How Many Pieces Of Jewelry Should You Own? While we might not be able to place a cap to the number of jewelry pieces that you should own, and that you can’t own too much jewelry, we think that we have an overall idea of what’s considered standard.
Whether the jewelry you own is too much or that you need to add a few more is a totally subjective matter.
But then there’s a point where we have to think about the number of jewelry you are wearing because while stacking is fashionable, most people overdo it, and they look tacky.
For more information about what the standard is, keep reading.
How much jewelry does the average woman own?
A survey shows that the average woman owns jewelry worth over $7000. While some of these women call the large number of jewelry they own collections, for others, owning that much jewelry is hoarding, with other women seeing this as a waste of money.
As a result of a large number of jewelry owned, most women have numerous jewelry boxes in their homes, but they can’t always tell what’s in the boxes, even as they keep shopping for more jewelry.
The interesting bit is that most of the time, women with a lot of jewelry find themselves with too many cheap pieces that do not last a long time, yet they cannot get rid or ever let them go. Most of the time, a woman will have tens of earrings, with specific sets, each for a specific outfit.
If you are working on building your own jewelry collection or if you are unsure of what you should buy to avoid having too much jewelry that you might never wear, here are some of the staples you should own.
Every woman needs a gold chain, a diamond tennis bracelet, pearls, stacking rings, a cocktail ring, one nice tank watch, a gold bangle, stud earrings, hoop earrings, and a charm bracelet.
Having one or a few pairs of each of these items to be worn at different times is the foundation of a woman’s complete jewelry collection.
What is considered too much jewelry?
There is a limit to the number of jewelry you can wear, and if you are already wearing one jewelry on top of another, it’s likely that you are already overdoing it.
We all agree that simplicity is elegant, and one dainty necklace might be better than two or three necklaces layered unless you are attending a fashion/ social even, and the layering is working with your day’s look.
You are wearing too much jewelry if you have earrings on, a necklace, bracelets on each wrist, and multiple rings on more than one finger in each hand.
Honestly, you can’t have jewelry everywhere. And when it comes to looking classy, minimalism wins every day.
For men, you are safe with one watch. Often, men shouldn’t wear more than one watch, two rings, or one bracelet. Overdoing, it will subdue your personality and make you look gaudy.
To be safe, lovers of jewelry, men or women, should wear one watch or a bracelet, a ring, one pair of earrings, and one simple necklace.
Finally, keep in mind that the numbers (and types of jewelry) worn will very much depend on the occasion.
How many pieces of jewelry should you wear at once?
To avoid the risk of looking gaudy, you need to avoid the temptation to wear too many pieces of jewelry at the same time.
To be on the safe side, one of the most important considerations and the guiding point that tells you how many pieces of jewelry to wear is the occasion.
Generally, we’d say that you are good with a pair of simple stud earrings, a necklace, a ring, and a watch, but we all know that there are occasions and places where you are allowed to go all out.
Take note that in as much as you need jewelry to accessorize your outfit from boring to stunning, overdoing it will be the reason for negative attention, and you don’t need that.
Less is more, but that isn’t the case – to know when you can go big, follow the guidelines below,
Everyday Jewelry – if you need jewelry that you can wear at any time, all day, every day, a simple piece of jewelry like a wedding band, a watch, a simple bracelet, or even a keepsake necklace will do.
Office wear – for the office, you need jewelry that’s not distracting, noisy, or just too out there. You also need to keep the number of jewelry you wear to a minimum.
For example, if your office is more conservative, you might want to stick to stud earrings complementing your outfit or small hoops—nothing too noisy, bright, or extra sparkly. But for a creative office environment, you could wear large hoops.
Generally, you need to avoid jewelry that’s too sparkly or noisy stacked bracelets. And if you are not sure about what to wear to the office, wear fewer pieces as possible, and remember that balance is key.
Formal Events –you get to show off your elegance at formal events.
Throw in some sparkle and any jewelry that puts emphasis on your best features. Go all out with stunning diamond or crystal earrings to show off your stunning jawline or cheekbones, or even a statement necklace to draw attention to your face.
You’re safe with pearls, diamonds, one statement pieces, and other elegant pieces. But don’t overdo it, and don’t be too matchy-matchy.
Remember that you need to wear the right jewelry, and though you get to go all out, you shouldn’t overwhelm your appearance.
Party jewelry – Here, you get to make and break jewelry rules. You can mix metals, wear a ring(s) on any finger, mix gemstones with the faux stones, and you can wear the biggest hoops or go big on layered pieces.
How many bracelets are too many?
There is no maximum cap to the maximum number of bracelets you can wear on your arm(s), but you know that you have too many bracelets on when you feel uncomfortable and not a confident.
You get to wear as many or as few bracelets as you like, and you can mix the materials, sizes, and textures, but at the end of the day, you need to feel confident with what you have on.
Your outfit plays a big role too. If you are unsure, start small, and add pieces as you grow more confident with having more bracelets.
Rules are meant to be broken, but there are instances where a bracelet and a watch would be a tad too much.
But if you are unsure about the number of jewelry to wear, keep in mind where you will be wearing the jewelry too.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.