I am making an effort to up my fashion game. I realized that I own no jewelry that isn’t my wedding ring or very old things from Claire’s (mostly lone earrings that smells a little funky).
I would like to buy a few pieces fine jewelry — and I’m willing to save up for them — but I also have strong ethical concerns about the industry. I know vintage is an option, but availability is unpredictable. I save better when I know exactly what it is I want to buy, so I am interested in buying new. All of the ethical jewelry places I’ve found cater to the engagement/wedding market, which I totally get, but doesn’t help me.
Where can I find semi-fancy to fancy ethical (non-wedding) jewelry? -Amberella
Yes! I can help. I’m by no means the best at accessorizing, nor do I really enjoy it. That’s why I’ve found a few key pieces of nice jewelry, and then only choose between those pieces. Most of them are so nice that they can stay on my body all the time, and be both dressy and casual.
I’ve used Gemvara to illustrate some of the key pieces of fine jewelry you should invest in, because they’re members of the American Gem Trade Association, supporting high ethical sourcing standards. Plus you can customize their pieces to your liking. I’m a big fan of yellow gold right now, but if you’re not you can find all these styles in silver, white gold, and platinum…
Simple, short, every day necklace
Both Ariel and I have necklaces that are very similar to these, and we wear them all the time…
Long, layering necklace
I break out my few longer necklaces for dressier occasions, or when I have a boring-ish outfit that needs a pop of something fun.
I’m hard on my bracelets, so I like to wear a collection of solid gold bangles — they look pretty, I like the noise they make when they clink together, and they’re solid as fuck. But I also love the look of one dainty bracelet to rock every fucking day…
My favorite trick for buying rings is to purchase stacking sets. That way, you can mix up looks, metals, and even sizes (if you enlist a jeweler to help make certain rings bigger or smaller), that way you can wear them all together, or spread them out over different fingers, depending on your mood…
Okay, those are my go-to fine jewelry pieces. What are yours?