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Is 14k gold jewelry worth it?

I have been building my jewelry collection over some time now. It started off with a few pieces that belonged to my mother, I then added some more 10k pieces to my collection and I’ve started to add more 14k pieces. I can safely say that from now on I will be sticking to 14k pieces as I think they are worth the extra investment and here is why.

14k gold jewelry is worth it because it offers some of the best balance between durability, beauty and value for money. The alloy content will ensure that your pieces can withstand daily wear and tear white the gold content will help to maintain its beauty and lustre for years to come with little maintenance. 

When you consider how long 14k gold jewelry can last and how well it can retain its value, 14k pieces offer all the benefits of 18k gold pieces at a lower price point. It also offers a comparable level of durability to 10k pieces but the high gold content means there is less maintenance required. This is why I will be sticking to 14k pieces as a minimum from now on for my collection. 

Is 14k gold a good metal for jewelry

14k gold jewelry consists of 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals, usually silver or copper, or zinc. 14k gold contains the most equally balanced gold to alloy content which means it offers the best of both worlds for anyone who is looking to add some beautiful and long-lasting pieces to their collection.

I wore my 14k gold ring every day for two months as an experiment for this post, and I can say from experience that it’s a very good material for everyday wear. This is especially true if your pieces contain gemstones because the sufficient level of alloy metals makes the material super strong and secure meaning they are less likely to become loose over time and fall out. 

14k gold is easy for jewelers to repair which is so important for women who like dainty, classic pieces because the links, hinges or even adjustments can be made easily when needed. In contrast, vermeil, gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry can never be repaired to the same extent which means when they break, you may just have to throw them out.

As one of the most common jewelry metals, 14k gold is a very reliable and high-quality metal for jewelry. It is highly durable, affordable and contains enough gold to give a beautiful rich color without being too yellow. It can also be easily adjusted and is strong enough to hold gemstones and diamonds securely making it one of the most popular metals for engagement rings.  

Just like other types of gold, 14K gold comes in three color options: white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Each color is made using a different metal that, when blended with gold, can change its appearance. A common composition for 14 karat white gold is 58.3% gold, 32.2% silver and 9.5% palladium. A common composition for 14 karat yellow gold is 58.3% gold, 30% silver and 11.7% copper. A common composition for 14 karat rose gold is 58.3% gold, 9.2% silver and 32.5% copper.

How long does 14k gold jewelry last?

14k gold jewelry is very long-lasting and high quality, but like any jewelry the longevity of your pieces depends on wear and tear and how well you maintain them. My 14k gold rings are relatively new but I already feel confident in wearing them everyday and I don’t have to worry too much if they get a bit wet. I do my best to dry them off when it happens and store them correctly.

As long as you don’t put too much strain or stress on your pieces from exposing them to too much air, moisture or chemicals, you should be able to keep your 14k gold pieces for many years and pass them down to the next generation if you wish. 

This is one of the best parts of starting a fine jewelry collection, in my opinion, because you gather beautiful pieces over your lifetime that will be enjoyed for many years to come. 14k gold pieces are tough enough that they don’t require a whole lot of maintenance to keep them in good shape.

Is 14k gold jewelry hypoallergenic?

Hypoallergenic is unfortunately used as a marketing term – hypoallergenic, really means “below the normal level” which is anything that less than 50% of the population is allergic to. So even though I’ve never had an allergic reaction to my 14k gold jewelry, which could contain small amounts of nickel, it does not mean that someone else will have the same tolerance.

This is why it’s important to know the composition of the 14k gold jewelry you are buying so that you can be sure that you can wear it without any issue. Nickel is the metal that causes an allergic skin reaction in some people which is usually minor but still irritating. Nickel is used in small amounts as an alloy metal and especially in white gold since it’s also used to change the color of the gold from yellow to white.

14k gold jewelry generally does not contain nickel but remember to be diligent and ask if your jewelry is nickel-free, not just hypoallergenic. The bottomline is if your 14k gold jewelry contains nickel even in small amounts, it’s not truly hypoallergenic.

Can you shower with 14k gold jewelry?

