How to build a capsule jewellery collection that’ll stay in style


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We all love adding touches of personality to our looks, and jewellery is one of the most popular ways of doing so. Accessories can add a new dimension to your outfit, and while it can be easy to load up on cheap, throwaway pieces to tick current trend boxes, it’ll pay to build a capsule jewellery collection of quality pieces that are stylish and can be worn repeatedly.

Not only will you save money in the long run by choosing a couple of core pieces to be worn on rotation, but you can also help protect the planet by reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Want to know more? Read on for our top tips for building a capsule jewellery collection you can cherish for years to come.

Simplicity and timelessness are key

The core focus of any capsule jewellery collection should be on curating a selection of simple pieces that are wearable for any occasion. And although one or two statement pieces are typically allowed, it’s important that you steer clear of trend-led pieces that will go quickly out of style.

Instead, you should be opting for timeless jewellery styles and gemstones. For example, diamonds are arguably one of the most versatile gems, so diamond jewellery will be ideal for your collection. As the diamond gemstone itself is so classic, there are no restrictions on the design you can choose: eternity, fancy, solitaire and trilogy styles will all be as wearable as each other.

Consider your personal style

Although your capsule jewellery collection should be as versatile as possible, it wouldn’t make much sense to invest in pieces that don’t fit in with your personal style. If you prefer contemporary jewellery, you’ll want to shop at jewellers that stock new jewellery that has modern influences woven in — just make sure that these aren’t too obviously trend-led.

On the other hand, if your style is more classic, you may benefit from shopping pre-owned or vintage jewellery collections where you can find unique pieces. This is a great way of discovering classic pieces that nobody else will have.

Pick durable metals

As well as being timeless in style, you’ll also need to make sure that the pieces you choose are durable and will last you years to come. In particular, this means picking strong, damage-resistant metals that’ll keep their original condition for as long as possible.

There are so many metals to choose from, and while the ones you choose will depend on your personal preference, it’ll pay to think of which will best suit your lifestyle. If you’re particularly busy or active, and like to wear jewellery often, then opting for platinum jewellery may be your best bet. It’s best known for its durability and tarnish-resistance, and looks great, too.

Gold is also a good choice for jewellery and will add a traditional touch to your collection — just remember that the lower the carats (and less pure the gold is), the more durable your gold jewellery will be. Plus, with yellow gold, white gold and rose gold widely available, you can add some variety to your capsule jewellery collection.

Silver jewellery is also a popular choice when combined with an alloy to create sterling silver, but as it tends to be the softest of the three, it may be best reserved for special occasions rather than daily wear.

Choose colours that match your clothing

If you want to make the most of your capsule jewellery collection, you’ll want to incorporate colours that go with your existing clothing. For example, if your best party outfits have hints of silver in them, you should be more inclined to choose your jewellery to match. Alternatively, if you’ve got a bit more of a colourful wardrobe, inviting emerald, ruby and sapphire gemstones into your jewellery box means you can create a sense of cohesion between your clothing and accessories.

If you’ve got a relatively plain wardrobe, filled with versatile whites, blacks and greys, you can afford to get a little more inventive with your capsule jewellery collection. These wearable shades mean that you can use your accessories to do the talking for you and break up any monotony in your daily outfits. For example, you can add a pop of colour to your all-black outfit with a stunning cocktail ring — more of this in the next section.  

Decide which types of jewellery to include

When you’re starting from scratch, it can be easy to get excited by the prospect of new pieces, but there’s no point in spending money on pieces that’ll never get worn and you wouldn’t typically choose. If you’re more into rings, you might want to pad out your collection with a couple of different ring styles rather than incorporating bracelets that you don’t wear as often. Similarly, if necklaces aren’t your thing, but you like adding smaller touches like brooches and badges to your outfits, then you can get away with adding a couple of options of the latter to your collection.

Whatever your style, just make sure you don’t overdo it. Your collection should consist of a maximum of 7 pieces, with the option to swap any of the following pieces out for things more your style:

  • A minimalist necklace: A plain curb chain would work well for this.
  • A traditional cocktail ring: These usually have a stunning gemstone as the centrepiece, like this blue topaz ring.
  • A timeless bangle: A torque bangle is beautiful, elegant and versatile.
  • A pair of simple earrings: A pair of stud earrings are among the most versatile pieces you can invest in. They look great with everything and as they’re so subtle, they can be worn when the dress code is more formal, too.
  • A statement necklace: Coloured stone necklaces can add a standout touch to any outfit, and you can even match these to colours in your clothing.
  • A classic ring: You can’t go wrong with a plain ring band, but adding a versatile solitaire diamond is just as effective.
  • A statement pair of earrings: Investing in statement earrings, like drop styles, will ensure you have something to wear when the dress code is a little more fancy.

Store and maintain your pieces properly

Once you’ve built your timeless collection, it’ll be important that you take the necessary steps to preserve and maintain the condition you bought them in. This will involve regularly cleaning them with gentle solutions that won’t rust the metal or damage the gemstones. In most cases, you can soak your jewellery in a solution of mild washing up liquid and warm water and dry it with a lint-free cloth, however all individual pieces will have their own care instructions so be sure to ask your jeweller or the manufacturer about these before you do it at home.

It’s also crucial to store any piece of jewellery in a padded box where it can’t be damaged or lost. It’s important that the storage area is free of moisture and isn’t too hot nor too cold as both can have an adverse effect on your jewellery’s quality. We also advise keeping all of your pieces separate wherever possible as this can reduce the chances of scratches or other cosmetic damage happening between items. 

A capsule jewellery collection doesn’t have to be boring. Take our tips on board and you’ll soon have a beautiful mix of sophisticated and statement pieces that you can wear again and again without getting bored.

Here at Ramsdens Jewellery, we stock extensive collections of new and pre-owned collections of jewellery, for both men and women. So, no matter what pieces you need for your capsule collection, we’re sure you’ll find them here.

Need advice? You will find plenty of inspiration in our jewellery and watch guides, including our comprehensive jewellery buying guide. Alternatively, you can contact us online or visit us at your nearest Ramsdens branch to speak to one of our expert team members. And, don’t forget to keep up with our blog for more information and recommendations.

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