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Everything about STATEMENT JEWELRY – Own it, flaunt it, trend it

12 Apr 2021

She’s wearing the brightest red lipstick, she has the most beautiful smoky eyes, a fabulous figure, and yet you miss them all and look straight at the necklace she is wearing? Well, if the necklace has taken your breath away, she is most certainly wearing a

What is Statement Jewellery?
Statement jewelry is a piece of jewelry that may be a necklace, ring, earrings, or bracelet which conveys a strong message without saying a word. The jewelry is highly-visible, attention-seeking, bold, original, colorful, large, voluminous, intricate, and tasteful. Statement jewelry is curated to stay in the spotlight. Statement jewelry helps to express the personality, thoughts, and sense of style of the wearer.

The history of statement jewelry
Statement jewelry originated when metalworking techniques became more prevalent in the art of jewelry making. The Shannongrove Gorget necklace from Ireland is one of the early pieces belonging to the later Bronze Age (probably 800-700 BC). At that time, gold a rare and highly valued metal, was buried with the dead to accompany the owner into the afterlife. The Egyptians also followed a similar practice burying their mummies with heavy ornaments.
In the medieval ages 1200 to 1500 AD, royalty and the nobility wore gold, silver, and precious gems to protect themselves and reflect their hierarchy. The Romans were particularly famous for their love of large rings.
From the 17th to the 19th century, advances in cutting techniques changed the look of jewelry. Bow motifs, floral designs, and enameling emerged. Even diamond jewelry began to take center stage. But it was only in the 1920s when Coco Chanel, the doyenne of fashion, created elaborate and bossy jewelry that statement jewelry caught the attention of fashionistas and jewelry manufacturers. From that moment, it has become a norm to design statement pieces—from Cartier that sells statement pieces in fine jewelry, to designer Paco Rabanne who uses materials like plastic and PVC in bright colors to make statement jewelry. Modern-day statement jewelry is big, bold, and here to stay.

How to wear statement jewelry
Here are a few guidelines for wearing statement jewelry
1. Balance it out
Draw attention to one main piece of statement jewelry at a time. You can add something light for a hint of color to balance it and coordinate it with the statement piece. Remember to apply the golden rule less is more when focusing on a statement piece.
2. Be yourself
Since statement jewelry is bold and brave, make sure you walk out of the door feeling confident wearing it. If it is not your personality type, you will never have enough confidence to carry it off. Always choose jewelry that speaks to you.
3. Match the outfit
A statement piece of jewelry can only work if it complements your outfit. Bold prints, loud colors may distract from the beauty of the statement piece. So keep your dressing neutral and understated while showing-off your statement jewel. Whether it is a ring, earrings, necklace, bracelet, make sure it is the jewelry that draws attention first and not the dress.
4. Go geometric
Geometric shapes and designs are easy ways to combine statement jewelry pieces. Try to stay within a group to make an impact.
5. Shine through
Diamonds are a girl's best friend. These baubles glitter like no other. Today, it is no longer fashionable to wear a complete diamond set—necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring. Especially if your design is elaborate and rather large-sized, you can go for the sparkle of maybe only one or two pieces at a time. Wear the statement choker necklace with just the ring and leave those large danglers and the bracelet for another day. After all, you do not want to look like a Christmas tree.
6. Colour me
Whether rubies and diamonds or plain gold, remember to stylize the same hues to create the right effect with the statement jewelry. Too many contrasting colors will take away the attention from your statement piece, be it a cuff, or long dangling earrings, or anything else.
7. Go vintage
Create a look with exaggerated sizes and designs from grandma's jewels. Vintage jewelry pieces that are large and intricate are perfect as statement jewelry. Be it a broach or a cameo pendant, wear it right.

Elements of Statement jewelry
With CAD and other jewelry manufacturing tools, it is becoming easier to design statement jewelry. All you need is to ensure these elements are taken into consideration while designing statement jewelry. They are: -
1. Size
Anything sized large compared to other jewelry pieces can be considered statement jewelry. Statement jewelry cannot get lost on the wearer. It has to cover a significant part of the body—whether it is your finger or wrist. Size matters to draw attention but having said that, one can also make a statement with ten strands of pearls worn together.
2. Shape
3D printing technology has changed the shape of traditional jewelry. Today futuristic shapes are possible in silver, gold, polyamide, and ceramics, with 3D printing.
3. Volume
Wear a super chunky ring, and you have the volume. Volume in jewelry makes it stand apart from its counterparts.
4. Quantity
One can create statement jewelry with quantity - a classic example is by stacking up or layering up. Wear a dozen mix and match charm bracelets with other soft bracelets in similar metal, and you have created your own statement piece.
5. Colour
Statement pieces can be all about color. Wear a long hanging earring in yellow diamonds and see how they attract attention.

It is always advisable to invest in a few statement jewelry pieces that can transform your look from plain to plush. Buy a statement necklace, earrings, ring, or bracelet, and get ready to rock your look. Statement jewelry is an extension of your personal style, so it will never go out of fashion. Get it in baubles or precious metal or in imitation, whatever is you. Do remember what Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” That way, you will never over-accessorize.

Rukshana is a freelance content and communication strategist based out of Mumbai, India. She mingles her expertise in PR with comprehensive domain knowledge and creative writing skills to assist and propagate business, worldwide. Being a quick learner, she utilizes her diversified digital expertise to provide copywriting and content writing services to create highly profitable brands, products, and services.