This week we received an excellent question on Facebook from Rhonda who wanted to know if the gems in her earrings, ring, and bracelet need to be the same
Jewelry Suites have been with us for centuries
The idea of groups of jewelry that match is not a new concept. Traditionally, the words parure and demi-parure described collections of matching jewelry pieces that were meant to be worn together and usually made up of the same gem colors in all the pieces. For centuries, jewelers have been creating parures for royals and aristocrats. These collections included brooches, necklaces, rings, and earrings, and sometimes additional pieces like shoe buckles. Later, tiaras were added to parures. Demi-parures are matched sets with fewer pieces or matched sets that lack a tiara.
Recent monochromatic fashion trends are exactly in line with this historic style of jewelry collections. For many ladies and gentlemen this is the only way to wear your pieces – so they closely match each other. Some people go even further and match the colors in their gems to shades they wear in apparel. Intentionally matched suites are impressive to see and wearing clothing and jewelry of one color or similar shades with different textures for an overall tonal look can be flattering and trendy.
Do you own thing.
Fashion and individual style are very personal. Today, jewelry suites aren’t just for royals and neither do the pieces have to match. You can create your own jewelry wardrobe, one that suits your individual sense of style. For some it is a single statement piece that becomes the center of your jewelry wardrobe – you always wear that piece but mix and match others based on your mood or outfit. The point that is important here is how you choose to wear your jewelry should complement your own individuality and charisma. Colors matching or not – it’s up to you. Your jewelry should make you feel beautiful and enhance what you are wearing be it jeans or a ball gown.
The possibilities are endless, and that’s what makes creating your own jewelry wardrobe so much fun. It is also what makes watching Gem Shopping Network so much fun – you never know what style or pieces you will see next from vintage estate pieces that are ageless and unique to exquisite diamonds that dazzle all day long. Wear what you love and create your jewelry suites to suit your individual taste, match your gems or not as long as you are true to your personal sense of style you are sure to look radiant.
Thanks Rhonda for submitting the question on our Facebook page!