The next time you think about skipping those touches that complete a look, consider a gem of a thought Miuccia Prada shared on the subject: "What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language."
Let your accessories speak volumes and express yourself beautifully with these jewelry trends by Zadok Jewelers. From layered necklaces to cocktail rings, these accessories are modern, colorful and sure to get you noticed — before you've even said a word.
Bring On The Bangles
The arm party is the hottest ticket in accessories and bangles are all it takes to get through the door. Diamonds and other gemstones give you the option to wear bangles many different ways.
How to wear them: Stack those bangles and don't be afraid to get creative. The more the merrier and that goes for mixing metals, too.
"What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language."
"Bangle jewelry is deeply rooted in ancient cultures from around the world and continues to play an important role in modern-day cultures, directly influencing today's fashion trends," says Gilad Zadok, graduate gemologist. "It ties us to an ancient cultural expression, while giving us the ability to uniquely express ourselves in so many ways. But there's no doubt about it — bangles are sexy."
Cheers to Cocktail Rings
Every martini glass needs to be held by a well-accessorized hand, and the cocktail rings delivers just the right amount of sparkle and sass. Cocktail rings say, "Look at me . . . and buy me a drink while you're at it."
How to wear them: Yes, these rings are serious statement makers, but no, you shouldn't wear one on every finger. Cocktail rings are bold, oversized conversation starters that say a lot about the person wearing them.
"They are not about being conservative, but they really are works of art," Zadok says.
Luxurious Layering Necklaces
Layering is one of fashion's secrets to changing up a look while staying cool in the process. Layering necklaces serves the same purpose. Gold, silver and studded with gems, necklaces no longer lay quietly, hoping to be noticed and guaranteeing a look to remember.
How to wear them: The key to successful necklace layering is to look for pieces of varying lengths. Pile up your necklaces individually or look for connected necklaces that mimic the layered look — and don't be afraid to mix colors and styles. Like bangle stacking, the more the merrier.
Shine Like (Colored) Diamonds, Sapphires, Amethysts and More
We can thank the brief coupling known as "Bennifer" for the introduction of colored diamonds into our gem consciousness, but these beauties have actually been around much longer than Hollywood duos. Known for years as excellent investments due to their color variations, diamonds of different hues come in a rainbow of options.
"Hollywood set the trend of colored diamonds and people were all about pink diamonds for a while and to find a pink diamond in nature is rare," says Zadok . "To find a blue diamond is even more rare and to find a red diamond is the most rare."
How to wear them: Colored diamonds and other gemstones deserve to be seen, so whether it's a pair of chandelier earrings or a cocktail ring glistening with prasiolite, wear those pops of color with your favorite pair of denim or that sophisticated LBD.
Statement-making earrings come in all shapes and sizes and transition easily from day to night. As with other jewelry trends, statement earrings are heavy on color, incorporating tassels, feather cuts and unique designs.
How to wear them: We know statement earrings are beautiful, but Zadok also reminds us that chandelier earrings accentuate a woman's neck and, if your skin is experiencing a blemish or two, a pair of bold earrings are the perfect distraction.
Redefined Classics with a Vintage Twist
These pieces would be right at home on any of the ladies of Downton Abbey, but remain just as relevant at a multi-course dinner party today. Edwardian and Art Deco influences are woven into earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings that merge old and new.
How to wear them: "There's a timeless, throwback feel to this trend," Zadok says. "You see different kinds of gemstones and tassels made of colored diamonds. They are a great compliment to the face."
Soft blush colors and intricate patterns highlight these classic pieces and add an extra touch of femininity to your favorite frock or, for a more modern look, pair the vintage jewelry with a menswear-inspired style.