- 1 Jewelery and social role.
- 2 The jewel in history appeared before the dress.
- 3 Silence is golden!
- 4 Diamonds in the evening.
- 5 The lunar luster of pearls.
- 6 Bold combinations.
- 7 Combinations and multiples.
- 8 Time on me.
- 9 Men and jewels.
- 10 Children and jewelry.
- 11 Jewels and our personal past.
- 12 Sometimes it’s better than NO.
- 13 Balance and harmony.
Jewelery is an ornament, ça va sans dire, and adorning oneself is an inherent need of mankind. Within their own group, men have used jewels to stand out, to emphasize their social role recognized by all: the shaman, the leader, the warrior.
The jewel in history appeared before the dress.
Whether precious or not the material it is made of, a jewel is an accessory that assumes a certain relevance in completing an outfit and sometimes defines its function.
Wearing jewelry is not an easy thing. Sometimes it is not only a question of style, but a question of bon ton. It is obvious that the classic wedding band and the engagement ring are precious objects from which one never separates. The golden rule is less is more. Sobriety is always the best choice. Avoid, in general, exaggeration, excess is never elegant.
Silence is golden!
In the workplace it is always good to respect this rule. The professional role requires seriousness and sobriety, whatever the type of work a person does. Rings, earrings, bracelets can be worn with ease, as long as they are simple and inconspicuous, but above all in a limited number. In the office, jewelry must be a barely perceptible detail, a hint of light, a dot on the earlobes, never an accessory that ‘screams’. You can depart with a certain nonchalance in a creative and informal environment, in which the dress code is less bound to precise rules and therefore less rigid, but better to focus on something less ‘noisy’, which distracts attention from important things.
Diamonds in the evening.
As to whether to show off diamonds and precious stones, in my opinion, one should stick to the rule of British royalty, who follow the practice of reserving important jewels for important occasions and ceremonies and in any case, except for engagement rings, never before evening.
For the royal Windsor family, the etiquette requires that sapphires, emeralds, rubies, diamonds not be worn before 6pm. At Elizabeth’s court there is also the bizarre practice that during indoor events, after 6pm women remove the hat and wearing the tiara, tilted 45 degrees on the head. Only the married ones, though.
Apart from the British Royal Family, very attentive to protocol, everyone tends to do as they please, wearing very eye-catching jewels even during the day.
Moderation is a virtue and exaggerating is a fall in style.
The lunar luster of pearls.
While diamonds and the most precious stones are suitable for evening and very formal occasions, pearls are instead a classic daytime ornament.
Usually suitable for mature ladies to brighten the décolleté of a simple or cocktail dress, the pearl necklace is a fun accessory even for young women, to be worn even on a casual and informal outfit, on a soft shirt or a sweater with a thin texture worn over classic trousers or jeans. Whether natural or cultured, pearls refer to the moonlight, to a reassuring and maternal archetypal feminine. They are a refined and bright accessory. Bright white goes with any color. A thin string of pearls is a nice touch.
As a traditionally valuable object that also indicates prestige and wealth, the idea of the jewel is spontaneously associated with a precious metal, usually gold. Contemporary aesthetics, released from this assumption, also contemplates the jewel as a ‘game’, in its intrinsic meaning of pleasant ‘entertainment’, therefore free from assumptions of value, linked to the material used. It often happens to see combinations of different metals and plastic materials, resins, wood, ceramics, organic elements in eclectic and unconventional mixes.
No rule forbids the combination of gold and silver, platinum and bronze, palladium and wood, titanium and resin. The result can be of great aesthetic impact. These combinations, if made with skilful refinement and balance, are very interesting and denote a style, a character of the person who wears them. Contemporary jewelery has no constraints whatsoever with respect to materials, because what matters is the object not so much for its intrinsic value, but for the shape, technique, design, innovation and reference to an idea of self that you intend to transmit.
Mixing is possible, with skillful moderation.
Combinations and multiples.
One of the less simple things is to combine the jewels on a particular outfit. Sometimes you want to emphasize one part of the body, wearing multiple jewels, thin rings on the same finger or on all the fingers, bracelets, anklets, long and colorful necklaces in many threads.
In this case it is precisely the jewels that connote a slightly ethnic and a little gypsy style for a lively look, with a metallic tinkle. Provided that the proportions are respected, the combinations and the use of multiple jewels have no particular contraindications.
Sometimes multiples serve to mark the time (birthdays, anniversaries, important moments in life that you want to remember) and have a special meaning for the wearer.
The important thing is to combine everything with taste and balance. The set is strongly discouraged.
Time on me.
The watch is a typically male accessory, a real cult object for enthusiasts and collectors. The wristwatch, by design, fine materials, craftsmanship and technology, is to be considered the men’s jewel par excellence. Women use wristwatches less and in the daily grind they keep an eye on the passage of time from their mobile phones. A feminine soirée outfit does not include a watch. Bon ton wants man to wear it. The women’s jewel watch was once very much in vogue and had a thin strap, usually in gold.
A woman in an elegant evening dress should wear only one important piece of jewelry without a watch.
Men and jewels.
In addition to the watch, there are jewels designed for men that add a touch of class to a men’s outfit. Cufflinks are small decorative accessories used to close shirts with double cuffs. They can be very precious objects, characterized by a particular design or precious stones. A typical male jewel is the chevalier ring, usually with a coat of arms or a logogram, which indicates belonging to a noble family, to an association or to an order.
More and more often men also wear earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces, but even for these the rule of sobriety applies.Excess is never very elegant.
Children and jewelry.
Only games are suitable for children. Even on formal occasions it is out of place to dress them up with precious objects. No to earrings for girls, no to chains for boys. They will have plenty of time, when they grow up, to choose what I prefer to wear.
Jewels and our personal past.
Inherited jewels, for example, whether precious or not, have a very particular charm. The cut of the stones, the workmanship of yesteryear make these jewels real little manufacturing treasures, unique and unrepeatable details that accentuate the originality of a person who loves to stand out.
Belonging to grandmothers or great-grandmothers, purchased during trips to distant lands or received as a gift on special occasions, they are charged with emotional values, regardless of their value. They are objects linked to family memories or particular events, to memories of loved ones.
The grandfather’s watch, the earrings that the grandmother always wore are real good luck charms from which one never separates, signifying their ‘protection’ value deriving from the emotional bond with the person they belonged to.
Sometimes it’s better than NO.
Jewelery etiquette provides suggestions and clarifications on what to do with regard to precious objects, how to wear jewelry on important occasions and how to match them. The details denote a style and some tricks identify good manners and elegance. There are occasions when jewelry should not be worn at all, for example during funeral ceremonies or mournful circumstances. In moments of contrition it is never beautiful to shine.
Balance and harmony.
Apart from some indications, wearing jewelry and accessories is always a free choice. If made with harmony and good taste, but also with originality and irony, this choice can characterize a person, make him attractive and cloak him with a particular charm.
It is important to do it with balance and elegance.