It’s not recommended to wear 14k gold jewelry in the shower because it has a relatively high alloy content and can accelerate tarnishing. In general, 14k gold is a high grade and durable metal and submerging your 14k jewelry in water temporarily shouldn’t do any irreversible damage. However, it’s better to avoid showering with it too often to maintain the quality, value and luster of your 14k pieces.

Does 14k gold tarnish easily? 

There is no accurate estimate of the time that it takes 14k gold to tarnish because it depends on the level and length of exposure. However, in comparison to other fine jewelry, 14k gold will tarnish faster than 18k and 24k because it contains higher alloy content but slower than 10k pieces. With care 14k jewelry should retain its rich color and should shine up very well after a quick polish.

How to prevent 14k gold jewelry from tarnishing.

The only gold jewelry that will never tarnish is 100% pure gold because it does not react easily to oxygen or sulfides. Tarnish is a natural reaction that happens to some metals on the outer layer of the jewelry so unlike rust which spreads throughout the metal, tarnishing only occurs on the outside layer that is exposed which means it’s not that big of a deal. Factors that can accelerate tarnishing include exposure to oxidants, moisture, and strong heat.

Here are some tips on how to keep your 14k gold jewelry from tarnishing so they look fantastic for years and years to come:

Keep it dry

Be mindful that tarnishing is accelerated when the metal comes into contact with anything that contains moisture, chemicals or even just the natural oils on your skin. This includes everything from water, body lotions, perfume and sweat so if your jewelry feels wet or slippery, take a dry microfiber cloth and dry it off. My rings are the most difficult to keep dry as they are wrapped tightly around my fingers and come into contact with water and soap when I wash my hands. Usually, I will take them off beforehand but if I can’t, I make sure to take them off and dry the inside of the ring as well.

Clean it regularly

You should always remove traces of discoloration or tarnish as soon as possible. This can be done easily by using some mild water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the piece around the affected area. Don’t submerge your pieces in the water especially if it contains gemstones, hold it outside and use the toothbrush to get it wet. Don’t forget to dry it with a soft cloth straight after. If it tarnishes regularly, take it to the jewelers to be plated in a protective layer of rhodium.

Store it properly

This is probably one of the best passive ways to ensure that your jewelry stays tarnish-free for longer. Jewelry boxes are not just for show. They serve a very important purpose. They are designed to have small compartments and drawers that are closed off as much as possible from the open air, because alloy metals can react simply to the atmosphere around them.

Store it properly

This is probably one of the best passive ways to ensure that your jewelry stays tarnish-free for longer. Jewelry boxes are not just for show. They serve a very important purpose. They are designed to have small compartments and drawers that are closed off as much as possible from the open air, because alloy metals can react simply to the atmosphere around them.

They’re also usually lined with felt which helps with drawing the moisture out of the air, creating the perfect environment for your jewelry to stay dry and protected while you’re not wearing it. So when you’re looking for a jewelry box, make sure that it’s lined with felt and it has small compartments to house your jewelry.

Separate your metals

Another reason why you should have a jewelry box to protect your 14k gold jewelry from tarnishing is because it allows you different spaces to separate your different types of jewelry. By this I mean, separating your sterling silver pieces from your 14k gold pieces and your 14k gold from other pieces as well. It doesn’t mean you have to have two jewelry boxes for each (unless you have a big collection, in which case it’s not a bad idea) but it’s just to be aware of not storing them so closely together. This is because jewelry that has high alloy content like sterling silver will react much faster and can cause lower alloy pieces like 14k gold to react faster than it normally would as well.

Get your jewelry plated in rhodium

If you have a very special piece of jewelry that you want to protect well then rhodium plating might be a good option for you. Rhodium is applied in a thin layer to help jewelry stay tarnish-free for longer. It’s mostly used for white gold jewelry but may also be used on silver and yellow gold. Rhodium plating is usually replaced every two years but this depends on how much wear and tear it gets over time.

It can also help protect your skin from pieces of jewelry that contain nickel as it’s a hypoallergenic metal. This is not the best solution for everyone however, it’s quite an expensive way to protect your jewelry which has to be redone every few years so it’s best for people who have very sentimental pieces that tarnish easily.

