These six go-to pieces are the fine-jewelry equivalent of jeans and T-shirts: totally timeless. Here's how we wear them in fresh, new ways—plus a few suggestions from super-stylist Kate Young.
Think of this as a personal signature, like perfume. Young's one caveat: "Remove it when you put on a gown."
Diamond and 18kt gold, Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., $3,260; at Tiffany & Co., 800-843-3269.
A slender bangle elevates any ensemble, especially when stacked or worn in pairs on opposite wrists.
Pavé diamond and 18kt gold, Tacori, $2,290; tacori.com.
Nothing adds interest to hands like a careful assortment of thin stacking rings. For a truly unique feel, mix old, inherited pieces with new ones, Young advises.
14kt gold, Catbird, $44 each; catbirdnyc.com.
While grand anytime, Young loves these especially as a subtle accent for evening with a large bracelet or ring. "Just so the ear isn't bare."
Diamond and 18kt white gold, Finn, $2,165; finnjewelry.com.
Avoid a matronly vibe by working edgier elements, like a moto jacket, into your outfit.
Freshwater cultured pearl and 14kt gold, Honora; $175; honora.com.
Fly-girl big is fun, but moderate is more versatile. "They look good with either a casual ponytail or a fancy going-out dress," says Young.
18kt gold, Marco Bicego, $855; marcobicego.com.