How to Find Your Signature Piece of Jewellery
Whether it’s a family heirloom, or your engagement ring, there is something so special about having a signature jewellery piece that you hold near and dear to your heart. If you wear it everyday, or just use it to complete the most special of outfits, a recognisable piece that is just “so you” is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe. But among all the beautiful baubles that flow in and out of style every season, it can be difficult to discriminate and find a piece that feels truly speaks to your personal style.
Searching for that perfect piece is no easy feat, and it’s one that takes a lot of time and patience. To make things a little easier, we turned to jewellery designer Claire Aristides for some sage advice. To find out everything from which jewels make perfect signature pieces to how to care for your item once you do find it, keep scrolling to read the full interview. And if you’re feeling inspired, take a look at some of our picks below; you might just find the one.
What makes a ‘signature’ piece of jewellery?
A signature piece when designing is often your hero piece. It can also be the piece that started your inspiration: A “where it all began” item. As a designer, the first concept or idea you had that comes to life is so deeply connected to you.
What pieces do you like as a signature piece?
For me, a statement pair of diamond hoop style earrings is a must. They are day-to-night essentials. I live in diamond hoops, so for me they are my signature. Another great signature piece is a diamond tennis bracelet. It's an investment piece to treasure.
How can you find your signature piece of jewellery?
Jewellery is incredibly personal. That’s why you love it so much: It tells a story and often reflects where you are in life. So, because of that, I do think your signature piece will change and evolve over time. I wear my children’s initials on a necklace, and my hoops have their initials on diamond charms too! But when I got married, I was obsessed with my engagement ring and wedding ring.
What are some general care rules you recommend for upkeep of signature pieces you wear every day?
Jewellery care is just that: Caring for your jewels. I’m a firm believer in investment jewels, so it’s important to look after them. Fine jewellery is delicate, so care for your beautiful treasures. For your engagement and wedding rings, I recommend checking the claws about every 12 to 18 months. For general maintenance, I recommend warm soapy water and a cotton bud to clean your pieces. Store your jewels in a jewellery case so chains don’t tangle.
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