I hope you have learned all you need to know about 14k gold and you feel confident in your decision on whether it’s the right choice for you. I would love to see how you use this article to find some beautiful 14k pieces that you can wear as often as you like so please tag me on Instagram, Tiktok or Pinterest or you can or send me a message because I would love to see!

About the author 

Mish has a Masters in Fine Art and she’s passionate about classical design, style and culture. She loves to analyze fashion and style through this lens to help people develop a personal style that’s authentic and tasteful.

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What you should know about 10k gold jewelry before you buy

Is 10k gold a good metal for jewelry

10k gold jewelry consists of 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals, usually silver or copper, or zinc. Because 10k gold has the minimum amount of karats that’s considered to be fine jewelry and contains more alloy metals than it does gold, this means it is the least expensive fine gold jewelry that you can find on the market.

I wear my 10 gold chain, rings and earrings almost every day without fail, and I can say from experience that even though they have a low gold content, they are built to last. One of the best perks about 10k jewelry is that it’s easy for jewelers to repair a broken link or hinge if needed, whereas my vermeil, gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry could never be repaired when they got damaged or broken meaning, I just had to stop wearing them.

Some jewelers don’t use 10k gold to make jewelry because although it is a very durable metal, it’s not the preferred metal for making “fine jewelry”. These jewelers don’t consider 10k gold as fine jewelry, due to its low gold content. However, 10k gold is a great metal for everyday, good-quality, affordable jewelry.

But that doesn’t take away the fact that 10k gold jewelry offers the best balance between affordability and durability making it a really good option for everyday casual wear. This means that it won’t bend or break as easily as high karat gold pieces and is more scratch-resistant too. I’ve put my own 10k jewelry through hell and the only piece I’ve ever damaged was a chain link that slowly prised open over time. 

Just like other types of gold, 10K gold comes in three color options: white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Each color is made using a slightly different blend of metals that, when blended with the gold, can change its appearance. A common composition for 10 karat white gold is 41.7% gold, 47.4% silver, 10% palladium, and 0.9% zinc. A common composition for 10 karat yellow gold is 41.7% gold, 52% silver and 6.3% copper. A common composition for 10 karat rose gold is 41.7% gold, 20% silver and 38.3% copper.

How long does 10k gold jewelry last

10k gold jewelry can last for years and even generations, but like any jewelry it depends on wear and tear and consistent mainenance of 10k pieces. My 10k gold rings are over 50 years old and were passed down to me from my mother who took good care of them and always kept them in their jewelry box when they weren’t worn.

As long as you don’t put too much strain or stress on your pieces from exposing them to too much air, moisture or chemicals, you should be able to keep your 10k gold pieces for years and pass them down to the next generation if you wish. 

This is one of the best parts of starting a fine jewelry collection, in my opinion, because you gather beautiful pieces over your lifetime that will be enjoyed for many years to come. 10k gold pieces are so tough that they don’t even require a whole lot of maintenance to keep them in good shape.

Is 10k gold jewelry hypoallergenic

Nickel is the metal that causes an allergic skin reaction in some people which is usually minor but still irritating. Nickel is used in small amounts as an alloy metal and especially in white gold since it’s also used to change the color of the gold from yellow to white. 10k gold jewelry was usually made with small amounts of nickel but it is not used as much in 10k gold nowadays. However, be diligent and ask if your jewelry is nickel-free, not just hypoallergenic.

Hypoallergenic is unfortunately used as a marketing term – hypoallergenic, really means “below the normal level” which is anything that less than 50% of the population is allergic to. So even though I’ve never had an allergic reaction to my 10k gold jewelry, which is quite old and most likely contains nickel, it does not mean that someone else will have the same tolerance.

This is why it’s important to know the composition of the 10k gold jewelry you are buying so that you can be sure that you can actually wear it every day. The bottomline is if your 10k gold jewelry contains nickel even in small amounts, it’s not hypoallergenic.

