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How to wear statement jewellery


Statement jewellery captures attention and helps you to add your own unique touch to an outfit. You'll definitely stand out from the crowd and there are many different ways to wear statement jewellery, such as 

  1. Wearing one 'hero' piece of statement jewellery
  2. The 'maximalist' look
  3. Layering and jewellery pairing 
  4. Dressing up... or down
  5. Matching items

1. Wearing one 'hero' piece of statement jewellery

Statement jewellery can be a creative way to add some versatility to your wardrobe, and the great thing is, you can start with just one statement piece. If you want to dip your toe into the world of statement jewellery but don't have an unlimited budget, this approach is perfect for you. Pick one unique and eye catching piece and wear it with lots of different outfits and to different types of events.

If you have a decent budget and want to invest in one beautiful piece that's personal to you, why not try our handmade bespoke jewellery services?

How to wear statement jewellery
We love our gold vermeil hand necklace because it's so eye-catching and always get's compliments. 

2. The 'maximalist' look

At the other end of the spectrum, you'll find the 'maximalist' look! This style approach is not for the faint-hearted and will definitely grab people's attention. Think 'more is more': nothing is too much. As with all sorts of accessories, statement jewellery designs can change the look of clothing you love wearing and bring something unique to the mix. Try mixing colours, fits and lengths. Don't be afraid to mix different metals in one look! It used to be frowned upon, but we love mixing silver and gold, as long as it's ethically sourced! 

We would always advise that you're discerning when buying jewellery, especially in larger quantities. Read our blog post on what to look for when buying jewellery to learn about sourcing jewellery in an ethical way.

How to wear statement jewellery

3. Layering and jewellery pairing

Layering jewellery is very 'in' right now, and works really well with statement jewellery. We love to layer many necklaces from our Memento Mori jewellery collection. Pick one part of your body to focus on; be it your neck, wrists or fingers. It's best not to do all at once otherwise you'll start to move into the maximalist look.

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We think our sterling silver tooth necklaces look wonderful here, a striking layered look.

4. Dressing up... or down

Dressing up

Formal and striking outfits can work really well with ethical handmade statement jewellery. A classic 'little black dress' can be elevated with the addition of a pair of ethically sourced statement hoop earrings, and an eye-catching patterned top could be paired beautifully with a bold ethical necklace. Both are easy looks to pull off if you do them right!

Dressing down

Why not try pairing your statement jewellery with simple and classy clothing? A bold eye catching ethical bracelet or unique ethically sourced ring could work perfectly with a simple white t-shirt and skinny jeans look. The jewellery elevates this classic 'dressed down' look making it perfect as a day time or night time look. 

5. Matching items

Wearing a mix of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings together that come from the same collection, compliment each other or clash in a satisfying way can create a fantastic look. A curated selection of complimentary pieces with all items working together harmoniously rather than one piece drawing the most attention, can help you look well put together. These pieces might be designed as a matching set or they might all be different but have subtle similarities.

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Ultimately, it's up to you which route you take and you may love playing around with all of these ways of wearing statement jewellery: you don't have to stick to just one approach! Play around until you feel confident about what works best for your body and sense of style. Consider the occasion you're dressing for, and have fun with it.

Important things to consider when wearing statement jewellery

  1. Consider neckline
  2. Think about the occasion
  3. Outfit and jewellery pairing

1. Consider neckline

We always think it's best to wear a necklace that sits either above or below the neckline. If the necklace you want to wear sits at the same length as your collar, the necklace could slip underneath your collar, or could sit strangely on the collar which will detract from the overall look. If you have a high neckline, longer chains work well, and shorter chains work with a plunging neckline. We offer lots of different options so check out our contemporary handmade jewellery for some inspiration.

2. Think about the occasion

Not every look will work for every occasion, so consider where you're going. We think that wearing one 'hero' piece of statement jewellery works perfectly for a works event while the maximalist look can be the ideal option for a night out or Christmas get together!

3. Outfit and jewellery pairing

We think it's best to start with one item, and build from there. Whether you focus on clothing or accessories 1st, starting with one clear piece will allow you to begin with a clear vision, and then build on it. Choose one path rather than mixing different style choices together - either working with one 'hero' statement jewellery piece, or going for a more layered look. 

Duxford Studios creates ethical handmade jewellery inspired by the human form, modern culture, and the sensation of touch. All of our pieces are cast from hand carved wax in recycled sustainable sterling silvergold vermeil, and other ​precious metals. Shop our full collection on our website or get in contact about custom jewellery design commission. Need help choosing a piece? Read our full guide on what to look for when buying jewellery on our blog page.


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