The what, why & how of wearing jewelry well

A well-made piece of jewelry can be beautiful; a collection of beautifully designed jewelry can take one's breath away. Yet the true joy of jewelry lies not in its innate beauty, but in its ability to adorn the wearer beautifully and stylishly.



 

TRULY JEWELRY will help you determine your optimally flattering and most cost-effective choices, whether for a classic jewelry wardrobe or tapping into today's jewelry trends. TRULY JEWELRY considers current editorial and celebrity looks - both the good and the not-as-successful - from the perspective of a professional image consultant, and suggests options that might work better.



 

TRULY JEWELRY is the one jewelry resource containing advice not only on what to wear, but also practical tips on how to wear it. TRULY JEWELRY suggests vintage variations that can provide high style consistent with current trends, dipping into jewelry archives to find treasure.



 

Finally, TRULY JEWELRY provides a review of the new and the notable in jewelry, gems of information to educate and delight.

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Pendant/Brooch with Spessartite Garnet & Diamonds by Henn of London

July 22, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Pendant/Brooch with Spessartite Garnet & Diamonds by Henn of London

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Pendant/Brooch with Spessartite Garnet & Diamonds by Henn of London   Pendant/Brooch in 18kt yellow gold with spessartite garnet and diamonds, hand engraved and [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bubbles” Bracelet by A. Link for Forevermark

July 21, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bubbles” Bracelet by A. Link for Forevermark

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Bubbles” Bracelet by A. Link for Forevermark     “Bubbles” Bracelet of diamonds and 18kt white gold by A. Link for Forevermark. http://www.alinkandco.com [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ocean Sunset Shadowbox” Pendant by Sharon Amber

July 18, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ocean Sunset Shadowbox” Pendant by Sharon Amber

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Ocean Sunset Shadowbox” Pendant by Sharon Amber     “Ocean Sunset Shadowbox” Pendant of 14kt gold with fire agate and diamond, pictured on extra [...]

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Bow-Bedecked Jewels

July 17, 2014

Bow-Bedecked Jewels

Perhaps even more girly-girl than the flower motif seen in so much of this season’s jewelry and apparel, bow-bedecked designs have a continuing presence in fashion editorial. The July 2014 issue [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Large Wavy Cuff with Labradorite” by Rona Fisher

July 17, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Large Wavy Cuff with Labradorite” by Rona Fisher

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Large Wavy Cuff with Labradorite” by Rona Fisher   “Large Wavy Cuff with Labradorite” of black sterling silver and 18kt red and yellow gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lorient Zig Zag Blues Earrings” by Joanie Landau

July 16, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lorient Zig Zag Blues Earrings” by Joanie Landau

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Lorient Zig Zag Blues Earrings” by Joanie Landau   “Lorient Zig Zag Blues Earrings” of blue sapphires surrounded by pave diamonds set in blackened [...]

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U-Shape Rings: Adornment Between the Fingers

July 15, 2014

U-Shape Rings:  Adornment Between the Fingers

Much like the double header bracelets and neck cuffs open at the front, ring designs with a noticeable gap are very much in style this season. These cuff-style rings, also known [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Blue Topaz Large Frame Bracelet by Robin Rotenier

July 15, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Blue Topaz Large Frame Bracelet by Robin Rotenier

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Blue Topaz Large Frame Bracelet by Robin Rotenier     Blue Topaz Large Frame Bracelet in sterling silver by Robin Rotenier.  http://www.rotenier.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Open Link Leaf Necklace with Diamonds by Barbara Heinrich

July 14, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Open Link Leaf Necklace with Diamonds by Barbara Heinrich

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Open Link Leaf Necklace with Diamonds by Barbara Heinrich     Open Link Leaf Necklace of 18kt yellow gold with diamonds by Barbara Heinrich [...]

