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Accessorizing Using A Fashion Designer’s Secrets

Long recognized as a leader in apparel design, Catherine Andreozzi’s collections have been exhibited all over the world. She also heads the Apparel Design Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. “For me, jewelry is a way to express one’s individuality,” she explains. “It’s fun to mix and match pieces in new, unexpected ways.”

Find out just how easy it is to look polished and put-together — without spending a fortune. Andreozzi offers her jewelry styling tips.

The Rules Don’t Apply

Break the rules by layering unusual necklaces together. “There is something so cool about pairing a traditional pearl necklace with a modern a leather one,” explains Catherine. Her personal style tip: layer two or three different types of necklaces on top of each other. According to Catherine, “you can mix and match just about anything.” Consider this unusual combo: a chunky baroque pearl necklace, a vibrant turquoise bead necklace and a leather collar. She also suggests knotting two pearl necklaces together. “The look is really amazing.” Add a pair of long turquoise teardrop earrings to tie it all together.

Glam Organic

Long strands of pearls and big bold earrings work with a simple white shirt and jeans or a beautiful summer dress. Catherine’s personal style tips: layer pearl necklaces of different lengths, colors and textures; finish off with one (or two) big pearl rings. For a distinctive look, wrap a baroque pearl necklace around the wrist and wear as a bracelet. It’s an easy way incorporate individual style.

Twist and Shout

“Mix a variety of single-strand pearls together.” Modern elegance is all about mixing a variety of single-strand pearls together. What works: gray pearls, floral accents and swingy pearl tassels. Catherine’s personal style tip: “Twist, braid and mix gold and silver with different colored pearl jewelry,” advises Catherine. “You can easily replicate a “Chanel-like” look by layering opalescent pearls with lariat chains and colored pearls. As Catherine points out, “A little bit of Chanel is fun for everybody.” Stylish options include gray pearl necklaces and lariat necklaces with tassels.

It All Meshes Together

Mesh is one of the most versatile materials in jewelry today. These standout pieces are incredibly light yet look quite substantial. Catherine’s personal style tips: wear a mesh necklace as a headband — it’s fresh and unexpected. Try an Italian sterling silver mesh necklace with a fluid drape that stretches easily and is soft to the touch. Finish off the look with CZ or diamond hoop earrings and a stack of sterling silver or white gold bangles.

Day-to-Evening Magic

Gemstone necklaces go effortlessly from day-to-night. Catherine’s personal style tip: layer necklaces in different lengths. Remember to “mix and match, tangle and cluster.” When in doubt, Catherine suggests keeping it simple. Pair a green agate necklace with an amethyst bead station necklace and add an amethyst cocktail ring just for fun. The vibrant green and purple hues make any outfit “pop.”

Catherine concludes, “Accessorizing with jewelry is a great way to express your individuality. Sometimes you may want to make a dramatic statement; other times you may decide to keep it simple. The key is to experiment and have fun.”

How to match jewelry and hair color

Hair color and jewelry are unlikely allies. Although it is often overlooked, hair color is a large part of a person’s overall appearance. As such, it is important to consider your hair color when choosing outfits, hats and especially jewelry. Because hair and jewelry share the same space on the face, it is critical that they co-exist in harmony. Even beyond that, it’s important that they complement one another. There are countless guides for matching skin color with jewelry and outfits with accessories, but very few address the importance of hair color. To enhance your overall ensemble and create a cohesive look that flatters, follow the simple guide below.

1)      Blonde

For blonde-haired beauties, the possibilities are endless. Most colors look great with fair hair because it is versatile and not too imposing. However, there are some colors that especially stun. Blue hued gemstones like sapphire and blue topaz look breathtaking with blonde hair because they serve as a subtle contrast against the lightness of the locks. Greens look great as well. If you’re feeling bold, opt for orange gemstones that will create a healthy glow when contrasted with fair skin and hair.

2)      Red

For fiery redheads, the jewelry colors that look best are neutrals. To contrast the intense heat from red hair, it’s useful to opt for colors that are muted and earth-toned. By choosing neutral colors, both the hair color and gemstone color will truly be able to shine. Dark greens, deep blues and yellows will look stunning with red headed vixens. Be sure to stay away from colors with gray undertones, as they will fail to pop.

