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How You Can Get Away with Wearing Fine Jewelry Every Day

Because jewelry isn’t meant to be locked up in a vault.
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There’s something hypnotic about jewelry, and it’s something that anyone can relate to. Dazzling diamonds set against the hard shine of metal, gemstones in brilliant colors like jewels from a rainbow, all masterfully designed with a trained eye—such details are enough to make any woman swoon. Although these wondrous crafted pieces are typically locked up in a vault for safekeeping (as they should), it shouldn’t escape one’s mind to consider wearing them on a daily basis. Before you count this as total chatter, hear us out: This can be done with the right tips and tricks, and of course, the right taste in jewelry. 

To be discerning when selecting jewelry designs is tantamount to building a repertoire that will not only look good today but will be classic for generations to come. There are many designs on the market, but don’t be overwhelmed. Thankfully, geniuses such as long-time fine jewelry designer Paul Syjuco have the taste for luxury that will appeal to the most discerning of palates. He recently showcased his latest collection, titled Cristal, which was inspired by the crystalline structures of a gemstone’s natural state. The 80 pieces are luminous confections that marry classic style with the contemporary in a wearable way. They serve as the perfect everyday jewelry selection.

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As the wise Elizabeth Taylor once said, “I love to be casual and comfortable, but I also love the easy glamour of wearing jewelry all the time.” So go ahead and adorn yourself with fine jewelry on a daily basis. Here’s how you could effortlessly get away with it:

TIP 1: Keep it simple.

In recent years, “modern” fine jewelry has come in the form of bombastic renditions in gargantuan sizes, bold colors, and even lopsided shapes. Designers seem to go by the “more is more” mantra. While this may be perfect to make a statement on formal occasions, we reckon that it’s best to stick to simpler designs for everyday use. In fact, this Cristal collection deviates from Paul Syjuco’s art deco pieces that he is known for.

”It’s all about going back to the gems because the previous ones were art deco, art nouveau, very bold design paradigms. Now, it’s not even that. It’s just an idea of lightness, of purity, of wearability. Very positive energy,” Syjuco shared with T&C. Such a sensibility is especially captured by the fringe diamond earrings below, a subtle version of the ‘20s style.

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Diamond Cluster earrings
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.
Fringe earrings in aquamarines white sapphires and diamonds
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.
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TIP 2: Go easy on the color.

Although the fall 2019 jewelry trends totally eschew scrimping on colors, it’s best to stick to safe choices that could easily go with any outfit. Take the rings below for example—the pink sapphires and tsavorite as centerpieces are bold yet not over the top. Or what about the cluster of sunny-hued orange sapphire earrings? They could easily punctuate an otherwise dull outfit.

Ring of pink sapphire and tsavorite with diamonds in white gold
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.
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Citrine, orange sapphire and natural fancy colored diamond earrings
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.

TIP 3: Stick to classics.

Remember that fine jewelry pieces aren’t just for use today. These will most likely be heirlooms you will pass on to your children, and perhaps to succeeding generations thereafter. That’s why it’s important to select pieces that will not only look lovely at present but will stand the test of time.

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Jackie Kennedy once said, “Pearls are always appropriate.” And she was right. Aside from the timeless brilliance of diamonds in all shapes and sizes, pearls conjure the same effect as well. Here, Paul Syjuco’s Tahitian pearl design makes a case for what can be called “new classics.” The pearl’s gray color and spherical beauty are accented by a drop of kunzite briolette. The designer shares that his designs are results of his own ideas—not trends—to retain that timeless appeal.

Fragment earrings in Zambian emeralds and diamonds
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.
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Silver Tahitian Pearl and kunzite briolette necklace in rose gold
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.

TIP 4: Think of versatility.

Some designs may be clean and simple, but that doesn’t mean that they immediately suit your style. For example, a pair of teardrop ruby earrings may be beautiful to look at, but is red really your color? Always imagine yourself wearing the piece before purchasing it, and think of the many outfits you could pair it with. Jewelry shouldn’t limit your outfit choices but simply complement your everyday style.

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“Jewelry is like the perfect spice, it always complements what is already there. - Diane von Furstenberg”

Earrings in aquamarine and kunzite
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.

TIP 5: Be subtle. Don’t pile on too much.

Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, when it comes to everyday fine jewelry, one tenet is to wear your pieces discreetly (because it’s not cool to flaunt). Thus, if you’re the type who wears more than one accessory on a daily basis, such as a necklace, bracelet, wristwatch, earrings, and a ring, make sure that their respective designs don’t attempt to outdo each other. Everything should be subtle yet cohesive.

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The safest bet is to choose one dazzling piece of fine jewelry and have the rest of your accessories be low-key. Case in point: Paul Syjuco’s diamond hoop earrings are pretty bold, so you could balance the look with other minimal pieces.

Diamond lobe hoop earring
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.
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TIP 6: If you’re uncertain about everything you’ve put on, follow Chanel’s advice.

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory. - Coco Chanel”

Should you find yourself doubting the acceptability of your jewelry choices before heading out the door, then simply heed Chanel’s advice by removing one item. Perhaps it’s best to remove the most audacious piece to turn down the outfit’s bling factor, or stick to just one main piece.

The sleek, stackable diamond bracelets, as seen below, are a fine way to subtly pile on the high jewelry without feeling too extravagant. One could also opt to adorn the neck and décolletage with the kunzite aquamarine and diamond necklace, the perfect accessory for those last-minute soirees.

Stackable diamond fragment bracelets
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.
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Kunzite aquamarine and diamond Y necklace
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.

TIP 7: Make sure it’s appropriate.

At the end of the day, the circumstances will always dictate your outfit, no matter how beautiful and wearable your jewelry is. If you’re traveling abroad, it’s best not to bring your precious pieces with you because you’ll risk losing them. Likewise, if you’re simply doing errands like running from the grocery store or picking up your child at school, or doing active things like working out, then perhaps you could skip the jewelry altogether. But then again... that’s what the tennis bracelet is for.

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Tennis bracelet in fancy-shaped white diamonds
Photo by PAUL SYJUCO.

The Cristal Collection will be available at Aum by Paul Syjuco boutiques in The Peninsula Manila (call or text 0905.2192948) on October 8 to 12, 2019 and TriNoma (call or text 0927.6603247) on October 15 to 19, 2019. For inquiries or appointments, you may also email [email protected]

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