five classic pieces of jewelry every woman should own

  1. Carol says:

    The photo of you in the houndstooth baseball jacket with your head ducked just so is very reminiscent of Princess Diana. It’s a similar look in wardrobe and a similar pose.

  2. Linda Bell says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more when speaking of pearls! I never had a daughter, but I’m blessed with two granddaughters who will inherit my mother’s pearl and diamonds. I think there is a lot of sentiment connected to jewelry for me.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Love the pearls with the VOTE shirt! Significant for me.

  4. Terry says:

    Beth, what is your opinion on when/with what to wear a black or white watch face? Thank you for this jewelry list.

  5. Andrea says:

    Excellent post, Beth.

    Several of my friends love to wear different costume jewelry daily, tease me saying they can’t afford fine jewelry. All roads lead to Rome, but they probably spend more than I do. I have allergies so gold/sterling silver are my only choices for all except watches.

    Like yourself, my favourite pieces are family treasures. Heirlooms don’t have to look stodgy, if they are classic pieces they will stand the test of time.

    I have a delicate diamond/gold Longines Wittnaurer that is 50 yrs old, for formal wear, but my go to is a silver/gold Citizen eco-drive, same style as the Bulova shown above. The heavy design gives a real edge, as you say, to almost any outfit. The third is a Skagen from Denmark in a gold mesh. All are durable, well made, reliable – lots of compliments.

    Nothing wrong with costume jewelry for budgets – all roads.

  6. Rosie says:

    Love the bling!

  7. Susan says:

    A saleswoman at Talbots in Boston gave me some good advice a few years ago. She quoted Coco Chanel as saying that when a woman gets to a certain age, the color white next to her face is flattering. I find that in my case, pearls achieve this effect. Thanks for the interesting post.

  8. Robin says:

    As soon as I saw this post, I was excited to read it! I am approximately your age and am anxious to be (appropriately) well dressed, and to see if I needed a new piece of “classic jewelry”. I am happy to say that I do have a piece of each suggested items. The best news is that you have now encouraged me to be using them in this Covid time. Most of my friends are now finding humor in “dressing up” to go to the grocery store—which is our big outing of the week! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  9. Joanie says:

    I simply love your column. When I’m feeling down, your ideas perk me up and I try to stay a “happy and hip” 65 year old! Thank you!

  10. Sarah says:

    I was so pleased to see that a watch made the cut for this post. I’d stopped wearing one when it became common to check your phone for the time. I missed this accessory and decided to include it, once again in my daily routine. My reasons…besides looking polished? One less time you have to pull your phone out and…a daily reminder that time does not stand still. I gifted one to my daughter with a note stating the above. I have yet to see her without it.

  11. tina says:

    Love your posts Beth. Pearls are lovely I was given a baroque black/ peacock strand for our 35th anniversary and they look stunning have had so many compliments. Don’t have to just go with white. Much love and best wishes from New Zealand

  12. I loved your article about the timeless jewelry items! I must say, I do own them all. You are a lucky lady to have someone who has provided the best for you to enjoy.

    I feel the Rolex two tone should be added to your list, or better yet, the ladies President! It’s been around for so many years with the design never really changing.

    I am a custom jewelry designer and have many items on my website I think you’d love. I use only genuine gemstones and precious metals. My prices are very reasonable, usually less than costume jewelry.

  13. Lindsey A says:

    Love and own all of these. We’ve been spending so much of the pandemic time at our vacation home that I’ve kinda just permanently hidden my jewellery box at home in case of a break-in. Just kept out a few pieces that go with everything – you guessed it – monogrammed gold bracelet, simple pearl drops, diamond studs, couple of simple chain necklaces. Oh how I miss having my wider selection though! But the box is big and heavy, and I get so paranoid about dropping it and having jewellery flying all over the floor and getting lost that I’m just leaving it where it is for the foreseeable future.

    Much of my jewellery is sentimental too – eg, various garnet pieces as mothers day gifts (my daughter is 8 today and so they’re her birthstone), beautiful antique watch from my parents for my 18th, super long strand of pearls from girlfriends for my 30th. I’m lucky that my husband is a big fan of fine jewellery, understands my (good, if I say so myself) taste, and also great at finding some amazing deals!

  14. Mila says:

    Classy and gorgeous , always in style regardless 👏👏👏

  15. Cindy Woods says:

    I loved this post. And you included so many different price points, which I appreciated. The Fleur-de-lis necklace is very pretty; I think I will gift one to my daughter and daughter-in-law for Christmas 2021. Your beauty and fashion advice is top notch.

  16. Teabag says:

    This is one of my most favorite of your posts ever and I have been following you a long time! I agree with your recommendations and have all of them. Love pearls, diamonds, and yellow gold! 🤗

  17. Mary says:

    I really like the ivory blouse and jacket worn with jeans and pearls in the first picture on this post. There are links to the jewelry but not the clothing. Could you share please where the blouse could be purchased? Enjoy all your posts – thank you

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