Is 10k gold jewelry worth it

10k gold jewelry is definitely worth it if you are starting your own fine jewelry collection or you have never owned fine jewelry before. I am starting to purchase more 14k gold pieces for my collection but 10k gold jewelry is what I wear every day and it’s always good to have some in your collection. It’s the perfect karat to start off with because it’s so foolproof and won’t cost the earth to replace if the worst happens.

10k gold jewelry has the perfect balance of quality and beauty while being affordable and dependable enough that you can wear your pieces every day. You also won’t have to do too much to maintain your pieces or worry too much that they could break. And even if it does you can always get it repaired. That’s what makes 10k jewelry worth it.

Does 10k gold fade or discolor

My 10k gold pieces are paler in color than my 14k gold ones however they are also a lot older and the difference is not that noticeable. However I have noticed that my 14k pieces are more lustrous than my 10k ones which have become more dull over time.

I’ve never had any issues with discoloration on my skin even after wearing them every day. However, I did notice that the inside of my rings, where it touches my skin most often and where moisture can get trapped, started to blacken slightly. But after a quick polish it was gone again.

The high alloy content in 10k gold jewelry means that some fading or discoloration is possible if it comes into prolonged contact with chemicals or moisture for example. Over long periods of time without good maintenance, 10k pieces can lose their shine and develop a dull layer of tarnish which can be polished away.

Can you shower with 10k gold jewelry

If you forget to take your 10k gold pieces off in the shower, it will not damage your jewelry to a noticeable extent. However, because of the high alloy content, showering with it can reduce the shine and luster of your 10k gold pieces and accelerate tarnishing so it’s not recommended to shower with them frequently. 

With that being said, if you’re looking for low maintenance jewelry pieces that are high quality but not so valuable that you have to worry about showering with them, then 10k gold is the best option because they are affordable, repairable and are therefore the easiest to replace.

Does 10k gold tarnish easily and how long does it take?

Tarnishing is inevitable for 10k gold jewelry because it contains a high percentage of alloy metals like silver or copper which react naturally to air, moisture, sulfur and chemicals. There is no accurate estimate of the time that it takes 10k gold to tarnish because it depends on the level and length of exposure.

From my experience, the rate of tarnishing depends on two things – exposure to the atmosphere and chemicals etc. and the length of time of the exposure. Nevertheless, there are types of jewelry which can withstand more exposure than others without losing their luster. In comparison to other jewelry, 10k gold will tarnish faster than 14k or 18k gold because 10k gold has a higher alloy content. However with regular care any tarnishing should be reversible.

How to prevent 10k gold jewelry from tarnishing

100% pure gold jewelry does not tarnish because it does not react easily to oxygen or sulfides but tarnish is a natural reaction that happens to some metals on the outer layer of the jewelry so unlike rust which spreads throughout the metal, tarnishing only occurs on the outside layer that is exposed which means it’s not that big of a deal. Factors that can accelerate tarnishing include exposure to oxidants, moisture, and strong heat.

Here are some tips on how to keep your 10k gold jewelry from tarnishing so they look fantastic for years and years to come:

Keep it dry

Be mindful that tarnishing is accelerated when the metal comes into contact with anything that contains moisture, chemicals or even just the natural oils on your skin. This includes everything from water, body lotions, perfume and sweat so if your jewelry feels wet or slippery, take a dry microfiber cloth and dry it off. My rings are the most difficult to keep dry as they are wrapped tightly around my fingers and come into contact with water and soap when I wash my hands. Usually, I will take them off beforehand but if I can’t, I make sure to take them off and dry the inside of the ring as well.

Clean it regularly

You should always remove traces of discoloration or tarnish as soon as possible. This can be done easily by using some mild water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the piece around the affected area. Don’t submerge your pieces in the water especially if it contains gemstones, hold it outside and use the toothbrush to get it wet. Don’t forget to dry it with a soft cloth straight after. If it tarnishes regularly, take it to the jewelers to be plated in a protective layer of rhodium.

Store it properly

This is probably one of the best passive ways to ensure that your jewelry stays tarnish-free for longer. Jewelry boxes are not just for show. They serve a very important purpose. They are designed to have small compartments and drawers that are closed off as much as possible from the open air, because alloy metals can react simply to the atmosphere around them.

