Colored gemstones are increasingly rising in popularity to the detriment of diamonds, as stated by The Fashionisto, with many sartorial consumers attracted by the individuality, vividness, and symbolism of these stones, many of which provide great sparkle for your buck. The discovery of new mining sources (which produce top-quality sapphires, emeralds, aquamarines, rubies, and more) in addition to the discovery of new gemstones like aquaprase, have led to a new excitement for these stones. If you have invested in gemstone jewelry, the following styling tips will ensure you make the most of it. In this day and age, personalization is everything and individual wearers are stacking up pieces, blending colors fearlessly, and wearing what were once considered elegant pieces to daytime soirées and events.
Mixing Stones Up
When you invest in an elegant piece like a sapphire and diamond ring, necklace or bracelet, it can be tempting to save it for a special occasion or immediately associate it with elegant events or parties. Even the most expensive piece can make a great addition to a casual look, however. For insight into how fashion influencers are styling sapphire and emerald jewelry, take a look at Chiara Ferragni's Instagram account. For her everyday casual or work looks, she dons her favorite tennis diamond and emerald necklace stacked alongside beads, gold chains, and other pendants. To make the most of sapphire jewelry or pieces designed in other precious gems such as rubies and emeralds, pair them up with complementary and contrasting stones and metals. Even if your sapphire is set in white gold or platinum, for instance, feel free to pair it with a rose gold pendant, short beaded multicolored choker, or pearls.
Dressing for a Gala Event
On special occasions such as cocktail parties or evening galas, you really want to allow your gemstone jewelry to shine in all its glory and this means giving the starring role to one specific piece. Try to avoid wearing matching sets (since matching jewelry has taken a real backseat these days), focusing on your most impressive piece instead. Delicate pieces with a touch of sparkle will lend elegance to your look, though even though your outfit is classical, you can still play around with your look - for instance, by wearing a dangling emerald and diamond earring on one ear and a halo set emerald on your other ear. You can also wear stacked studs and hoops with a designer piece, adding a bit of fun and playfulness to your evening look. For an extra touch of sophistication, wear gemstones in your hair (think a trendy statement clip with a side-parted hairdo) or a circle of gemstones around a high-set bun. If you prefer wearing your hair down, why not opt for a gemstone tiara? This accessory is ideal if you are wearing a simple monochrome dress.
Gemstones as Accessories
If you like minimalist jewelry and you can't see yourself sporting a chunky gemstone ring or earrings, there are many ways you can still make the most of the gemstone trend. Head to a vintage store and look for a sparkling gemstone brooch that would look great on a jacket lapel, bag, or belt. Brooches are perfect for adding glamour to simple monochrome looks though they can also be worn on wide fabric belts to unite vivid 80s-style looks comprising contrasting tops and skirts or pants (think a sapphire brooch worn alongside a canary yellow top and an aqua skirt, or a pink sapphire uniting a bright red and orange outfit).
Lending Meaning to the Occasion
Some gemstones lovers choose specific pieces to wear because they look good stylistically or by virtue of color. However, if you are into mood or symbolic jewelry, then learning a bit about the symbolism of gemstones can help you make more mindful or purposeful selections. Emeralds, for instance, are said to grant their wearer the ability to reveal truth or falseness and legend has it that placing an emerald under the tongue enables one to see the future. Diamonds symbolize strength and incorruptibility. Topaz is said to reduce anger and sadness and to foster strength. Agate, meanwhile, is said to fill the heart with courage. Whether you have an exam coming up or you are planning a special date, choosing a gemstone that has a special can help give you a little psychological push that can be useful.
In the new millennium, gemstones are growing in popularity owing to the wide array of colors they come in and their ability to provide plenty of bling at a reasonable price. To style gems to perfection, stack and combine pieces in different colors and metals for a casual look. At night time, allow specific designs to take the center stage, while wearing different lengths of earrings if you are after a more creative look. Finally, if you love symbols and you believe that gemstones have a kind of spiritual power, research the different moods and qualities associated with specific gemstones and use this knowledge to make your jewelry selection on days when you need to feel uplifted.