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If you have a special occasion coming up, or even just another day at school or work, and you feel like dressing it up with a little something extra, then consider investing in some jewelry. Whether as a subtle accent to your outfit or a statement piece that’s the focal point of your look—a simple necklace, bracelet, or earring can make all the difference. 

That said, not everyone is born with the natural ability to know exactly what kind of jewelry matches best with any given outfit. It’s something that may come easily to some people but not others. Even so, learning how to accessorize with jewelry isn’t that difficult once you know what you’re doing, and you don’t need to buy diamond necklaces all the time either. So read on for some useful tips on how to find the perfect pieces for any occasion!

  • Know your metals:

When it comes to differentiating between different types of jewelry, metals are the first thing you’ll probably come across. This is because metals are used to make almost all jewelry pieces. Metals include things such as gold, silver, and copper, as well as several different alloys that combine two or more of these metals at the same time. Knowing which metals best match your skin tone is key when trying to find the perfect jewelry for you. 

For example, if you’re pale-skinned, then silver jewelry might be a better option than gold. If you’re tanned or darker-skinned, you may want to go for gold instead. What’s more, jewelers often label their materials with a standard letter code. This code is assigned to each type of metal used in the jewelry, and it’ll be visible either on the product’s packaging or on a tag attached to it. Knowing these codes can help you to identify a piece’s materials even when it doesn’t have a visible label.

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  • Shop by occasion:

When you’re trying to find the right jewelry for a certain occasion, it can be helpful to shop by occasion. For example, if you’re dressing up for a wedding, you might want to look for pieces that are more ornate and sparkly. Alternatively, if you’re attending a more casual event such as a birthday party, you might want to bring out something a little more understated. Shopping by occasion is also helpful when you’re trying to find jewelry that matches a particular outfit. 

For example, if you’ve got a black dress that you’re dying to wear but aren’t sure what jewelry to pair with it, consider the type of event you’re going to. If it’s a special occasion, you might want something more ornate and sparkly; whereas if it’s just a normal day out, something more understated might be more suitable.

  • Watch out for shinning times:

One thing to keep in mind when matching jewelry with outfits is that you don’t want to overdo it with the shine. As a general rule, you should avoid pairing excessively shiny jewelry with dark outfits as it can make you look less fashionable and tackier. Similarly, you shouldn’t match overly dull jewelry with outfits that are very colorful either. This is because excessive contrast between the two can make things look a bit jarring and unbalanced. So when trying to find the right pieces for your outfits, aim for smaller, subtler pieces that have a moderate level of shine

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  • Finding the right necklace:

While earrings are probably the most commonly worn form of jewelry, necklaces are also very trendy What’s more, they can be worn with almost any outfit and can be made to suit all kinds of different styles. If you’re not sure how to match a necklace with your outfit, here are a few tips: 

•  Consider your outfit’s color;

•  Choose a necklace with a moderate level of shine;

• Pick out a necklace that matches your other accessories;

•  Make sure your necklace is the right length for your body type.

Like with earrings, it’s a good idea to experiment with different types of necklaces and see which ones work best for you.

Let's summarize...

There are many occasions where the jewelry may come in handy, but it can be hard to know which pieces are best for each occasion. This is why it’s helpful to shop by occasion and know which pieces would be best for weddings and birthday parties, for example. Shopping by occasion also helps you to identify which pieces would be best for dressing up on a special day. Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday party, or another special event, you can find the perfect jewelry with these tips.

Lots of love,