Store it properly

This is probably one of the best passive ways to ensure that your jewelry stays tarnish-free for longer. Jewelry boxes are not just for show. They serve a very important purpose. They are designed to have small compartments and drawers that are closed off as much as possible from the open air, because alloy metals can react simply to the atmosphere around them.

They’re also usually lined with felt which helps with drawing the moisture out of the air, creating the perfect environment for your jewelry to stay dry and protected while you’re not wearing it. So when you’re looking for a jewelry box, make sure that it’s lined with felt and it has small compartments to house your jewelry.

Separate your metals

Another reason why you should have a jewelry box to protect your 10k gold jewelry from tarnishing is because it allows you different spaces to separate your different types of jewelry. By this I mean, separating your sterling silver pieces from your 10k gold pieces and your 10k gold from other pieces as well. It doesn’t mean you have to have two jewelry boxes for each (unless you have a big collection, in which case it’s not a bad idea) but it’s just to be aware of not storing them so closely together. This is because jewelry that has high alloy content like sterling silver will react much faster and can cause lower alloy pieces like 10k gold to react faster than it normally would as well.

Get your jewelry plated in rhodium

If you have a very special piece of jewelry that you want to protect well then rhodium plating might be a good option for you. Rhodium is applied in a thin layer to help jewelry stay tarnish-free for longer. It’s mostly used for white gold jewelry but may also be used on silver and yellow gold. Rhodium plating is usually replaced every two years but this depends on how much wear and tear it gets over time.

It can also help protect your skin from pieces of jewelry that contain nickel as it’s a hypoallergenic metal. This is not the best solution for everyone however, it’s quite an expensive way to protect your jewelry which has to be redone every few years so it’s best for people who have very sentimental pieces that tarnish easily.

I hope you have learned all you need to know about 10k gold and you feel confident in your decision on whether it’s the right choice for you. I would love to see how you use this article to find some beautiful 10k pieces that you can wear as often as you like so please tag me on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest or you can or send me a message because I would love to see! 

About the author 

Mish has a Masters in Fine Art and she’s passionate about classical design, history and culture. She loves to analyze fashion and style through this lens to help people develop a personal style that’s authentic and tasteful.

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14 stylish ways to wear pearls without looking old-fashioned

Pearls have been used in jewelry making for millennia, since at least 420 BC to be exact. We know this because of the pearl jewelry that was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess and is now on display in the Louvre museum in Paris. When you realise just how long pearls have been used in women’s accessories it’s hard to believe that pearls are seen as “old-fashioned” because they’re just so timeless and classic.

However, there are perhaps certain ways of wearing them which can make you look more mature or “old-fashioned” than others. I’ve done a lot of visual research and even tested out on myself some ways to wear pearls in a more modern way. One thing was abundantly clear, if you like feminine or classic styles then pearls are a must have staple for your wardrobe and to my surprise I found many many ways to wear them that look classy and demure without looking old-fashioned.

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Are pearls still in style

Pearls were featured in the 2022 Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter fashion shows by some of the world’s top designers and fashion houses including Chanel, Valentino, Tom Ford and Simone Rocha. Beyond the runway however, pearls are considered a staple of timeless fashion that are never truly out of style. 

The term “pearls” itself usually refers to an actual necklace or a string of pearls that’s worn in different layers around the neck. It’s a look that is seen as “traditional” because it’s most associated with Coco Chanel and her little black dress which was then popularized by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the 1970’s. If someone says “pearls are out of style” they are most likely talking about this particular way of wearing them rather than pearls as a jewelry making material.

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned avoid traditional pearls audrey hepburn

The shape of your pearls or the way you wear them might change depending on certain seasons and trends but pearls themselves are a versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn in many different ways and can be paired with almost anything all year round. Pearls have been seen recently on style icons like Kate Middelton, Meghan Markle, Angelina Jolie and Katie Perry just to name a few. 

They may not be wearing a full string of pearls but they have kept it minimal, classy and elegant to really allow the pearls to compliment the outfit rather than stand out as a statement piece. This is the main way to ensure that pearl jewelry does not look dated on you, by adding them in a minimal way as accents or complimentary pieces that won’t attract all the attention in your outfit. However there are a lot more ways to wear them to make sure they look modern so keep reading. 

