8 Easy Ways to Style High Jewelry

Table of Contents Seventeen carats of emeralds and 11 carats of diamonds glow against a pristine button-down. Graff necklace, price upon request, graff.com, Prada shirt, $1,300, select Prada boutiques, Molly Goddard cardigan, $625, net-a-porter.com. Statement pearls and pins add polish to a black-and-white ensemble. Tiffany & Co. earrings, price upon […]

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Seventeen carats of emeralds and 11 carats of diamonds glow against a pristine button-down. Graff necklace, price upon request, graff.com, Prada shirt, $1,300, select Prada boutiques, Molly Goddard cardigan, $625, net-a-porter.com.

One way to dress up a clean-cut look: Throw on dozens of diamonds. Everyday outfits, which these days may consist of sporty tees and chic sweaters, can transform into statement ensembles when styled with a few pieces of gem-laden jewelry—in this case including rare pieces from the season’s sought-after high jewelry collections. Though it may seem out of place to wear big stones with casual clothes, stylist Elizabeth Fraser-Bell demonstrates the trick is to consider the neckline, the sleeve length and the color of each garment. In some cases, the jewelry can fit in like a puzzle piece. A double-layer V-shaped necklace from Graff made of 11 carats of diamonds and 17 carats of emeralds falls effortlessly inside the lines of an unbuttoned shirt, while the round crew neck of a T-shirt frames a Bulgari Serpenti choker. 

“Don’t be afraid to go big and clash,” says Fraser-Bell, who, for this shoot with photographer David Abrahams, played with the idea of preppy dressing mixed with extra-large precious pieces. A white turtleneck and beige cardigan provides a neutral backdrop to pile on Dior’s Rose des Vents emerald and diamond layered necklace with a pair of large ball hoops and a diamond starburst ring from David Yurman. The curve of a white-gold-and-diamond Pluie de Cartier High Jewelry necklace plays off the slouchy V-neck of a cable-knit sweater. A crisp black-and-white houndstooth blazer worn with Tiffany’s gold-winged pearl earrings and Van Cleef & Arpels’s onyx and mother-of-pearl pins looks ultra modern. Lastly, if you prefer simplicity, a lone pair of diamond earrings is always a good solution. A sleek style, such as Louis Vuitton’s La Cavalière diamond-and-white-gold earrings, go well with just about anything, including bare summer skin.  —Jenny Hartman

Statement pearls and pins add polish to a black-and-white ensemble. Tiffany & Co. earrings, price upon request, select Tiffany & Co. locations, Van Cleef & Arpels brooches, rings and bracelets, prices upon request, vancleefarpel.com, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jacket,$3,290, Saint Laurent, 3 East 57th Street, New York, Chanel cardigan, $3,500, select Chanel boutiques, Frame top, $228, frame-shop.com.

The most unexpected way to wear serpent-motif diamonds is with a sporty tee. Bulgari high jewelry necklace, price upon request, bulgari.com, De Beers bracelets, $25,200 and $14,400, and ring, $11,000, De Beers, 716 Madison Avenue, New York, Gucci shirt, $650, and belted skirt, $2,100, gucci.com, Frances Austen sweater, $455, francesausten.com.

A deceptively simple earring can be all that’s needed. Louis Vuitton high jewelry earrings, price upon request, select Louis Vuitton stores.

Swap out go-to hoops for a dazzling diamond pair. Chopard earrings and rings, prices upon request, chopard.com, Sacai knitted shirtdress, $1,000, sacai.jp, Chanel cardigan (worn underneath), price upon request, and bag, $2,525, select Chanel boutiques.

Mix and match the boldest baubles for a look that’s put together. Dior fine jewelry necklace, price upon request, Dior boutiques, David Yurman earrings, $2,800, and ring, $4,800, davidyurman.com, Frances Austen cardigan (tied on shoulder) , $425, francesausten.com, and Rosetta Getty top, $325, rosettagetty.com, Dior cardigan, $2,000, Dior boutiques.

The quickest way to dress up a cozy sweater? Add an opulent necklace made of more than 600 brilliant-cut diamonds. Cartier high jewelry necklace and earrings, prices upon request, cartier.com, Erdem sweater, $870, erdem.com.

Pile on the most personal pieces. Chanel fine jewelry earrings, $10,950, and rings, prices upon request, select Chanel boutiques, Chanel jumpsuit, $6,150, and cardigan, $4,900, select Chanel boutiques. Model, Stella Jones at Kate Moss Agency; hair, Sarah Jo Palmer; makeup, Crystabel Riley; manicure, Tinu Bello.

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