7 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman Should Own


Elena Kiam, creative director of the family-run jewelry company lia sophia, tells us which items are must-haves for a jewelry wardrobe.

1. Stud Earrings

Stud earrings don't have to be boring. You can wear them every day, and they serve as a backdrop for the rest of your jewelry. They're more of a finishing touch than anything else. Also, if you want to have a minimal or pared-down look, studs are great for that.

Example: Forever 21, $3.80; forever21.com.

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2. Cuff

This should be something substantial. Some women are afraid to wear cuffs because they feel they're too heavy or clunky. If you're not a fan of them, try a delicate bangle set so you get the same effect.

Example: Blu Bijoux, $46; maxandchloe.com.

3. Long Layering Necklace

The best thing about a long necklace is that you can throw it on over any other necklace you're already wearing and it instantly puts together your look.

Example: Lia Sophia, $68; liasophia.com.

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4. Short Necklace

A short necklace with a small charm or pendant is something you can wear every day and layer with. It should be on the delicate side so you can add other items to it, but substantial enough that you can wear it alone.

Example: Dogeared Jewels and Gifts, $68; dogeared.com.

5. Statement Necklace

An amazing necklace is a quick way to take your work outfit from day to night. Pair it with a little black dress or even jeans and a T-shirt, and it will still make a major impact on your outfit. It's also a great piece to travel with. You can bring one great piece that will do everything for you.

Example: Shoshanna, $99.75; qvc.com.

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6. Ring

Having a pop of color in your outfit is a great thing, and a big cocktail ring is such an easy way to do it. It doesn't even have to match! Bring a completely new color into your outfit with a ring.

Example: Kara Ackerman Designs, $55; karaackerman.com.

7. Hoops

Hoops are a timeless, modern and ageless essential. They're one of the few items that are as appropriate on a tween as on a 60-year-old.

Example: Lia Sophia, $68; liasophia.com.

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