Related: How to build a classic wardrobe from scratch and long term

Does wearing pearls make you look old

It has to be said that there’s nothing wrong with looking old, and any older women I’ve met always look fabulous not only for their style but for their great attitude and energy. However, I understand that you want to make a particular impression with your style and certain accessories, clothes or even colors carry meaning and can change how you are perceived to a certain extent. 

Pearls themselves are not ageing but a long pearl necklace can make your style look more mature because it’s a more traditional way of wearing pearls. Pearls are used in a variety of different types of accessories however, and there are many ways to wear them that look modern and youthful. Pearls, if worn correctly, can compliment different styles and age groups because they’re so associated with timeless style and femininity.

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If you love your strings of pearls however, then don’t let the association with a more mature style stop you from wearing them. A mature style does not automatically mean “old-fashioned” and your personal style is an expression of who you are and if you like a certain type of jewelry then there is nothing that should stop you wearing what you want. A pearl necklace can look very elegant and demure when paired with the right outfit and will not make you look older than if you were not wearing it.

How to wear pearls without looking old-fashioned

As we’ve seen on the runway, long strings of pearls are making a comeback in 2022 which should reassure you that your pearls will never truly go out of fashion. You may however want to use this article to explore some new, fun ways to incorporate them into your style so that you can wear pearls all year round, beyond what the fashion trends dictate. Below are some of the best ways to wear pearls in a timeless way that’s not old-fashioned or outdated.

Belt up

Belts are a gorgeous way to highlight the waistline or add a beautiful statement piece to your outfit. It’s edgy enough to get away with a lot and can look great with a lot of different styles.

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing modern pearl belt

Pearl collar

Pearl collars are a nice way to tone down the formalness of wearing pearls around the neck line while looking clean and contemporary at the same time. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing modern pearl collar sweater

With a sparkle

When choosing pearl jewelry, try to find one that combines a diamond or bright gemstone as well. This will add a bit more sparkle to the piece and help it to look like a modern pearl rather than an ancient one.

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing modern pearl diamond necklace

Footwear

Pearl embellished footwear is such a fun way to incorporate more pearls into your outfits. It’s a contemporary and summery style that looks great on anyone and will help to draw attention to your beautiful pedicure. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing modern pearl sandals

Sleeked back or messy bun

This is a modern way to wear a simple pearl earring with both masculine and sophisticated outfits as well as a more feminine soft look. You can sleek your hair back in a tight bun, leave it a bit loose and romantic or even just pulled back over one ear. This is such a timeless way to wear pearls that will always look beautiful no matter what your age. 

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Unusual places

Try to find uncommon ways to incorporate pearls into your outfits. This can be in the shoulder straps of your tops and dresses, your eyewear, headwear or even a beautiful anklet. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned unusual places modern pearl eyewear

Pearl gilets

This one is for the statement piece lovers. A pearl gilet or vest that’s worn over another shirt or on its own is actually a super sexy way to wear pearls in abundance! If you’re a true pearl fan then this one might be a good one for you to try.

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned modern pearl beaded top gilet vest

Clutch your pearls

Every woman should have at least one structured clutch purse that is adorned with pearls. Champagne, ivory or rose, it doesn’t matter. It’s such an elegant statement that adds the perfect touch of glam to even the most minimal and simple outfits. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned modern clutch handbag purse

Creative drop

If you’re a pearl earring lover like me, then you can try to mix things up a bit and branch out to find more modern and creative earrings that take pearls to the next level. I’ve noticed that the most creative styles almost always have a drop to them and can come in minimal paired-back designs or more intricate and elaborate pieces. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing modern long pearl earrings

Miniature Minimal Multiple

Minimalism in jewelry is just like contemporary interior design, it’s not lazy or timid, it’s intentional and balanced. Use different size pearls, and different amounts of layers to balance multiple pearl pieces without looking overdone or too traditional. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned small pearls minimal necklace layers

Contemporary Vintage Glam

One of my favorites contemporary ways to wear pearls is to embrace the vintage glam that pearls became famous for. This is not an everyday look, its a more glamourous evening wear look but it’s such a timeless classic that looks stunning. The three basic elements are a black ensemble, lots of ivory pearls and a bold red lip.

