High end to low budget

You can’t help but have fun shopping for accessories – jewelry always fits! But there is a danger in buying (and wearing) too much bling, especially if you’ve got expensive tastes. Follow the jewelry rules below to make sure your outfits are perfectly accented for every occasion.

Jewelry Shopping

Fine jewelry pieces, such as gold jewelry, silver jewelry and particularly titanium jewelry, can be difficult to find for those with smaller budgets. If you’re not happy with what you’re finding in your local jewelry store or department store, look to the Internet to find greater variety in pieces – and most certainly better bargains.

Many online retailers can sell wholesale jewelry and pass their overhead savings on to you. This is a great way to find bridal jewelry or opportunities to create custom jewelry. Just be sure to investigate any retailer you use. Look for sites with longstanding reputations for good service and quality merchandise, backed up by client testimony.

Finding Great Jewelers

Just like you would never let a sketchy doctor operate on you, you shouldn't buy jewelry from a jeweler who you don't feel comfortable with. Ask questions before you buy any kind of jewelry, be it expensive luxury watches or wedding bands, or cheaper items like pins or pendants. If you don't feel like you're getting great service, move on to another store.

Your Sense of Jewelry Timing

There aren’t a lot of jewelry rules out there, beyond using your own good taste. You should keep in mind though, that your accessories are there to complement your outfit, not overwhelm it. If you’ve got a fabulous black cocktail dress, try a modest sparkling diamond necklace (if your budget affords) or lower-budget gemstone costume jewelry.

If you’re looking for glam over elegant, don’t be afraid of bolder jewelry choices. For example, chunky turquoise jewelry or silver Celtic jewelry pieces are perfect for adding character to your outfit. Multiple pieces of jewelry are great but try putting the emphasis on one area. For example, if you’re going for several strands around the neck, keep your earrings and bracelets simple or skip them altogether.

The final jewelry rule is to have fun with your accessories. Look for pieces you love that will show off your unique style, and don’t be afraid to bargain hunt!