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Shine On - Top Ten Jewelry Essentials

August 30, 2017

Always Have a Shine On

The Little Black Dress, The Crisp White Button Down, The Pencil Skirt, The Belted Trench, The Leather Motocross Jacket, The High Heeled Boot, and the Ballet Flat. These are just some of the trusted elements that every woman can rely on when building a ready-for-anything wardrobe. Well, we believe in the power and persuasion of wearing Fine Jewelry Everyday, so what better way to make that effortless reality than to create a wardrobe of jewelry essentials as well. However, since our online catalogue of options is as staggering as it is appealing, we (Cumberland Diamond Exchange and Gabriel & Co.) thought it be best to guide you in determining what 10 pieces you absolutely need in your jewelry box.


Most women have their ears pierced while in elementary, so it’s not surprising why stud earrings are at the top of our list. From a timeless diamond stud, to birthstones, to elaborately mixed metals, choose a favorite pair.


The hoop may be the sexiest earring that goes with simply everything. From T-shirt and jeans, to a strapless velvet gown, the same hoop can hit a bulls-eye however you target your style. The only question is, how big a hoop are you comfortable wearing on a regular basis. Be sure to take in account, the length of your hair, daily activities, the weight of the hoop, your particular facial features (the stronger and more dramatic, the wider the hoop, whereas delicate features would take a thinner hoop), and does your wardrobe favor gold or silver (or white gold)?

For women who are hesitant to try a large hoop earring, the best way to understand their scale is to try them on in front of a three-way mirror. A head on mirror distorts the scale. Gabriel & Co. also features incredible detailing inside and around some of our hoops. If you still think it’s too much on a regular basis, don’t forget the little sister of the hoop, which is the Huggie. These are small hoops that fit closely around your ear lobe. So while they might appear more reserved, there is something very sensual the way they “hug” the ear.

Midi Ring

Midi rings started out as a faddish piece of ornamentation but their instant acceptance and success now deems them a staple in your jewelry box. Midi’s sit on your finger above the lower knuckle. It’s a novel, just quirky enough addition to any look, either casual or smart. Gabriel & Co. has a vast collection of midi rings. From solid gold, to diamond studded, to colored gems, midi rings not only look different, they boast the advantage of being conversation starters.

Statement Ring

A striking essential, the statement ring is the final touch, the confirmation to one and all, that you heading out there looking your best. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear one with jeans as easily as a gown. But it does mean your hair and makeup have to be flawless. What makes Gabriel & Co. statement rings so uncommonly special is that they don’t necessarily rely on size or overwhelming volume to create impact. Instead, our rings boast ergonomic ingenuity, unexpected geometry, and incomparable detail to make their mark.


They are fun, playful, eye-catching, and intricate without being cute and one of the most playful ways we know to show off your individuality. Gabriel & Co. offers an unparalleled array of choices. If you can imagine it, we probably have it. And if you can’t, we probably did it anyway. Wear as many or as few as you like, on as many fingers as you dare. Stackables make an infinite number of one-of-a-kind combinations.

An Everyday Necklace

An everyday necklace is as essential as your favorite pair of stud don’t earrings. It’s a piece you may never take off, or one that’s so natural to wear you may forget it’s on, until you have to respond to the inevitable compliment. A simple triangle pendant or, an amulet, a faceted birthstone on a chain, even a personalized initial necklace can easily become as much a part of you as your daily skim latte.

Diamond Bracelet

The timeless classic has had an update. In fact, check out our Gabriel & Co, best-selling Demure bracelets and marvel at how the options are now so varied, graceful, and fluid, we hesitate to call them “tennis” bracelets anymore because you are going to want at least one of these even if you have never held a racquet, let alone landed a drop shot.


Whether you wear one or half a dozen, bangles are fun. They’re jaunty, musical, a bit boho, and readily respond to movement. What makes Gabriel & Co. bangles so wonderful is not only the incredible variety of weights, shapes, and sizes we offer, but open ones are often capped by multi-colored semi precious stones, many wide ones have hinges for easy slipping on, the body conscious sculptural diamond ones are jaw-droppingly spotlight catchers. We even have one that can wrap around your own wrist like a Slinky. Don’t leave home without one.

Statement Earring

They could be two straight drops of stones, loop de loops of diamonds, jeweled feathers sporting movable hinges, or a sapphire centered in matching arrowhead of brilliants. Find an earring design that combines delicacy with drama, individuality with intricacy, and whose beauty kindles a desire to call them your own. Wear them when you feel extra special, or just because it’s Tuesday.

The Singular Necklace

Add a dash of daring, maybe even edge to your jewelry arsenal with a diamond studded wing pendant necklace, a white gold collar that wraps round your neck ending in two showers of diamonds or a spiked one like our 14k White Gold Kaslique necklace. You don’t need to change one element of your wardrobe to accommodate this singularity. In fact, the less fuss you make about wearing something so out of the ordinary, the more irresistible you are bound to look.


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