The Five Essential Pieces Everyone Needs in Their Jewelry Collection

It’s one of our most frequently asked questions: what pieces should I buy to build my jewelry collection?

When narrowing down our desert island jewelry picks, we went with styles that can be worn multiple ways and every day.  These pieces can easily be layered with statement styles for a look that’s a bit more bold, and they look beautiful on their own for a classic and minimal vibe. Most importantly, any of these pieces can be dressed up down, whether you’re pairing them with a worn in vintage band tee or your most flattering little black dress.  Read on for the five pieces everyone should have in their jewelry collection.

Capsule Jewelry Collection Must-Have #1: A Chain Necklace

Shop the Look: Knot Necklace, Gold Lady Necklace, Solid Gold Simple Glimmer Chain

If you think a simple chain is boring, then you haven’t found the right one.  This staple jewelry piece is a classic for a reason: it goes with absolutely everything, and it doesn’t distract from or clash with your clothing.  For a necklace that you can leave on always (including during your workout, shower, and sleep cycle) we love an ultra shimmery solid gold option.  For something a bit more bold but just as versatile, a thicker herringbone chain is a must have.  And if you want something that doesn’t have a pendant or charm but still has a bit more going on than a classic chain, a knot necklace is the best of both worlds.  And don’t forget your layers!  Any gold chain is a fool proof piece to stack with your other favorite necklaces.

Capsule Jewelry Collection Must-Have #2: Everyday Studs 

Shop the Look: Solid Gold Diamond Studs, Solid Gold Essential Zodiac Studs, Blue Opal and Diamond Dainty Daisy Studs 

 Who doesn’t love a stud? They’re low maintenance, comfortable, and oh so classic.  If you have multiple piercings, they’re an absolute must have as your go-to piece to complete any ear stack.  You can sleep soundly knowing that your favorite dinty studs will never go out of style, so why not splurge on what we’d consider the most quintessential jewelry piece of all time: diamond studs.  If sparkle isn’t really your thing, make it personal with solid gold zodiac studs (*pro tip: these look amazing when worn asymmetrically with two different signs).   And if you like something that’s dainty enough to wear with anything but has a bit more personality, we love a floral inspired stud with eye catching opal.

Capsule Jewelry Collection Must-Have #3: Huggie Earrings

Shop the Look: Solid Gold Simple Huggie Hoops, Dallas Mini Huggie Earrings, Emerald Pave Huggies

We’re a bit huggie obsessed here at Local Eclectic, and can you blame us!?  This style is the perfect balance between a classic hoop and a simple stud.  They’re small enough to go with anything (plus ultra comfortable to wear) while still providing that extra bit of visual interest that won’t go unnoticed.  Because we believe that everyone should own a classic gold huggie, we highly recommend this solid gold pair that will last forever.  If sparkle is more your thing, this CZ studded pair is a great balance between classic and glam.  And if you’re looking for something with a little bit of color that will still go with any outfit, these huggies with a pop of emerald green are a safe and beautiful bet (personally, we consider emerald a neutral anyway).

Capsule Jewelry Collection Must-Have #4: Stacking Rings

Shop the Look: Solid Gold Simple Pave Diamond Band, Simple Star Set Diamond Band, Eva Ring

Picking an essential ring was tricky.  We love them all, and we’re of the opinion that even the most bold statement ring can be worn every day.  So when narrowing down our options, we wanted to go with something that’s beautiful on its own but can also work as a stacking ring with multiple different ring shapes.  The obvious choice?  A simple band.  It’s the kind of piece you’ll be able to wear forever, and it’s the ideal shape to pair with your other favorite rings.  A solid gold diamond pave band is the kind of piece you’ll never get sick of, and it makes the most perfect heirloom.  If you want something a bit chunkier, we’re obsessed with this star set diamond band that’s been a best seller for years (and it comes in silver too!).  And if you want something a bit more modern, this band with an open design and flowing shape is unique while remaining dainty enough for every day. 

Capsule Jewelry Collection Must-Have #5: A Pendant Necklace

Shop the Look: Zodiac Mother of Pearl Coin Necklace, 10K Solid Gold Star Pendent with Diamond, Crescent Moon Necklace with Opal and CZ

It doesn’t get more classic than a pendant necklace.  This style has been a staple for hundreds of years, and for good reason.  It’s the perfect piece to wear solo, and the designs are so varied that there’s a pendant necklace to fit any style.  For ease of wear, we think everyone should own a solid gold pendant necklace that you never have to take off.  This diamond studded star style is the perfect size, and who doesn’t love a piece of diamond jewelry?  For something personalized, we love a zodiac necklace, and this one that features ultra glowy mother of pearl has the perfect hint of statement while remaining dainty in size.  If you’re not into the traditional rounded coin like pendant, opt for a different shape like this mini crescent moon.

Find the perfect pieces to build your jewelry collection in our best sellers collection!