Jewelry Chic Essentials: Mixing Fine & Fun Pieces

David Yurman Cable Hoop Earrings
David Yurman Cable Hoop Earrings

When it comes to jewelry, I prefer fine pieces and investing in good quality jewelry. Well, to be very candid, it’s my dear hubby who has been investing 🙂 and he’s been very generous over the years we’ve been married. This year, he surprised me with the vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra pendant for our 20th wedding anniversary, featured below.

While I do wear the same fine jewelry ensembles all year round, I like to mix and match it with fun custom jewelry. Coco Chanel did wear her fake pearls with her real ones!

The only time I “splurge” in a big, statement jewelry piece is in the summer and holidays. Summer is all about bold colors and it’s fun (and chic) adding brighter colors to your everyday looks with accessories. For the past two summers, I’ve had a knack for turquoise custom jewelry. You can view both necklaces in the sidebar photo gallery and beaded bracelets below.


Van Cleef Arpels pendant & wedding band; David Yurman bangles; DeBeers engagement ring


As you can see, I love wearing bracelets next to my watches. Featured to the left with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, is a Swaroski slake silk bracelet and an Italian leather piece made by Kamaria, a local jewelry designer.

Featured below with the Michael Kors watch are turquoise beaded bracelets, bought at the Ron Jon surf shop on vacation last summer in Cocoa Beach, Florida.





My other favorite jewelry designer, not featured here, is Bulgari. Yes I know it’s not French, but I think we can all agree that Italian jewelry has beautiful design. I happen to own the signature 3-band white gold ring which I hope to share with you soon.

About you? What is your favorite jewelry ensemble and designer?

I’d love to hear it!

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