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Jewellery, and Accessorising

It can be difficult to shop for jewellery. Whether you want bracelets, watches, rings, necklaces or earrings to accessorise your outfit, there’s just so much choice available. Perhaps the most difficult task is shopping for something that you need. If you have a picture in your mind of the exact style that you want, it can feel like an impossible task to find something which matches up to your expectations. However, if you are willing to consider different options, the ideal accessories are never out of reach. Here are some of our top tips:

  1. Build up your collection over time. Don’t necessarily just buy a necklace because you need one to go with a certain dress. If you see something that you like, buy it.
  2. Try jewellery on. Looking online is all well and good, and makes for an excellent starting point, but it can look totally different in real life. This is especially important for items like watches, bracelets and rings which you’ll need in specific sizes. Trying jewellery on is ultimately the only way to know whether it will suit you.
  3. If you want to receive jewellery as a gift for your birthday or for Christmas, be specific. Point out jewellery which you like and give people an idea of the colours which you prefer. It’s no good receiving a rose gold bracelet if what you actually wanted was a silver locket!
  4. Think general. Don’t have anything too precise in mind or you’ll be limiting your options and will potentially reject the perfect piece.
  5. That being said, it’s always good to have an idea. Look around online before going into any shop. Whether you need a necklace for a particular neckline or a pair of earrings to co-ordinate with your handbag, it’s a good idea to know the current fashions and the best places to buy what it is that you need.
  6. Identify the brands which really stand out to you and whose jewellery designs appeal to you aesthetically. This way, you’ll always have somewhere to turn when you’re on the hunt for new jewellery ideas. If you shop somewhere regularly it may even be possible to join some kind of loyalty scheme to collect points and receive money off.
  7. Do you think your partner might propose soon? If so, identify the kinds of engagement rings which you like and point them out. There’s nothing more awkward than receiving a ring which just isn’t you and either having to ask to take it back, or put up with it forever.
  8. Buy a charm bracelet. You can decorate it however you want and building up your collection over time will give you a beautiful, individual piece of jewellery.
  9. If you’re investing in more expensive jewellery, keep it classic. The last thing you want is your high-end watch looking outdated within a year or two.