How to get the most out of your jewellery

Make smarter decisions with your jewellery by swapping out cheap fashion accessories for timeless investment pieces

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These days we're surrounded by fast fashion. And while bagging a bargain is always tempting, cheap clothes are increasingly getting a bad rep when it comes to the environment. Stacy Dooley’s BBC Three documentary, Fashion’s Dirty Secret, revealed a long list of staggering statistics: ‘Globally, we’re producing over 100 billion new garments from new fibres every single year,’ explained eco-expert Lucy Seigle, ‘and the planet cannot sustain that.’

The fashion jewellery we buy also has an impact on the environment. With stacking rings, layered necklaces and curated ears forming this season’s most coveted trends, more is more when it comes to the number of pieces we’re buying and wearing. But rather than opting for jewellery made from environmentally-unfriendly plastics and cheap metals that will inevitably end up as landfill, investing in premium pieces will elevate your entire wardrobe for years to come. Here are some more pointers on how to make your future jewellery choices work for you…

"Wearing jewellery is transforming - through its shine and sparkle" - Rita Ora, ambassador for Thomas Sabo

YOUR FASHION SENSE

Unless you’re living in a nudist colony, you’ll be wearing clothes with your jewellery. So, when finding the right pieces to invest in, consider your usual clothing style. For example, if you always wear V-neck tops, you’ll want to invest in more necklaces. And if you never wear sandals, a toe ring might not be a good idea after all.

For practicality and jewellery styles that can be worn on a daily basis to work, consider solid bracelets or earrings instead of flashy accessories. Ornate jewellery clashes with busy prints and diamonds go with everything – after all, they are a girl’s best friend.

LAYER PIECES

Layering means you can get creative with your style. Mix and match your favourite pieces to change up your outfit, so that you don’t feel like you’re wearing the same look every time.

Try layering up stacking rings, necklaces and bracelets. And as it’s summer, why not also try layering body jewellery over your bikini for a glamorous beach look?

RESEARCH MATERIALS

Cheap metals can affect your skin, from turning it green to giving you an allergic reaction. When it comes to fine jewellery, silver, gold, white gold and platinum are the most commonly used materials. But taking a little time to ask about what your jewellery is made from when buying an investment piece will save you disappointment in the long run, as some brands charge high-end prices for low-end products. Sometimes you’re paying for the name rather than the quality of the jewellery itself.

Thomas Sabo Bangle Love Cuff, £149
Thomas Sabo Bangle Love Cuff, £149
Links of London Rose Gold Bar Necklace, £120
Links of London Rose Gold Bar Necklace, £120
Swarovski Penélope Cruz Moonsun Ring, £259
Swarovski Penélope Cruz Moonsun Ring, £259
Pandora Chunky Hoop Earring, £115
Pandora Chunky Hoop Earring, £115

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