Blogger's Picks: Minimal Gold Jewelry

The statement necklace trend has been going strong for a while now, but as I transition to a more neutral style, I've passed down all of my statement pieces and moved on to the next big trend: minimal gold jewelry. (Sorry friends, my little sister gets first dibs and she's taken everything...)

What exactly do I consider "minimal gold jewelry"? Besides being, well, gold, the piece is tastefully structured in such a way that doesn't distract from the entire outfit, but rather enhances it. Jewelry is used to accent and compliment your outfit. While the idea behind the statement necklace was to add a pop of color or shiny-sparkly to your otherwise black and/or white or solid other color outfit, simple gold pieces streamline your outfit and highlights underrated beauty in your wrists and neckline. Again, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying statement necklaces are completely out and tacky - they're just a different style, one I'm switching out of. Recent inspiration from Montrose Shop, urbankoi, Upperlyne, and others lead me to fall in love with pairing basics and gold jewelry.

So where can you find 'minimal' gold jewelry? Just about anywhere, as long as you know what you're looking for. The most ideal would be to buy solid gold pieces, so they really become investment pieces, assets and last you literally a lifetime. But alas, on a college budget, we can only really look at gold plated, gold filled, or gold painted pieces. Here are a few of my favorite finds online, and I've ordered them from lowest to highest prices ($10's-$300's) for easy navigation. (Which, by the way, also somewhat indicates lowest to highest craftsmanship. Brandy Pham is a NYC based designer, and her pieces are all hand made in NYC and hand packaged by her with care!)

For those of you who don't know, the key to saving your gold painted jewelry is clear nail polish (top coat is better than base coat, fyi.) Just paint a thin layer on the inside of your ring or cuff/bracelet to keep your finger from eventually turning green! My rings usually scratch more easily than my bracelets because I work with my hands a lot, so if you're really up for it, you could cover your entire ring with polish. Just be aware that you could very easily trap air bubbles in the coating, and ruin the look of the ring.

(Also, Madewell is having a 30% off sale right now!)










































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