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Midi Rings: Fresh Styles of Ring Placement

July 11, 2014

Midi Rings: Fresh Styles of Ring Placement

Just as designers are finding a myriad of fresh ways to adorn ears with jewelry this season, so too the fingers are the beneficiary of an exciting range of creative ideas [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Magnificent Pearl & Diamond Brooch” by Diana Vincent

July 11, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Magnificent Pearl & Diamond Brooch” by Diana Vincent

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Magnificent Pearl & Diamond Brooch” by Diana Vincent     “Magnificent Pearl & Diamond Brooch” of 18kt white gold with South Sea pearl, Akoya [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Shell & Cluster Pearl Bracelet by Erica Zap

July 10, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Shell & Cluster Pearl Bracelet by Erica Zap

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Shell & Cluster Pearl Bracelet by Erica Zap   Shell & Cluster Pearl Bracelet of sterling silver with freshwater pearls by Erica Zap.  http://www.ericazap.com/retail/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Aztec Necklace – Sun Pendant with Moonstone & Diamonds by Anzie

July 9, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Aztec Necklace – Sun Pendant with Moonstone & Diamonds by Anzie

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Aztec Necklace – Sun Pendant with Moonstone & Diamonds by Anzie   Aztec Necklace – Sun Pendant of 14kt gold with moonstone cabochon and [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pear-Shape Rosebud Hook Bracelet” by Jane Taylor

July 8, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pear-Shape Rosebud Hook Bracelet” by Jane Taylor

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Pear-Shape Rosebud Hook Bracelet” by Jane Taylor   “Pear-Shape Rosebud Hook Bracelet” with orange sapphires, garnets and diamonds in 14kt and 18kt yellow gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Green Turquoise Filigree Drop Earrings by Armenta

July 7, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Green Turquoise Filigree Drop Earrings by Armenta

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Green Turquoise Filigree Drop Earrings by Armenta   Drop earrings of signature Midnight oxidized sterling silver with 18kt yellow gold filigree details with faceted [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Diamond & Paraiba Tourmaline Dome Ring by Akiva Gil

July 4, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Diamond & Paraiba Tourmaline Dome Ring by Akiva Gil

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Diamond & Paraiba Tourmaline Dome Ring by Akiva Gil     Diamond-covered dome ring of 18kt white gold accented with Paraiba tourmaline cabochons by [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sunburst” Ring by Anne Sportun

July 3, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sunburst” Ring by Anne Sportun

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Sunburst” Ring by Anne Sportun   “Sunburst” Ring of 18kt yellow gold with pavé-set multi-color sapphires by Anne Sportun.  http://annesportun.com/ [...]

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Necklaces with Huge Honkin Stones

July 2, 2014

Necklaces with Huge Honkin Stones

Oversized stones and faux versions of huge stones in crystal and resin are having a moment in fashion, with faux wristwatches one of the harbingers of the look, as I reported [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ionian” Necklace by Nettie Kent

July 2, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ionian” Necklace by Nettie Kent

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Ionian” Necklace by Nettie Kent   “Ionian” Necklace of lapis, calcite, sodalite and lazurite in solid brass by Nettie Kent.  http://www.nettiekent.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Trilogy” Set of 3 Rings with Trillion-Cut Citrine by EVStenroos

July 1, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Trilogy” Set of 3 Rings with Trillion-Cut Citrine by EVStenroos

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Trilogy” Set of 3 Rings with Trillion-Cut Citrine by EVStenroos   “Trilogy” set of three rings in 18kt grey gold and 18kt yellow gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sorento” Ring by Vanna K

June 30, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sorento” Ring by Vanna K

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Sorento” Ring by Vanna K   “Sorento” ring with diamonds, African opal and  white agate by Vanna K.  http://www.vannak.com/ [...]