3)      Brunette

Stunning brunettes have an array of choices when it comes to gemstone colors. Like blondes and red heads, blue is a wonderful color. However, unlike the other hair colors, deep reds and stunning purples are also highly recommended for brunettes. These colors highlight the natural undertones in brown hair and ultimately create a look that works together to shine.

4)      Black

When it comes to jewelry, women with black hair to seem to have all the fun. The best jewelry color for black hair is anything bold and bright. The list includes deep pinks, dark reds, light blue and green. Be sure to stay away from softer earthy tones; they can get lost in black hair.

How to pick your signature piece of jewelry

Whether it’s homemade cookies that are always a hit with your friends, or delightful interior decorating, we all want to be known for something. From talents to designs and work accolades to physical fitness, there is a certain pride that comes from being recognized. However, one of the best ways to gain recognition is with jewelry. By claiming a signature piece as your own, you’ll become known for your fashion sense and universal poise. In fact, you might even inspire a trend. To determine what your signature piece should be and how to implement it, read on.

1)      How Often

Determining how often you’ll wear a piece of jewelry is the first step in creating a signature look. If you plan on wearing a piece of jewelry less than three times a week, then it’s not a signature piece; it is merely yet another piece in your collection. Determining the number of times you’ll wear a piece of jewelry in any given week requires brutal honesty and a truthful evaluation of your lifestyle. Reporting to an office for five days a week will require a different signature piece than staying at home with the kids. Of course, personal style must be considered as well. Are you loud and bold, or quiet and understated? Different personalities require different gemstones.

2)      Style

Once you’ve determined how often you’ll wear a piece, it’s time to evaluate style. As a rule of thumb, signature jewelry pieces are often quite understated. Generally, this is because the piece is worn with great frequency. Because the piece is worn often, it’s critical to choose an item that is versatile and can work in any situation. But of course, personal preference is important as well. If you’re style is bold, opt for a piece like the Noble Agate Pendant. The hues of the pendant are neutral and work with any outfit, but the design is bold and on trend. For a quieter or more subdued signature piece, try the Tahitian Pearl Pendant. Because pearls are timeless and the shape is elegant, the pendant creates a dignified look.

3)      Fearless

Once you’ve established the right piece and correct style for your signature piece, it is time to wear the piece fearlessly. When creating a signature look, it’s important to remember that the jewelry is supposed to be worn frequently. Never feel like an “outfit repeater” when wearing your signature piece. You are a style visionary.

Achaemenid Gold Jewelry

One of the greatest ancient civilizations was the Achaemenid Persian Empire, which was founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC, and encompassed Iran, Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Caucasus, Thrace and some parts of India. The capital of the Empire and Cyrus the Great’s final resting place was Pasargadae (near modern day Shiraz, Iran), which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ancient accounts of the tomb written by the associates of Alexander the Great describe a golden sarcophagus, necklaces and gold gemstone earrings. It is in Pasargadae, in the garden of a royal palace where artifacts known as the Pasargadae Treasure were found in a ceramic container called an amphora. The Pasargadae Treasure includes gold and silver objects, jewelry and gemstones. A gold and silver beaded necklace was among the jewelry items. There was also a pair of exquisite gold bracelets with ibex head finials, along with a notable pair of intricate gold mesh earrings with lapis lazuli pendants. The lion is a popular motif of the Pasargadae Treasure. Curious drinking or pouring vessels called rhytons were among artifacts of the Achaemenid Empire. These are conical containers with animal-shaped bases which were fashioned from silver, gold and even carved lapis lazuli.

Another ancient capital city and center for the government of the Achaemenid Empire was Persepolis, also near Shiraz in Fars Province of Iran and an additional UNESCO World Heritage Site. This complex was built under Darius the Great; the third ruler of the Achaemenid Empire. The palaces of Persepolis and stone reliefs give historians important clues about Achaemenid society and show how some of the artifacts found were used. It is clear that this ancient civilization took inspiration from other cultures and art, such as that of ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, it is thought that a great deal of the treasure from this and other sites of the Achaemenid Empire was looted by Alexander the Great’s troops. Surviving items include a lapis lazuli and paste plaque displaying an eagle.