Have a fling with a little bling this spring! Kick off the season by giving the love of your life (or yourself) the gift of jewelry for Valentine's Day. Here are a few romantic updates that will add a touch of sparkle to anything you wear.
— Be the girl with the pearls. Pearls have long been a jewelry favorite, but this year, baroque styles get a modern update with mixed metals and lots of stones, giving them a whole new look. Get the look by layering semiprecious gemstone necklaces with your grandmother's pearl strands or a pair of pearl-sprinkled gold or silver hoops.
— Play with colors. Multicolored jewelry makes a big statement this spring with a rainbow of vibrant shades like bright green, sky blue, hot pink and orange corals. Combine them in stacked bangles, drop earrings or beaded necklaces; the more colors, the better.
— Get chunky with chains. Oversized is the way to go with chains that link up to form giant necklaces, chokers, earrings and bracelets. Big jewelry is a major fashion trend after years of smaller-scaled styles. Think of fashion icon Iris Apfel's signature style; you can always mix smaller jewelry pieces together to create a more substantial layered look.
— Jump through hoops. Again, the bigger, the better. And the more, the better, like earrings that are hoops within hoops or hoops dangling from hoops. The molded, sculpted hoop earrings are often all you need to give an outfit an instant blast of updated style.
— Do the artsy thing. One of the best places to look for your new spring jewelry may be your local art museum. Look for sculptural designs, geometric shapes and tribal interpretations that will appeal to the inner artist inside you. These one-of-a-kind accessories will be treasures you'll love for years.
— Go long. You don't have to get all choked up over jewelry this spring; there are plenty of longer necklace styles to get wrapped up in. Pendants, lariats, y-necklaces and even bolo designs are draping around stylish necklines. Initial necklaces, vintage charms and textured coins are also making a comeback.
— Look to the sea. Watch for shell jewelry to be a big part of the spring and summer accessory scene. Whether it's a pair of gold earrings in the shape of shells or a shell-studded cuff bracelet, the ocean and its tropical shores inspire all of us to give our jewelry wardrobe a little vacation and think of sunny days ahead.
— The one and only. If you really want to have an ear party this Valentine's Day, create a one-of-a-kind jewelry look by wearing just one special earring — a gold chain dripping with emeralds, a stud of a giant star or diamonds dangling with feathers. Celebrate your own individual style, one earlobe at a time.
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