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Fringe Benefits: Tasseled Jewelry

June 27, 2014

Fringe Benefits: Tasseled Jewelry

It’s easy to see the similarity between the swingy style of fringe and the multiple strands of tassels, and the styles are being promoted together in the fashion press. The April [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lantern Charm Bracelet” by Syna

June 27, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lantern Charm Bracelet” by Syna

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Lantern Charm Bracelet” by Syna   “Lantern Charm  Bracelet” of 18kt yellow gold and citrines by Syna.  http://synajewels.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Horse Bracelet-Ring” from the Equestrian Collection by Orlanda Olsen

June 26, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Horse Bracelet-Ring” from the Equestrian Collection by Orlanda Olsen

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Horse Bracelet-Ring” by Orlanda Olsen   “Horse Bracelet-Ring” from the Equestrian Collection by Orlanda Olsen. The bracelet folds to become a ring.  www.orlandaolsen.com   [...]

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Skillful Styling: A Perfect Necklace to Complement a Vee Neck

June 24, 2014

Skillful Styling:  A Perfect Necklace to Complement a Vee Neck

Fashion designers sometimes include jewelry in their collections or collaborate with jewelry designers to add necklaces, brooches or other jewelry that complements the runway ensembles. The jewelry included with designer collections [...]

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Twinkle, Twinkle: Reach for the Stars Jewelry

June 19, 2014

Twinkle, Twinkle:  Reach for the Stars Jewelry

Late 2013 brought plenty of examples of star-studded jewelry, as might be expected for the holiday season. Continuing well into 2014, however, stars remain a popular motif in jewelry design. The [...]

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Jewelry Style: The Eyes Have It

June 17, 2014

Jewelry Style:  The Eyes Have It

Eyes have endlessly inspired poets and other writers and all manner of artists and artisans over the centuries. This season, fashion has turned its collective eye to artistic renderings of eyes. [...]

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Jewelry Inspired by the American West and Southwest

June 12, 2014

Jewelry Inspired by the American West and Southwest

Jewelry and fashions influenced by the American West and Southwest are on trend again this season, a combination of designs influenced by Native Americans and those reminiscent of themes of the [...]

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Jewelry Geometry: Squarely Stylish

June 10, 2014

Jewelry Geometry: Squarely Stylish

A number of designers this season, and most notably the French design house Celine, have chosen to ignore the curves of a woman’s body and have designed jewelry, including bracelets and  [...]

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The Single Statement Earring

June 5, 2014

The Single Statement Earring

In my previous blog posting on mismatched earrings, I noted that several fashion editorials in Town & Country magazine style the model wearing one single huge earring. The new issue of [...]

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Front-Back Style Earrings & the New Terminology of Ear Adornment

June 2, 2014

Front-Back Style Earrings & the New Terminology of Ear Adornment

Ear adornment has taken a new route over the past few months, with a huge variety of styles of ear cuffs and ear jackets attached to stud earrings figuring more and [...]

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Brooches: Spring 2014 Update

May 29, 2014

Brooches: Spring 2014 Update

When even quintessential American sportswear designer Michael Kors includes brooches in his stylings, you know there is a sea change in the approach to these far-too-oft-forgotten jewelry design gems. Kors adds [...]

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Double Header Cuff Bracelets

May 22, 2014

Double Header Cuff Bracelets

Cuff bracelets with figural animals that meet head-to-head or head-to-tail have long been popular designs. This season, a similar design with a less literal interpretation of the head-to-head design bring gemstones [...]

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Mismatched Earrings Are Back

May 20, 2014

Mismatched Earrings Are Back

With all the creativity being displayed on ears, from ear cuffs and ear jackets to front-back styles and from danglers to studs, it’s no surprise that the look of mismatched earrings [...]

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Black & White & Bejeweled

May 8, 2014

Black & White & Bejeweled

Black is the color of classic elegance, and white is the freshest of hues for warmer weather. It is the combination of the two, the look with the highest contrast, that [...]

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The Jet Set: Black Jewelry Runs the Gamut from Diamonds to Resin

May 6, 2014

The Jet Set:  Black Jewelry Runs the Gamut from Diamonds to Resin

Just as white jewelry provides a refreshing counterpoint to all this season’s bright prints, black jewelry too has a neutral versatility that works with most prints. Also like white jewelry, black [...]

