Jewellery is one of those things that we barely think about; we plan our clothes for a day at the office, at home or for special occasions, but jewellery is the very last thing we think of.
There is so much available these days, from the very expensive gem-studded gold and silver items for sale in the jewellerâ€™s shop, to the cheapest pair of earrings from the local supermarket, and there is something to suit every occasion and, more importantly, every purse.
The little black dress can be worn with simple diamond studded earrings and a matching necklace, but will look equally stunning worn with something very elaborate in gold and precious stones, or something a little more understated in silver.
For more casual outfits and office wear, those same simple diamond studs can add an air of sophistication without being too flashy, but there is a huge range of really colourful eye-catching jewellery available which can be worn with most outfits. Everywhere you see jewellery on sale you will find very different styles, from heavy ethnic items which look great with bohemian clothes but can also be worn with a simple white t-shirt and jeans, to delicate necklaces and bracelets with coloured stones, which look every bit as good as their precious counterparts. I think jewellery should always be worn, even if you are planning a lazy day at home â€“ it always adds that little extra fizz to an outfit and shows that you take care of the smallest detail.
Jewellery can transform almost any outfit and these days there is a huge variety to choose from. One of the best things about the jewellery available in the shops today is that you donâ€™t need to spend a lot of money to purchase something that will not only enhance an outfit, but will also make you feel good wearing it.
For special occasions such as weddings, dinner parties or evenings at the theatre, you can choose to wear expensive items if you can afford them, but you can also buy cheaper pieces which look just as good. Â Many people own expensive or antique jewellery but are afraid to wear it in case they lose it, and it is possible to have copies made which look as good as the real thing. The materials used for cheaper jewellery nowadays are of excellent quality.
A lot of women own some jewellery of high value and love an occasion to show it off. Itâ€™s sad when something precious spends most of its time hidden away in a jewellery box or a safety deposit box. I think it should be worn whenever the opportunity presents itself and not just for that very special occasion.
These days jewellery is sold in a lot of different retail stores. I have seen earrings retailing in a supermarket at Â£1.50 for five pairs of differently-coloured mock diamond studs and I would challenge anyone to be absolutely sure they could tell the difference between them or those available from a bespoke jeweller. Of course, for something special, or as a gift to a loved one, thereâ€™s no better place to buy than a jewellerâ€™s shop, but, when funds are limited, try your local boutique or even the supermarket. You are sure to find something within your price range.Â The good thing about buying cheaper low-value jewellery is that, even if you are on a very limited income, you can still own some pieces which will make even your simplest outfit look great. The real bonus is that you wonâ€™t have to insure them or panic when you lose any of them
Jewellery is an essential part of a womenâ€™s wardrobe; a favourite piece it can become her â€˜signatureâ€™ in the same way that perfume can and there is nothing more rewarding, when getting dressed up in your best outfit, than adding that final touch knowing that you have done justice to the clothes and to yourself.Â Jewellery, however much or little it costs, really does add sparkle to an outfit.