Statement jewelry a sophisticated summer staple

This summer, big, bold and beautiful statement jewelry is just as hot as dainty chains and bangles.
By Linda Miller Published: July 17, 2012
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Sometimes big is better and it definitely can be more fun, especially when it comes to jewelry.

Large necklaces, bold cuffs and rings the size of quarters are as popular this summer as dainty chains and thin bangles. And if you think bib necklaces and wide cuffs are too hot and heavy during an Oklahoma summer, you probably haven't picked up one of these jewels. Most of them are lightweight and just begging to be worn.

“It's about making a statement,” said Eddi Morgan, accessories buyer for Balliets at Classen Curve.

A large necklace or cuff is sometimes all that's needed to take a dress from simple to simply stunning. “Put on a statement necklace and you get so many compliments,” Morgan said.

“I'm selling more of them too, especially to young people. My next mission in New York City is to look for a new range of statement jewelry.”

What's fun about big jewelry is that it can make even more impact when layered, but too much can also take away from the piece you want to show off. The other accessory needed to pull off some of these looks? Attitude.

“If you're tall and have a lot of attitude, wear it all,” Morgan said.

For those who are timid about large jewelry, start with one dramatic piece. Then as you get more comfortable, go bigger or pile on another layer.

“Just have fun with it,” she said. “You're going to make a lot of new friends because people will come up and talk to you about your jewelry.”

Many of summer's offerings are bold in color as well as size. Green, coral and royal blue command attention. Gold mixed with ivory or black screams sophistication. Real gemstones add another level of sophistication and luxury.