Jewelry for your Little Black Dress

Jewelry for your Little Black Dress

Everyone has an LBD in their closet. These tips can help you create a striking look with your jewelry, whether it’s for a holiday event, wedding, special evening out, or even a luncheon. Because, as a friend says, “It’s time to take those sparklies out again for a spin.”

Layer it up

Layering necklaces can create a very dramatic look—with either pearls or gold chains. Stitch Fix has some tips:

  • Wear at least 3 necklaces and mix up the lengths.
  • Add a lariat, which can lengthen your body.
  • Choose similar metals (gold or silver).
  • Consider a bold necklace with other, delicate ones to make it pop.

Wondering about lengths? Here they are, with their names:

Light up that LBD

For a luncheon, consider dangle earrings and a collection of bangle bracelets. For a dinner or cocktail hour, you can go with a glitzy pin to draw attention. Every color works except for navy or brown, which will wash out. If the dress has tight, long sleeves, consider adding a cuff or series of bangles over it.

Plus, consider the neckline:

  • Square or scoop: Make sure your necklace is either longer or shorter than the neckline. For a U shape, consider an 18-inch necklace or a pendant.
  • Strapless: Go with a bold, short necklace, like a choker. Or you could choose dangle earrings with a series of bangles.
  • V-shaped: Consider a pendant, which mimics the shape of the neckline, or a lariat.
  • Halter: Long pearls will add real elegance!

Make it dramatic

If you’ve got a special piece of jewelry that you want to showcase, keep your outfit simple. Your LBD will be a perfect background for your bold statement necklace or earrings. Also perfect: stacked bracelets and glamorous rings. Add hair jewelry! And don’t forget how elegant Audrey Hepburn looked simply with pearls over her LBD.

…or make it less dramatic

If it’s a daytime event, you can go with more playful, colorful pieces. Try to avoid very shiny accessories to tone down the drama.

Flatter your shape

Curvy bodies work well with statement necklaces and other bold pieces. Tall bodies work well with long necklaces; small body frames work well with dainty, more minimal pieces.

Get those jewels out of storage and enjoy them with your favorite LBD! And you’ll enjoy them even more with the knowledge that they’re protected by insurance. And that starts with a professional appraisal. I’m booking for after the holidays, so make sure you get your appointment asap. Contact me at 617-304-0174 or at

Happy celebrations to all. Here’s looking forward to a bright 2022! Aimee

About Aimee Berrent

Aimee M. Berrent is the owner of A Matter of Brilliance and a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She offers appraisal services such as jewelry appraisals, diamond appraisals, and estate appraisals within Massachusetts and all over the East Coast.
Aimee has over 25 years experience in the jewelry trade, and received her Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) in Residence diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Santa Monica, California, and is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).
Aimee has advanced training in jewelry appraisal theory. She frequently attends jewelry conferences and takes courses to stay on top of current gemological advances and appraisal training.

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