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your look ● jewelry BOLD EARRINGS: Sometimes being bold isn’t about size, it can be done with color and cuts of stone. Bright red, bold, circular cut stones, suspended by square cut gems create a fresh geometrical look. Building Your Collection ANTIQUE COCKTAIL RING: This Bridgehampton Autumn Ring features an eye-catching red Resin Stone and Antique gold plating. VINTAGE NECLACE: This vintage Red Coral necklace is a very dramatic statement piece. Filling your jewelry box with beautiful accessories for every occasion doesn’t always have to be an expensive process E ven if you’re not into wear- ing or purchasing jewelry, you probably admire its so- phistication and beauty. Jewelry has the ability to el- evate your wardrobe in a simple and easy way. An interesting necklace, an armful of bracelets, or a stack of rings can change your look and make every- thing feel put together. Whether the pieces are big and bold, colorful and small, or delicate and shiny, jewelry pieces are ultimately works of art that turn you into a walking gallery. STARTING WITH THE BASICS Perhaps you are young and only have some vintage cocktail rings that were eBay finds, or a beautiful piece handed down from your grandmother 20 PAGEANTRY (that you’re too scared to wear on a night out on the town), but when it comes to having everyday wearable pieces, your collection could probably use a little work. But building a re- spectable collection takes time and money, so when you’re shopping for jewelry, keep your budget in mind. Incurring extra debt for the sake of having a flashy bracelet to wear is a very unhealthy financial choice. It’s advised for younger couples to choose a less-expensive ring to begin with and then move upwards as they be- come more financially secure in life. They can always upgrade the stone or the band in the future when they are in a better financial place to do so. Brand name should not be the pri- mary concern when buying jewelry. Very few people will recognize where you got this piece, and if a seller can have you buy something because of the brand, you are probably paying too much for it. You can find fabulous quality from various brands. THE ADVANTAGE OF VINTAGE Vintage jewelry, much like cloth- ing, is put together much better than mass-produced items of today. Es- chew the bright plastic jewelry of the 70s and 80s, and look for classic pieces of the 50s and 60s—cocktail rings with faux gems, man-made pearls, and crystal pins are some of the best items to look for. You can try to