Category Archives: Essen Jewelry and Watches

Stacked and Layered Jewelry Look: Here’s How

One of our favorite looks is stacked and layered jewelry.

Layering clothing is simple. Add a cardigan to a cute shell, a jacket over a blouse, etc. But how do you stack and layer jewelry without looking overdone?

When layering jewelry, you want to complete your ensemble, not draw attention away from your outfit.

  1. Wear a multi-strand necklace and bracelet.
  2. Layer a few beaded necklaces of coordinating colors. You can even twist them together.
  3. Pair a long beaded necklace with your favorite pendant necklace for contemporary charm.
  4. Wrap a long necklace around your neck or wrists twice.
  5. Pile on three or four bangles of various metals for chic contrast.
  6. Alternate thin and chunky bracelets for the textured look.
  7. Sport a few rings on one finger. Stackable rings are fun to wear.

Have fun mixing and matching your jewelry!

Chandelier Earrings Have a Rich History

Ross-Simons collaborates with talented designers to develop the most distinctive and most desirable jewelry imaginable. Recently, we put together a collection of dramatic chandelier drops.

Popular as they are today, these earrings have a history that stretches back to ancient Greece. In fact, archaeologists there uncovered gold filigree chandeliers with enameled rosettes and tiny shell pendants that were determined to be from the fifth century B.C. Chandelier earrings from the third century B.C., again of gold filigree, were also discovered on the east coast of Turkey. Further examples of this style — with emeralds, sapphires and pearls added — were dated from A.D. 600. When it comes to a classic look, does it get any more authentic than that?

It’s fascinating to see that these impressive designs endured through the ages. Apparently King George VI of England and his wife Queen Elizabeth were in agreement on royal style back in 1947. That’s when they gave their daughter Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, diamond chandelier earrings as a wedding gift. And on the night her husband was elected president in 2008, Michelle Obama made her first appearance as our First Lady wearing amazing diamond-encrusted chandeliers of white gold.

Demand for these dynamic earrings shows no sign of slowing down. The great thing about the newest pieces is that they are on-target for black-tie events, but can also quite easily dress up your favorite pair of jeans. Though the large scale of these chandelier earrings and the drama of their shoulder-tracing lengths are right at home on the red carpet, the popularity of our very own selections proves that you don’t have to live in Hollywood to look like a million dollars.

Animal Motif Gemstone Jewelry

Nowadays, anyone can feel some animal attraction by wearing their favorite animal, not as a tacky motif on a sweatshirt or as a “Life Gem” that is made up of the deceased animal’s ashes, but as a piece of jewelry. Cartier has the panther, but there is no reason why we should be limited to one single animal when the animal kingdom is so diverse.

Animals have featured in jewelry for centuries, from ancient Egyptian scarab beetles and cobras to Cartier’s iconic panther. Most high jewelry houses have featured collections of animals. For example, Chopard have an “Animal World” collection that celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2010 and Boucheron have “The Audacious Menagerie”. In the Chopard collection is a Regal Tiger Necklace that makes use of fire opal for the tiger’s face, which is surrounded by a cascade of colored diamond and moonstone gems. One of the most interesting pieces in the Boucheron collection is a turtle ring with emerald eyes and a shell fashioned from carved tiger’s eye. A similar turtle ring is rose gold with diamond eyes and has a shell carved from rose quartz.

Jewelry lovers far and wide enjoy fun jewelry in the form of animals. For example, Jackie Kennedy Onassis liked her collection of “critters”. One of these was a beautiful jade butterfly brooch. Some people identify with a certain animal; there are dog people and cat people, and others may have a totemic animal, astrological creature or spirit animal that they feel represents their personality.

Jewelry Accessories for Any Dress Style

You found the perfect dress to wear to an upcoming wedding, cocktail party or formal event but what type of jewelry do you choose? Your goal should be to look polished and put-together, never over-the-top. Here are some simple tips to follow when accessorizing different dress styles:

For a strapless dress, we suggest either statement making earringsand a bracelet, or a bold necklace paired with understated earrings. Less is more!

For a spaghetti strap dress, a delicate charm or heart pendant and simply stated drop earrings work well.

For a halter-style dress, a necklace isn’t needed, but definitely choose dazzling chandelier earrings and a sparkling cuff bracelet.

For any of these looks, you can add a little more sparkle and sass with a fabulous cocktail ring.

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.”

Watches: A Time For Fashion

In the age of cell phones, people wear watches as a fashion statement rather than for telling time.

