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Just like every woman’s wardrobe needs a little black dress, a great pair of jeans, and a comfy cashmere sweater, every woman’s jewelry box needs some staples too. A piece or two (or ten) of costume jewelry is a great way to show off your personal sense of style and to make a statement with an outfit.  There is definitely a time and place for all of those crazy/ fun pieces that you’ve accumulated over the years. 

While costume pieces can liven up your wardrobe, your standard jewelry staples are also an important investment. Trends come and go, but classics – whether hanging in your closet or tucked away in your jewelry box – are forever. Take stock of your neck, wrist, ears, and fingers and see how many of these basic essentials you can check off your list!

Around your neck: The number one all time classic accessory to rock around your neck is, of course, the pearl necklace.  It’s the biggie that every girl strives for from the moment she can swipe them from her mother’s jewelry box (blame it on Jackie O). A strand of pearls around the neck is the most classic look in jewelry that is perfect for pretty much any occasion that calls for a bit of class.  I love them with even just a white T and jeans.

Around your wrists: Pearls can come into play around the wrist as well, but a quality bangle bracelet (we’re not talking 10 for $5 here) is a simple and sexy alternative that’s worth the investment. Collect a few thin ones in silver or gold or just wear one thick bangle as a statement piece. For a more personal, playful approach to your wrist - a charm bracelet can do the trick. And, of course, don’t forget a pretty, classic watch!

In your ears: Hoop earrings, diamond studs, pearls (again). Your hoops can be gold or silver or even diamond.  Hoops are 100% my go-to earring – particularly in the summer – they always feel playful.  Diamond studs are a girls’ best friend, but pearls can be just as great depending on the “sweetness” of your outfit.

On your fingers: Pearls again! Just kidding – the stones have it when it comes to talking with your hands. A simple cocktail ring can say more about you than any other piece of your jewelry. This is the place to bring your own style into the picture and let personality shine.  I have an amazing cocktail ring that was my grandmother’s – it has a vintage look and feel – and always catches the eye.

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