For me, wearing jewellery is the first step in getting dressed every day. I feel near-naked without my go-to pieces of jewellery.
As I progress through my twenties I am now foregoing throwaway jewellery. Instead I’m developing a capsule jewellery collection of quality (though still not bank-breaking) pieces.
Enter: Monica Vinader – my go-to jewellery brand for shaping the dreamiest of capsule jewellery collections.
“This is about selectively
building a jewellery collection
which you can wear day in day out,
and which can be mix and matched
according to the occasion.”
A (Brief) Introduction To Capsuling
In recent years, creating a ‘capsule wardrobe’ has become a popular dialogue in the blog/YouTube/digital sphere.
If you’re not familiar with this movement already, here are a couple of great resources to get you started:
Caroline Joy’s gorgeous blog Un-Fancy is a pioneer of the capsule wardrobe movement, and although I don’t follow the wardrobe practice myself, I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Caroline’s outlook on simplifying life.
Whilst I haven’t yet jumped on the capsule wardrobe train, a capsule jewellery collection IS something I can get on board with.
To paraphrase Caroline’s wardrobe definition – a capsule jewellery collection is: “A mini wardrobe of versatile jewellery pieces which you totally LOVE to wear.”
This is about selectively building a jewellery collection which you can wear day in day out, and which can be mix and matched according to the occasion.
SHOP CAPSULE BRACELETS
It feels so good to have a purge from time to time, and my jewellery collection is the target of my latest clear out.
With a clear out, comes space for new things, and here is where the idea of a capsule jewellery collection comes in.
Instead of buying en masse once more, I’ve been working on developing my capsule jewellery collection.
Perhaps you’ll choose a certain brand to purchase pieces from over time – like Monica Vinader – or maybe you’ll build a mix and match collection of items from heirlooms, vintage finds and new purchases too.
There’s no right and wrong here. A capsule jewellery collection will be unique to each individual.
As Caroline says, capsuling is about investing in pieces you totally LOVE, and enjoying them day in day out.
Read on for my rules for developing your own curated collection . . .
SHOP CAPSULE PENDANTS & EARRINGS
How To Develop A Capsule
#1 Choose Your Base Metal Colour
Have you ever had the conversation with a girlfriend about “their metal”?
“I’m SO silver, I could never do gold!” – sound familiar?!
When it comes to creating your capsule jewellery collection, you are going to want to choose your base metal colour. This is so that you can develop a cohesive collection.
Once you’ve chosen your colour, is makes it easier for you to find pieces which will work well together, and it makes it simpler for other people to choose pieces for you too.
However, if you’re someone who likes to mix and match your metals – go for it! This is, after all, your collection to create.
For me I chose exclusively gold pieces from Monica Vinader, and I love how well they all work together.
SHOP CAPSULE RINGS
#2 Choose An Accent Gem Or Colour
You may opt to go for solid metal pieces for your capsule jewellery collection, in which case, you can skip this step.
If, however, like me, you like the odd pop of colour then it’s helpful to choose one accent colour to incorporate into your capsule jewellery collection.
When perusing the Monica Vinader selection, the stunning deep green onyx pieces immediately stood out. I’ve always loved a deep vivid green hue. It looks especially beautiful when set against a yellow gold.
Once you know your accent colour, you can hone in on pieces with that hue.
I also chose Monica Vinader’s diamonds as an accent stone. This is more subtle than a coloured stone, and adds the most beautiful subtle shimmer.
#3 Start With One Piece Per Category
When you’re building your capsule jewellery collection, especially if you are choosing to invest in some nice pieces, I’ve found it helpful to start with one piece per ‘category’.
As in: one bracelet, one pendant, one ring, one set of earrings and then build up each category one by one.
So if for instance you have your ‘base set’ of a bracelet, pendant, ring and earrings, you can then choose to add a new item here and there.
You may also wish to add a statement piece to your collection. Some occasions call for a showstopper!
These Siren Chandelier Earrings in Green Onyx are simply stunning, and would be beautiful worn for an occasion. Can you imagine them with a burgundy lip colour?!
In terms of the ‘starter pieces’ for your collection, my suggestion is to invest in classic items first. Monica Vinader’s Signature Bangle and Baja Deco ID Bracelet are beautiful bracelets to start with, they are both statement pieces alone, but compliment additional bracelets as you build your collection.
The Mini Marie Pendant is the perfect necklace to act as your ‘base’, you can choose the length of your chain and add pendants over time.
As for the rings – you are spoilt for choice with Monica Vinader – but my suggestion is to start with a stacking ring. My favourite is the Baja Deco Ring in gold, with green onyx.
Developing a capsule jewellery collection is something well worth investing your time and money into, if like me, you adore wearing jewellery day to day.
You can choose to develop your collection using occasions and milestones as your impetus for buying a piece – hence each one will hold a special memory for you too.
Jewellery always tells a story, and developing your capsule jewellery collection will hopefully help you to weave a timeline through your stunning pieces.
What’s Your Take?
Are you a fan of the capsule movement? Have you applied these rules to an area of your life already?
And if so, how does the idea of a capsule jewellery wardrobe strike you?
I’d love to know of any pieces you particularly love which you’ve been weaving into your ‘everyday jewellery’ rounds too!
You can peruse Monica Vinader’s latest collections here.
Love, Monica x
This post is created in collaboration with Monica Vinader
Photography by Frances McMahon