Tips on Wearing Earrings With a Necklace

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Complementary earrings and necklace
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It is often hard to have matching sets of earrings and necklaces due to budget constraints or unavailability. This fact should not stop the fashion conscious woman from creating her own attractive sets. Many different jewelry styles are fashionable now and there are many different price ranges. No matter what your means, you can create a personal, stylish look with mixed sets of earrings and necklaces.

Outfit Considerations

Consider what occasion you will be wearing a necklace and earrings for. It is perfectly acceptable to wear a diamond pendant necklace during the day. Your choice of earrings to wear with the diamond necklace should be less formal than those you would wear to complement an evening gown or prom dress. For example, diamond stud earrings go nicely with a diamond necklace and pant suit, while diamond chandelier earrings complete the evening gown look.

Metal Considerations

Wear earrings made with the same base metal as the necklace you are wearing. If the necklace is made of mixed metals, you have more freedom to choose earrings of any one of those metals. A set of beads can be worn with earrings of any metal. Take special care with gold and gold-tone pieces that can often be different shades of gold. Be sure to wear earrings of the same hue as your gold necklace, otherwise they will detract from it.

Complementary Pieces

Wear earrings that complement the necklace you are wearing, not compete or clash with it. For example, if your necklace is bold and chunky, don’t wear bold, chunky earrings unless they are the same color and are made of the same metal. Chunky earrings of another color will compete with your necklace, not complement it. Proportion is also important. The earrings can have a different shape from the stones in your necklace, as long as they are approximately the same size.

Jewelry Styles

It is perfectly acceptable to mix costume earrings with a precious metal necklace, or vice verse, as long as the pieces complement each other. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to mix earrings from a different time period as the necklace you are wearing, as long as the colors and styles complement each other. A bold black and white enameled necklace from the 1980s would look wonderful with black and white geometric earrings from the Art Deco period of the 1920s.

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