to the task. “If you’re in your forties or older, chances are your lobes and holes have stretched,” says Yael Halaas, MD, FACS, a New York City–based, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. “The hole stretches due to years of sleeping in your earrings and pulling clothes on and off. Lobes can also sag thanks to good old-fashioned age-induced drooping.” An in-office fix (cost: $500 to $750 per ear) will leave you perky again. Chandeliers, anyone?

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Hi-yo Silver

Designer jewelry brands like JudeFrances and Judith Ripka are best known for their gold—but now that its cost is soaring, they and others are turning to silver. Jewelry impre­sario Roberto Coin is most definitely on board. His new silver-focused collection, the Fifth Season by Roberto Coin, features subdued texture and semi­precious stones to great effect, with prices ranging from $110 to $1,540.

Courtesy of Roberto Coin

First Published Thu, 2012-10-04 11:56

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