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Hair accessories

A cute, youthful and feminine way to get into pearls if you’re worried about them making you look older, is to wear them as a hair accessory. They’re perfect for casual, everyday wear and look stunning on their own which makes it a great way to wear pearls for those who don’t wear that much jewelry.

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing pearl hair accessory

Perfect imperfections

Contemporary jewelry design is an art itself and there are some stunning new ways that jewelry makers are reinventing pearls. It’s no secret that gold compliments that warmth and luster of a pearl and hammered gold and organically shaped pearls are transforming pearl jewelry into something that’s really sculptural and distinct. If it is a trend then it’s a timeless one that will be in style for many years to come. 

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ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned organic natural shape pearl

Pearl clusters

Pearl clusters can be found on anything, from jewelry to footwear to headwear. They look so organic and intricate that they can easily conjure seaside and nautical vibes which makes them a great feature to have on many of your summer accessories. 

ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing pearl cluster earring
ways to wear pearls without looking old fashioned young woman wearing pearl cluster necklace

Whether you’re looking for a way to modernize traditional long pearl necklaces or more contemporary ways to incorporate pearls into your wardrobe, I hope you have found this article helpful. I would love to see how you use this article to find some beautiful ways that you can wear pearls more often so please tag me on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest or you can or send me a message because I would love to see! 

About the author 

Mish has a Masters in Fine Art and she’s passionate about classical design, history and culture. She loves to analyze fashion and style through this lens to help people develop a personal style that’s authentic and tasteful.

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Is it weird to buy yourself jewelry?

It used to be very uncommon for a woman to purchase fine jewelry for herself. However, it is now considered normal for women to buy themselves fine jewelry. A recent survey (conducted by MVI Marketing) shows more than 51% of women purchase jewelry for themselves and only 18% said their spouse or partner purchases jewelry for them. 

The motivation of women purchasing fine jewelry for themselves included being able to buy exactly what they want, rewarding themselves for a milestone, commemorating an event or “just-because”. There is also an increasing number of affordable e-commerce and direct-to-consumer fine jewelry brands that cater to women of all ages and are normalising wearing fine jewelry everyday because they are able to offer their pieces at similar price points as some costume and semi-fine jewelry.  

More and more women are also turning away from costume or fast fashion, “throw-away” jewelry because of its negative environmental impact and are opting for solid gold, silver or platinum jewelry that are significantly more durable and can be passed down for generations. They are also less likely to fade or tarnish and allow the possibility for repair, unlike plated and other fashion jewelry. 

What is the difference between fine jewelry, demi-fine jewelry and fashion/costume jewelry? 

Fine jewelry is made of solid gold, sterling silver or platinum. Solid gold pieces are usually mixed or “alloyed” with other metals (silver, copper, nickel) to increase their strength and durability. The amount of pure gold in a piece of jewelry is expressed in karats. A karat is a measurement of the content of gold in a piece of jewelry. Pure gold is 24 karats. An 18 karat gold ring contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloyed metals (18+6=24). For a piece of jewelry to be considered “fine jewelry” in the United States, it needs to be at least 10 karat gold, but this varies in other countries.

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Fine jewelry is much stronger than fashion jewelry and does not tarnish with proper care or cause skin discolouration. Fine jewelry can also be repaired if needed which means it can be kept for many years and even passed down through generations. Fine jewelry does come at an elevated price point but due to its longevity and its ability to retain its value well, it can be well worth the investment.

Vermeil or “semi-fine jewelry” as it is also called, refers to jewelry with a thick gold plating on another less valuable precious metal, usually sterling silver. The purity of the gold layer must be at least 14 karats. It is less durable than solid gold pieces but because it is still made of precious metals, it may be possible to repair it or replate it if needed. Gold vermeil is also more likely to tarnish than solid gold especially if not well looked after, but it also comes at a significantly lower price point.