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Clearing the Color Palette: White Jewelry

April 29, 2014

Clearing the Color Palette:  White Jewelry

With vibrant florals and art-inspired designs jostling for attention with their bright color combinations this season, white jewelry can act like a palate cleanser even as it clears the color palette. [...]

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Scintillating Serpentine Jewelry — Snakes’ Seasonless Style

April 22, 2014

Scintillating Serpentine Jewelry  — Snakes’ Seasonless Style

It’s not likely that many people choose to wear figural snake jewelry without reference to its  symbolism (such as Queen Victoria’s view that joined snakes represent eternal love) or an intriguing [...]

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Rainbow-Bright Multi-Color Jewelry

April 17, 2014

Rainbow-Bright Multi-Color Jewelry

Gemstones of intensely saturated color displayed in rainbow-bright juxtaposition present an exciting trend of the season, coordinating with designers’ vibrant art-inspired apparel. From high end designs to inexpensive costume versions, exuberant [...]

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A Fresh Perspective on Necklaces: The Neck Cuff

April 15, 2014

A Fresh Perspective on Necklaces: The Neck Cuff

Rigid collar style necklaces with an opening at the back — displaying a gap between the two ends of the necklace — are familiar. The freshest collar style of necklace this [...]

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Jewelry with a Tribal Vibe

April 10, 2014

Jewelry with a Tribal Vibe

This season, substantial pieces of jewelry, typically incorporating a complex variety of materials, bright colors and vibrant patterns, are once again in vogue. A perennial favorite, this category of jewelry goes [...]

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Diamonds for Day

April 8, 2014

Diamonds for Day

Diamonds for Day Worn ostentatiously, diamonds can be too flashy for daytime wear, particularly in conservative office settings as accessories to career wear, but a new genre of daytime-appropriate jewelry incorporates [...]

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Versatile & Trend-Setting Ear Jackets

April 3, 2014

Versatile & Trend-Setting Ear Jackets

“Ear jackets,” otherwise known as “stud earring jackets” or simply “earring jackets,” an add-on accessory for stud earrings, are receiving notice for their style potential this season. The latest styles go [...]

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Hand Bracelets: A Fresh Approach to Adornment of the Hand

April 1, 2014

Hand Bracelets: A Fresh Approach to Adornment of the Hand

Just as some jewelry designers are adorning new territory with ear cuffs that attach to portions of ears other than ear lobes, some jewelry designers have determined that adorning the hands [...]

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Cutout-Style Bracelets Cut Out to Create Serious Style

March 27, 2014

Cutout-Style Bracelets Cut Out to Create Serious Style

The March 2014 issue of People Style Watch is “all about what’s new for spring,” and editor Susan Kaufman reports that one trend she’s loving is the cutout cuff: “It’s cool [...]

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Silver Options: Shiny & Bright or Oxidized Patina: Obtaining & Maintaining the Look You Prefer

March 14, 2014

Silver Options: Shiny & Bright or Oxidized Patina: Obtaining & Maintaining the Look You Prefer

Most people are somewhat acquainted with silver jewelry.  It may be beautiful heirlooms handed down from generations, pieces of fine jewelry, or a silver-plated fashion piece from a local boutique.  Whatever [...]

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Stacked Pendants Done Well and Not So Well

March 11, 2014

Stacked Pendants Done Well and Not So Well

Delicate pendant necklaces never really go out of style. In large part this is true because they tend to have sentimental or highly personal meaning, often symbolically reflected in the design [...]

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How Not to Conceal a Tummy: The Necklace Effect

February 25, 2014

How Not to Conceal a Tummy: The Necklace Effect

The haphazard addition of jewelry to an ensemble can completely change its visual effect when it redirects the focus of the viewer. An excellent example of this result appears in the [...]

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Introducing the “Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day”

January 2, 2014

Introducing the “Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day”

Happy New Year!  With the start of 2014, I’m excited to introduce a new feature in my blog – the Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day. There are many wonderful jewelry [...]

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