When it comes to classic jewelry, there’s a list of must-haves that belongs in every woman’s jewelry box. Think of this five-piece core collection as required building blocks that both add polish to basics and inject instant oomph when needed.
A Bold Cocktail Ring
An attention-grabbing ring will reliably add something special to any nighttime look (unlike necklaces and earrings, whose success can be dictated by necklines or other embellishments). While mingling and chatting at cocktail hours or receptions, it’s prominently displayed and ready to invite conversation or compliments. Pick a good one and make it a signature.
Bvlgari Ring, $2,350; Andy Gotz Ring, $1,245; Diamond Dome Ring, $2,195
Tiny earrings are the final bit of polish any outfit needs, but switching them up every 24 hours is a big ask. Instead, invest in one gorgeous pair that’ll work with everything you wear while also standing out from the sea of basic diamonds and pearls. Be it boldly colored stones or unique shapes, this is the buy you’ll find yourself wearing every day.
Louis Vuitton Earrings, $2,195; Asprey Earrings, $795; Yellow Diamond Earrings, $1,875
A Bracelet or Cuff
Every well-rounded range ought to include a fashionable bracelet that adds a designer feel without reading as overly ostentatious. Put it on your wrist every day if you like: it’ll work with a white t-shirt and jeans just as easily as a tailored sheath for the office.
Cabochon and Diamond Bracelet, $1,875; Chanel Cuff, $1,295; Balenciaga Knot Cuff, $225
The quickest way to take a simple LBD up a few notches or make an old favorite feel new? With a pair of gorgeous earrings. Whether extra-sparkly showstoppers or dangling shoulder-dusters, stunners like these could make a t-shirt dress red-carpet ready.
Ruby Slice Earrings, $2,750; Diamond Star Drop Earrings, $4,295; Jasper and Citrine Earrings, $2,925
Don’t let the wave of smart watches convince you that the classics are done: nothing could be further from the truth. Our culture’s attention to multi-tasking means well-dressed people everywhere are sporting sophisticated traditional timepieces to keep track of time.
Franck Muller Watch, $2,950; Hermes Cape Cod Watch, $2,500; Cartier Tank Americaine Watch, $13,500