Whether you wear a watch to help keep time or to keep up with the latest trends, there are many different brands and styles for you to choose from, including these options:

Sporty: Watches in the sporty category are functional timepieces with a sleek, distinctive look. Many sporty watches also have chronographs, which are built-in stop watch functions. TAG Heuer is one of the most popular designers of sporty watches.

Performance: These watches are often made of a heavy duty material so that they will hold up during physical performance. Performance watches are sometimes waterproof and may also have a chronograph built in.

Dressy: A dressy watch works for a night out or a special occasion, and not be something worn every day. Diamond watches are in this category.

Estate: Estate watches are unique vintage pieces that have a classic and elegant feel to them.

Affordable: If you are looking for a watch within a budget, you can find affordable watches under $100. They may not be designer brands but they are still well-made and will last for years.

You can find any of the watch styles listed about at Ross-Simons.

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.

Work and Business Fashion Tips

We all want to look polished, professional and feel our best during any 9-5 situation. However, business doesn’t have to mean boring. Your personality can still shine through while dressing for success!

What to Wear to the Job Interview

The key to acing an interview is confidence. And how can you feel confident if you’re not dressed to impress? Dressing professionally, yet fashionably will make you feel amazing. As for accessories, why not try tailored, refined classics with a twist. Layer classic necklaces in different lengths or wear a stack of stylish rings. You’ll know that you look good, and you can focus on scoring your dream job.

What to Wear to the Big Presentation

Let’s face it, speaking in public can be pretty nerve-racking. And when you’re presenting in front of a room full of bigwigs, the last thing you need to worry about is how you look. You’ve practiced your PowerPoint a million times, you’ve memorized the figures, and you know the answers to every possible question that might fly at you. Your wardrobe and accessories should be coordinated, not distracting and just as fabulous as your presentation. Here are a few tips: choose a necklace that’s just bold enough to say you mean business, wear studs (dangles and hoops can be distracting), pick a fabulous watch.

What to Wear to the Out-of-Town Conference

Business by day, socializing after hours; out-of-town conferences are usually a time to mix business with pleasure. You’ll want to accessorize with pieces that will easily transition from day-to-night. Hoop earrings and a coordinating necklace will do the trick!

Jewelry for After Hours

Are you going to a spectacular, formal event—a cocktail party, black tie wedding or dinner at 8? Our style experts are always on the hunt for jewelry that will add a bit of fashion flair to any afterhours look.

Cocktail Party

What could be more fun than an evening of drinks, music and friends? Today’s cocktail party is even more elegant than that of yesteryear. With a few simple tips, we will help make your look the highlight of the night! You may initially think LBD—little black dress, but color can be beautiful, too. Accessorize with a mix of beads, super-sized drop earrings and an attention-grabbing cocktail ring.

Black Tie Wedding

Fancy hors d’oeuvres, bubbling champagne and an elegant string quartet are the staples of a black tie wedding. And you should feel just as glamorous as the evening itself! Just be careful not to look so good that you steal the bride’s thunder! Go with a simple but elegant look and accessorize with fabulous jewelry. Add some sparkle to your outfit. It’s perfectly acceptable to mix diamond jewelry with CZ jewelry.

Dinner at 8

Dinner reservations have been made. You’ve picked out a fabulous dress and pumps, but still need to choose just-as-fabulous accessories. It is a night for something extra chic and charming. Pile on the extra-long baroque pearl necklaces for a great combination of classic fashion with modern, trendy styling — not to mention great movement and visual interest! Finish your look with pretty, baroque pearl drops and a ring for added panache.

Estate Jewelry is Carefully Selected by Ross Simons

Timeless and unique, are the two words that Tom Kowal has in mind when hand selecting the Estate collection for Ross-Simons. Often, he looks through thousands of jewels and chooses only a handful to be featured online.

Tom knows that women like to wear fantastic jewelry that will make an impression, so when he is on a buying trip he carefully examines each piece to make sure that they will be a knockout. He also looks for the condition of the items and inspects them to be certain that they are pristine, without any chips or flaws. Kowal loves unique one-of-a-kind pieces, and even after 25 years in the business, he still gets excited when he finds the perfect item.

What exactly is an estate jewel and is it the same thing as an antique? This is a common question that Tom has answered hundreds of time. Estate is anything that is previously owned. It could be just from five years ago, while antiques are jewelry pieces that are 100 or more years old.

Next time you’re looking for that exclusive, one-of-a-kind piece check out Ross-Simons’ Estate collection.