I love accessorizing my outfits with some pretty jewelry. But during the summer especially I like to keep the pieces a little more minimal. A lot of jewelry can feel and even look just as hot as adding a third piece of clothing. So today I’m sharing some simple but impactful jewelry for summer.
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Another Reason I’m Minimizing My Jewelry
A couple of months ago I decided that I wanted to start investing (slowly!) in a few more substantial and classic pieces of jewelry that I can wear for years. I’ve definitely developed more of a slow fashion mindset over the past few years of blogging. As someone who gets in a lot of clothing and accessories for her job, I abhor waste. And I really don’t want to have an ever revolving closet full of clothes or accessories that eventually end up in a landfill.
I do have to buy new things and I receive a lot of gifted products to share here on the blog and on my YouTube channel and social media platforms. But I work harder than you might imagine to keep my inventory low and select.
With piles of baubles accumulating on the surfaces in my office and bedroom, I became determined to curate my jewelry collection more intentionally. So yes, you’ll continue to see costume jewelry here occasionally, especially when it’s gifted by a brand for a collaboration, such as here. But I think you’ll notice that otherwise I am wearing the same select pieces below, as well as others I may add over time, over and over again.
Julie Vos Jewelry
The first brand I decided to look into was Julie Vos. I like that her jewelry is substantial looking. I’m 5’8″ and generally like for my jewelry to take up a little real estate on my body. So I love the chunkiness of this brand’s jewelry.
Of course, the more substantial the jewelry, the more it weighs. So yes, the demi link necklace and hinge bangle shown above are not lightweight, but they’re not especially heavy either. I wear them with ease.
I would call the color of the Julie Vos jewelry an Aztec gold. It’s definitely brighter and more yellow than other gold pieces I have. But I think that makes it especially lovely for summer. And it really shows up so nicely against everything I wear it with.
So that I would have mix and match pieces that would work well for a variety of outfits and necklines, I started my Julie Vos collection with six interchangeable pieces:
- the Catalina gold link bracelet
- the Antonia hinge bangle
- the Catalina gold X stud earrings
- the fern delicate gold necklace
- the Palermo gold demi link necklace
- the fern wrap around ring
Notice my selections are from different Julie Vos collections. I did that intentionally so that they don’t look matchy-matchy when worn together. But they all go together beautifully.
You’ll also find more colorful pieces of Julie Vos jewelry, featuring beautiful bright gemstones. I’ll potentially add some of those later, but for now I’m very happy with my all gold collection. And I love the way these pieces mix with other jewelry I have, such as my Megara black agate necklace from Nordgreen (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off).
All Julie Vos jewelry is hand set in 24k gold plate over nickel-free brass, and it’s sealed to prevent tarnish. But they do suggest you keep your jewelry in the individual microfiber suede pouches each piece comes in.
Julie Vos jewelry is not inexpensive, but I received notification in the mail that they are beginning their Sample Sale with up to 60% off TODAY. I’ve never shopped this sale before, so I don’t really know how it works or how long inventory lasts. But it’s definitely worth checking out.
I’ve collected some of my favorite Julie Vos jewelry in the shopping widget below.
I’ve actually had several lovely pieces of delicate Gorjana jewelry in my collection for years. But recently they reached out to gift me a few pieces, too. Gorjana is known for their dainty necklaces and bracelets that can be easily layered and stacked for a very modern vibe.
Most Gorjana jewelry is available in silver and gold, and they do have a collection of fine jewelry, too. I’m considering purchasing a dainty piece of fine jewelry like this one, maybe for my birthday in February. I’ve selected some of my favorite fashion jewelry and fine jewelry from Gorjana below.
I had also been looking at and considering Lagos jewelry when they reached out to me recently. They generously sent me three pieces that I selected, and I then purchased a fourth.
“Founded by master jeweler Steven Lagos, the brand’s signature Caviar collections offer bold, feminine styles that encourage personal expression.” (source) I love that so much of their jewelry combines silver and gold so beautifully, enabling you to mix it with the other pieces in your jewelry collection easily.
One of the tricks to easily combining your silver and gold jewelry, in fact, is to wear at least one mixed metal piece that acts as a bridge between the two. These Lagos pieces work beautifully for that.
I intentionally selected pieces from Lagos that would mix and match well with other things in my personal jewelry collection. I selected the Caviar Color onyx pendant necklace because I wear a lot of black and thought this dainty but substantial pendant necklace would be a nice nod to that neutral in my wardrobe. But then I decided to purchase the white Caviar ceramic collar necklace to tie in nicely with my lighter summer outfits.
Above I’ve combined the Lagos white Caviar ceramic collar necklace with other pieces in my jewelry collection for a very summery look. And I’m wearing it below, tool
Really, this Lagos jewelry just goes with everything, from simple t-shirt and jeans to more elevated outfits.
I think this is a very nice little collection of Lagos jewelry for now. But I imagine I will add to it over time. Now I have a good jewelry brand to send my husband to when he wants to give me something nice for an anniversary or birthday.
Kendra Scott jewelry
But of course I continue to enjoy my Kendra Scott jewelry, too. I do think brands like Lagos and Julie Vos resonate with my personal style a little more. And they definitely lend a more elevated vibe to my outfits. But wearing some Kendra Scott jewelry is a good way to add a little youthfulness and joy to an outfit.
Evidently I haven’t taken close-up photos of it yet, but I recently purchased this multi strand necklace in teal abalone. Here’s a photo taken from an upcoming YouTube video. I also purchased this Jovie gold strand beaded necklace in variegated dark teal magnesite (not shown) to wear with it when I’m wearing more casual outfits.
Kendra Scott frequently runs decent sales and I love giving their jewelry as gifts. I’m sharing some of my favorites below, including some of their classics and their newer collection.
So those are some of the pieces I’m wearing currently and hope to enjoy for years. Thanks so much for dropping in today. I’m still on vacation, so I may not be able to respond to your comments or questions right away. But I always love to hear from you.
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