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The Statement Piece

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Hi everyone, Slayleigh James Estate here ready to blog some vintage jewelry goodness! I’m honored to have been asked to regularly contribute to Cabootle’s blog and would love to hear what Cabootle's readership would enjoy learning about. Today I’m going to blog about the statement piece. There are many aspects to building your own personal jewelry collection and several types of pieces that fit into a well-rounded collection appropriate for all occasions and all seasons and the statement piece should be an integral part of any collection.

Vintage Stanley Hagler N.Y.C Choker Necklace

The Statement Piece

Historically the statement piece has been used to communicate cultural and religious values and provide an expression of the wearer’s sense of self. This is a piece of jewelry that should stand alone in its boldness and ability to capture the attention of others. It’s a perfect piece to wear with an elegant or simple outfit and is designed to catch the eye and become the center-piece of your look. This is the piece of jewelry that as you walk into a party people are going to notice and compliment you on. Statement pieces can be any style but they are always bold, unique and attention grabbing. One of the struggles many women have when considering buying a statement piece is being taken out of their comfort zone, especially if you’re not the type of person who is comfortable dressing as an extrovert to garner looks. The statement piece doesn’t have to be loud and obnoxious, the key is to find a piece that you’re comfortable wearing and says something about you and your personal sense of style. Ultimately the statement piece is a piece that increases your personal confidence and communicates your style and values to the world.

In doing my research for this article I found a great set of statement piece jewelry tips in an article on ebay. I didn’t see an author’s name to credit but I thought I’d share their tips:

1. Size

Statement jewelry is usually big. Chandelier earrings, thick bangles, and bulky pendants are common adornments. While statement jewelry is intentionally large to draw attention to itself and the wearer, such jewelry does not have to be overbearing. Consider personal size in proportion to jewelry size as well. For example, petite women with overly large jewelry may look visually out of balance.

2. Slant Match

Slant matching is like slant rhyming. If words don't actually rhyme but are rather close, this is considered a slant rhyme. Apply this same principle to statement style. Although copper and gold do not precisely match, they are a perfect example of how to slant match. They are not the same color, but they are close enough. They look homogeneous enough to work, but there is just enough clash to draw attention to itself. Instead of just wearing a gold necklace with gold earrings and a gold bracelet, choose a copper necklace.

3. One at a Time

Wear only one piece of statement jewelry at a time. If wearing statement earrings, wear a gentle, unobtrusive ring. If the necklace is making a statement, choose simple earrings. Small studs may be perfect. Wearing too many big, bold pieces of jewelry will look a little showy and overdone. When wearing a statement piece of jewelry, choose clothes and other accessories that are pretty calm. Although statement jewelry is easy and powerful, consider using a statement purse, clutch, or other accessory every now and again.

4. Vintage

There are plenty of modern pieces of jewelry that can be used, but the world of vintage jewelry is a gold mine. It is just easier to find unique pieces of jewelry when looking at vintage pieces. Whether a piece of jewelry is antique or just vintage-inspired, it adds sophistication and makes the wearer look more sophisticated. At Slayleigh James Estate we just love the beauty and uniqueness of vintage pieces!

5. Makeup

Put on the statement piece of jewelry before applying makeup. The idea is to keep one's makeup simple so as not to distract from the statement jewelry. Indeed, one should coordinate her makeup so it is consistent with her jewelry. Although bold makeup is sometimes appropriate, it is better worn without statement jewelry. There is nothing wrong with using makeup to make a statement, but the rule "one at a time" applies here as well.

6. Clothes

Take advantage of the middle ground between plain and grandiose. Avoid attention-grabbing patterns, but use solids, pinstripes, and faded patterns. Many women think that statement jewelry looks better with equally bold attire, but consider two very different outfits. The first is a leopard print blouse, black slacks, and a multi-strand necklace. The other outfit is the same, but it replaces the multi-strand necklace with a simple beaded necklace featuring a small pendant. The first outfit has far too much going on, and there would ultimately be a big clash around the neckline where the two bold pieces meet. The second outfit allows the jewelry to complement the bold pattern. In like manner, it is best to pick simple clothes to complement a piece of statement jewelry. When it comes to bold pieces in an outfit, less is definitely more.

7. Popular Types

While this doesn't address every type of statement jewelry here are some of the most common types with some tips for statement pieces that are sometimes worn a little recklessly.

Bib Necklace:

These tend to be short, wide and colorful. As such, they go great with high or scoop neck shirts. A high neck gives the necklace a backdrop whereas a scoop neck outlines the necklace. The idea is simply to wear a shirt that won't interrupt the round appearance of the necklace.

Vintage Czech Crystal Festoon Swag Necklace

Long Necklace:

These are often colorful and may also be multi-layered. Since they go so far below the neck, most fashion gurus recommend skipping a belt.

Vintage Miriam Haskell Bakelite Necklace Circa 1940s

Cocktail Ring:

These are rings that usually feature big, colorful gemstones. They are excellent statement pieces because they can be worn with any outfit.

Vintage Vogue Signed Vendome Ring Circa 1960

Chandelier Earrings:

These earrings are very fashionable. They draw lots of attention to the face, so it is important to use caution when applying makeup. Let the earrings speak for themselves. In addition, choose a hairstyle that keeps the hair out of the way.

Art Deco Rhinestone & Marcasite Drop Earrings

Cuffs & Bangles:

These thick bracelets come in a seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns. Wear them with short or three-quarter sleeves. Let them take control of the wrists.

Vintage Bakelite Bangle Multicolored Bracelet

8. Gemstones

Choose jewelry that utilizes the stylistic power of gemstones. Each gemstone is associated with special spiritual and physical properties. These properties give gemstones meaning. Since the purpose of statement jewelry is to speak to oneself as well as to others, gemstones can be powerful. Consider birthstones. Consider different colors and the emotions that they evoke. By applying specific meanings to different gems, individuals can choose statement jewelry that best fits their own needs. Women can even wear a statement piece of jewelry that fits the needs of a specific day. For example, wear carnelian for courage. Try malachite for calmness. Sport a little aquamarine for better communication. Although others may not know the meanings associated with different crystals, women who apply meanings to their jewelry feel more empowered to act the part.

Well, I think that’s about it for this week’s post. Check out the jewelry section on Cabootle.com and find yourself a new piece of statement jewelry. Look for something that defines your sense of style and adds a personal flair to your wardrobe and personality! Happy shopping and see you next week!

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