No matter what the occasion, you want to look and feel your best. Adding a beautiful piece of jewelry or several pieces can help you shine your brightest, especially in the summer.
Below are 8 ideas for a summer look using jewelry to shine as bright as you can this summer. For a more detailed list and description of different styles of jewelry, visit www.AdinasJewels.com.
You may think a bangle is a larger, chunky bracelet, but they can also be created out of thin or smaller materials. The stacking of several thin bracelets, of various sizes, can create a beautiful wrist accessory for nearly any event.
During the summer months, opt for bangles that are chunky and in contrasting colors to your outfit. A thin sundress can be dressed up or down with different colors of bangles as well as a small beaded necklace.
- Add a Bit of Lace
Using lace as an accessory or in place of jewelry is a custom dating back hundreds of thousands of years. However, today, there are gold, silver and other colors of metal jewels that have duplicated the intricate patterns often found in lace fabric.
Some thinner metals can be woven into a lace pattern and used as choker necklaces, armbands, and pendants. Actual lace is often added to brooches as a delicate background.
- Shoot for the Moon and the Stars
Traditionally, when someone wore a crescent moon shape on a necklace, it meant feminine power and represented the female moon goddess. This type of “charm” was popular in the Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian Eras. It was also the height of the Industrial Revolution and young girls and women were entering the workforce.
As for the stars, it doesn’t matter if you opt for delicate and small stars in gold or silver, or larger, thicker stars covered in diamonds. These celestial forms are a summer staple when it comes to jewelry.
- Sea Shells
Another commonplace summer “jewel” is the traditional seashell necklace and matching bracelet. Seashells as jewelry have been around since the beginning of man, and today, their popularity will last past the hot days of summer. They are considered a magical gift from Mother Earth and to wear them represents your admiration for her.
There are many different types of seashells, from the beautiful and colorful Abalone to the egg-shaped Cowrie shells. Each one unique and interesting as a centerpiece around the neck or in groupings around the wrist.
Another place seashells can appear as jewels are in combs and headbands. Dressing up an outfit with a seashell in your hair is another way of celebrating all things breezy and summer-like.
- Colorful Beads
Depending on where you are going, and what activities you will engage in, a simple strand of white pearls may be too dressy for the event. If you are wearing a summer outfit of white, you may want to consider adding a splash of color with a medium-sized beaded necklace in a purple, yellow or green hue.
The size of the beads would be dependent on the fabric of your outfit. Something made of light linen would not warrant a big chunky necklace, but a small string of beads. A heavier muslin-blended blazer or jacket would pair well with large beads.
Wearing charms was once considered a good way to ward off evil spirits. During the prehistoric era, charms were created out of human and animal bones, shells, wood and rocks. Today, charms are manufactured out of silver, gold, bronze, various gems, including turquoise and sometimes ivory or pearl.
Charm bracelets are a popular way to create your own look while showing off the things you love. Some women use their charm bracelet to showcase their children and grandchildren by adding charms that represent their likes such as soccer or ballet dance.
A single charm hanging from a simple chain can change the look of a summer outfit. The cut of the neckline should be considered before the choice of charm is decided. Some charms take away from the cut of a blouse or dress, especially those with a lot of beading or lace on the bodice.
Anklets are popular with the beach crowd, surfer girls and anyone who wants to show off a toned calf. They used to be made almost entirely of rope or hemp with a bead or two or perhaps a small seashell. They were also regulated to swimsuits, shorts, skirts or Capri Pants, but today, they are worn with fancy dresses, pants suits and everything in between.
You may think anklets are basically bracelets for above your feet, but they are so much more. You can’t take a bracelet and turn it into an anklet and call it a day. Your anklet needs to match or make a statement about your shoes and your outfit, whether it is a skirt, shorts or pants.
- Shells and Pearls
This is a newer trend for this summer and one that is going to last a few seasons. The combination has limitless possibilities for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The shells can be different sizes, shapes, and colors and the pearls can also have a hue other than shiny white.
The grouping is bringing summer to the jewelry wearer in a way that is both feminine and playful. The basis for the arrangement could be large hoops, for both earrings and necklaces, or a strong thread or even a hemp rope.
A note of warning about this combo, stay away from artificially colored shells. They tend to look fake, as nature does not create shells in hot pink, neon green or black, just to name a few. Stick to the natural color of the seashells and traditional pearls. The banding or glue could have a hint of color in it if you need color with these jewelry pieces.
Summer styles are lighter in weight, less bulky, and have light color to them. No matter what you pair your summer outfit with, a good piece of jewelry is always in style.