It is important to note that to expert jewelers, vermeil or “semi-fine” jewelry is still seen as costume or fashion jewelry because the material used is the most important factor when determining what is fine jewelry. However, if you find that you are more comfortable with the price point of vermeil pieces then this is the next best thing, in terms of longevity and quality to fine-jewelry.

Fashion jewelry includes gold plated and gold filled jewelry, and is the most prone to cracking and tarnishing. Gold plated jewelry is made mainly of a base metal like stainless steel with a thin gold layer that is electroplated on top. The layer is usually so thin that it wears faster and can tarnish more easily over time.

Gold-filled jewelry is usually made of a base metal like brass or copper with a thick gold plating on the outside. The layer of gold plating is much thicker than gold plated jewelry so it is much less likely to rub off or need re-plating. However, it is almost impossible to repair once broken. This is because the level of heat that is needed to solder the base metal pieces back together would make the gold or silver plating go black and therefore be ruined. 

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Which type of jewelry should I buy?

If you are comfortable with the higher price point, then solid gold, silver and platinum jewelry is a much better choice than “semi-fine” or fashion jewelry for many reasons, the most important of which include durability, reparability and easier maintenance.

The chart below lists the pros and cons of each type of jewelry in more detail. However, if you want to purchase jewelry that is suitable to travel with so you don’t have to worry if it gets lost, stolen or damaged, then semi-fine jewelry would be a good choice. 

Solid Gold

Vermeil

Gold Filled

Gold Plated

Affordability

Easy to recycle

Hypoalergenic

Water Resistant

Durability

Doesn’t Fade

Tarnish Resistant

Easily Repaired

Easily Repolished

When is the best time to buy fine jewelry?

If you are a savvy shopper and you want to get the best deal on your fine jewelry collections, there are a few times in the year when the price of fine jewelry is generally lower than it usually is or jewelry brands are more inclined to have discounts and offers. 

Most people think that the January sales are a good time to find deals for fine jewelry, however due to Valentines day being right around the corner on February 14th, jewelers see this as a key time in the year for sales volume because of the increase in partners and spouses buying gifts for their loved ones. Therefore, January is not the best time to buy

The key times in the year to buy fine jewelry include the months of April and May. You should be able to find some good deals around this time, as retailers know that people have some extra cash in their pockets due to the end of the tax year and the tax returns, so you may see some good deals to try and entice more people to buy jewelry. If you’re not from the USA, just check when the tax season ends in your country and this should give you a good idea of when to look around. 

The second, and perhaps the best time to buy fine jewelry are the months of July and August. This is when jewelry brands try to make up for their slow down in sales due to the majority of people having other priorities like summer vacations and preparing for the upcoming school year. 

The final best time to buy is Black Friday, it’s important to wait until at least that week in November when all the fine jewelry brands are competing with one another to try to get their brand noticed by people for those extra sales in the run up to Christmas. And if you are watching a few pieces specifically beforehand then you could find some really great deals. 

Is it weird to buy yourself a diamond ring?

Similarly to gold and silver jewelry, it is becoming much more common for women to buy themselves diamond rings and other diamond pieces. The confusion comes from the fact that diamond rings are seen as symbols of marriage but in reality there is no one and only situation where buying yourself a diamond ring is appropriate.

It has become popular for women to purchase diamond rings for themselves for multiple reasons; It has become much more fashionable to wear diamonds on a daily basis for formal and casual situations. Buying a diamond ring is an investment opportunity and is also an increasingly popular way for women to gift themselves, commemorate an event or celebrate an important occasion.

is it weird to buy yourself a diamond ring

So if you have been hesitating to purchase a diamond ring for yourself because you are unsure if it is normal or not, then you can rest assured that it has become a very popular thing for women to do. I hope you found this helpful. I would love to see how you use the tips in this article to enhance your style so please please tag me on Instagram, Tiktok or Pinterest or you can or send me a message because I would love to see! 

About the author 

Mish has a Masters in Fine Art and she has an interest in classical design, history and culture. She loves to analyze fashion and style through this lens to help people develop authentic personal style.