Classics with a Twist

Spice up your favorite classic jewelry styles, with variations or touches that still work with any look.

They’re called classics for a reason. They are the jewelry styles so timeless they’re the go-to gift for life milestones and the must-haves for every woman’s jewelry box. They’re the necklaces chosen by female politicians who want to demonstrate their broad appeal, the earrings that can transition from day to evening without batting an eye or the bracelet that adds just a touch of no-nonsense feminine class to the black suit in the boardroom.

Yet once most women acquire the classics, where do they go next? For many women, graduating to more one-of-a-kind or designer pieces may not be quite the next step — they can be expensive and not as versatile as their beloved diamond studs or plain gold bangle. Yet they may be ready for something with just a bit more flair or personality than their play-it-safe staples. So if you’re ready for a twist on your beloved classics, here are a few recommendations.

The Classic: diamond stud earrings


Here’s what to love about discreet diamond studs: they’re demure enough to wear with your yoga pants and flip-flops to the coffee shop, stylish enough to accompany your business-casual sweater set and gorgeous enough to set off your little black dress.

If you’re ready for something with just a little more personality, consider a step up to a pair of short diamond drops, still intimate enough to practically hug the ear lobe but with just a little dangle to attract interest and express a bit of flair. Or stick with studs, but consider a new angle with a pair of heart-shaped or square (“princess-cut”) studs. You can also go for a slightly bigger diamond look with baguette earrings that surround the center stone with a flashier diamond look.

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