Many jokes and memes have been created over the notion of work-from-home dressing, and we all can relate to early memories of our fashion and beauty strategies while attending an online meeting as though it were any other workday. If decisions about whether to wear makeup, throwing your hair into a loose ponytail, or how yoga pants might be paired with something that reads “office-appropriate” sound familiar, you fit squarely in the group that’s been evolving the concept of a WFH wardrobe.
That idea extends to accessories as well, and as with so many aspects of popular culture, celebrities are playing an integral role in driving dressing trends. The August 30 MTV Video Music Awards and the September 20 Emmy Awards both became virtual ceremonies in light of COVID-19’s impact on public and private events, but they also sent a strong signal about dressing in these times: There are no rules. Where what makes you happy. From Doja Cat’s plethora of diamonds, rubies and fire opals at the VMAs to the 40-carat diamond hoop earrings Amy Adams wore to the Emmys, both awards ceremonies made statement jewelry feel fresh again.
With that in mind, we’re looking at essential jewelry for fall – timeless, classic pieces that also happens to be perfect for that next Zoom meeting. If your workday image is rooted in how to look fabulous from the waist up, here are the tips on sparkle you need.
A pair of hoops solve every problem: Few pieces of jewelry are a better combination of classic design and instant glamour than the hoop earring. Just ask Tracee Ellis Ross, a devotee of the style: “Big, fat, small, round, drooping, oversized, hugging, encrusted – I love a hoop!” she declared on a pre-pandemic red carpet.
From budget-conscious choices to investment pieces, the Black-ish actress is indeed correct that there’s a hoop for every ear and occasion. John Hardy offers some of the season’s best, from the on-trend mix of sterling silver and 18-karat gold to sleek bamboo hoops accented with Swiss blue topaz, honey citrine or black chalcedony. Swarovski’s sizeable hoops, meanwhile, are plated in platinum-like ruthenium that protects from both oxidation and scratches, then embellished with a flurry of miniature Austrian crystals for the right touch of sparkle.
Salvini, the upscale jewelry label owned by iconic Italian brand Damiani, offers a nice balance of ultra-classic and on-trend designs, from diminutive diamond hoops that hug the ear to more runway-worthy designs in 18-karat rose and white gold, also accented with diamonds. In his fine-jewelry collection, John Hardy also ups the ante on his signature mix of metals, crafted a pair of sculptured hoop earrings in sterling silver, and then studding them in ultra-luxe 24-karat gold.
Flash a statement ring: How do you excel in a Zoom meeting? Start by being a little more animated while you’re speaking – if you’ve ever experienced a screenful of glum faces looking back at you, it’s easy to understand why your upbeat personality could be the hit of a virtual meet-up. A few statement rings on your fingers, meanwhile, add to that moment of sparkle, and are an easy way to inspire envious thoughts that you’ve upped your style game, even while working from home.
Roberto Coin’s popular Carnaby Street collection includes a variety of statement rings, including those featuring one of the season’s hottest stones: malachite, set in 18-karate rose gold. For those who love a bold gemstone, Damiani’s three-stone ring features a trio of aquamarine baguette-cut stones set in 18-karat white and rose gold. Speaking of bold color, Fred of Paris combines beautiful hues with the modernity of matte gold in its Belles Rives rings, with slices of London blue topaz or red rhodochrosite among the choices. And from Assael, the handcraft-driven brand founded in Italy in the 1920s, one statement ring features the gemstone making a serious comeback this season: a single oversized South Sea pearl, placed atop a sculptural-meets-contemporary setting of 18-karat yellow gold.
Go for the strong pendant: If a crisp white button-down shirt communicates the duality of classic chic and professional style, don’t forget the perfect finishing touch, a pendant necklace that peeks out from beneath the shirt collar, proving that you think about the details.
Affordable styles include Swarovski’s locket, plated in 18-karat rose gold and richly embellished in pink crystals, of the brand’s rhodium-plated crystal dragon that slithers around a gold-plated disk. Among fine-jewelry options, pearls likewise are widely available, including the chic simplicity of the single white cultured pearl that adorns a Salvini necklace in 18-karat white gold.
Among fashion-forward designs, Damiani has crafted a stunning chandelier pendant (another trend) in 18-karat rose gold and accented with brown diamonds, while the oval pendant on Ippolita’s Rock Candy necklace features an eye-catching tonal mix of white moonstone, blue topaz and clear quartz over mother of pearl, all set in 18-karat yellow gold. Mimi Milano, meanwhile, also was inspired by chandelier styling to create pendants in white or London blue topaz, with the gemstones on each dangling from an infinity symbol. As the latter is a figure that conveys an idea of limitless possibility, you couldn’t ask for a better signal to send through your personal style.