Women love jewellery at any time of life. But how do you choose jewellery to enhance your style and feel great for your age?
Find your age group, or a loved one's, in the relevant age section below for tips to make styling easy.
Just take care to check anything you pass down for scratchy, broken parts that may go in their mouth or potentially harmful metals like lead alloys.
A sparkly charm on a chain can carry so much meaning at this age. The first pieces of jewellery will be remembered for a long, long time.
If in doubt about the colour, choose pink
Buy hypoallergenic pieces wherever possible. Avoid nickel-alloys
This is the perfect age to start her off creatively with a jewellery kit-set she can make up herself
Your skin is glowing and youthful.
It’s the perfect time to experiment with trends and symbols that relate to the world around you.
Wear anklets anywhere, anytime
Cheap and cheerful is good - wear all the trends and work out what you like, and what suits you.
Choose gold-plated jewellery and save cash
Discover what metals your skin and ears will tolerate. Any new piercings should be hypoallergenic, silver or gold. Steer clear of nickel alloys
Wear bold and playful earrings - wear the rainbow, feathers, stars, lightning bolts and tassels
Add symbolic charms or a birthstone to a chain bracelet. Add an identity-style tag that says who you are
Cutesy animals, hearts and floral-inspired charms work with your youthful glow
Buy inexpensive jewellery that won’t devastate if mislaid - go for Swarovski crystals and cubic zirconias for sparkle, rather than expensive gemstones
Mix colourful bead chokers and collars
Be unconventional. Wear a brooch or necklace in your hair, necklaces on your wrists and ankles
Find out your sizes. Measure yourself for ordering jewellery online - fingers, wrists and ankles
Challenge traditions, experiment with retro, grunge, boho and vintage styles
Reflect a growing need to care for those around you and the environment by buying ethically sourced accessories.
Proudly choose local pieces hand-made to last, rather than mass-produced, throw-away fashion.
You are beginning to know who you are. Be bold, wear COLOUR.
Love festivals? Wear well-made bib-style necklaces, extra-long pendants and stacked bracelets that will stand dance party rigours
Buy pre-layered pieces you can throw on at a moments notice and look fab
Curate your ears with mismatched earrings. Layer a stud, a chandelier, a hoop and/or a cuff together. Make sure there is a common element to the pieces, be it the material, a stone, a colour
Reflect your worth and invest in an artisan-made diamond or moissanite ring to treasure for years to come. They’re super useful to mix with other pieces and instantly lift an outfit
Choose gold-filled jewellery that will last longer than gold-plated. Earrings such as the Helios Quartz Crystal Earrings with hypoallergenic gold-filled hooks can usually be worn for long periods and minimise irritation to sensitive ears.
Wear anklets in your leisure time, i.e. at the beach, not the office
You now have engagements requiring more formal attire. But still, be playful - wear pearls, jet, or long gemstone strands in creative ways.
Wear gemstones to suit your spirituality, to balance energy or as a tool to manifest your dreams
Learn to carefully clean your jewellery and safely store it to prolong it's condition
Choose widely available, inexpensive materials such as howlite. This human-made material uses reconstituted stone fragments dyed to order.
Wear pre-loved jewellery and swap among friends
Style vintage jewellery with bold t-shirts and jeans
Wear the body jewellery while you can!
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You know who you are - authentically express yourself with meaningful jewellery.
You are stepping up to new responsibilities. Invest in power pieces.
Keep a piece of jewellery in your handbag for style emergencies. A talisman necklace, a charm bracelet or a gift from a loved one can boost your confidence at a public speaking event
Layer statement necklaces to add intrigue and show your personality
Save time and money by planning your outfits and accessories for the week ahead
Side-step the sale isles. Save instead and invest in quality accessories you'll wear for years. Think Argentium and Sterling Silver, and 14 kt gold-filled pieces. To stay current, you may want to add a few inexpensive, trendy pieces each season, then splurge on pieces you can wear for a decade
Wear basics that fit you like a glove. Accessorise confidently with the correctly lengthened jewellery. Move clasps to adjust necklaces to the required length or have extension chains added. Many sterling silver or gold rings can also be re-sized by a professional jeweller
Select the right undergarments - nothing ruins a look like VPL's or a bra that does not support you properly. Or go without if you dare. Well-placed jewellery can also shift attention from one area to another
Dress to the occasion. You wouldn't wear jeans to a cocktail event. If an occasion requires, wear pearls or jet, but wear them your way and consider whom you are about to see there. It's so much worse to underdress. For a spectacular event, it's hard to overdress
Don't wear your boldest statement piece with a loud floral jacket or sun-dress. If the dress is simple, add a statement. If the dress speaks volumes then wear a simple pendant, choker or statement earrings instead
Wear lipstick! A pop of colour goes a long way and can help tie in a bright piece of jewellery you long to wear
You know who you are.
Wear bright colours, adding in some neutrals.
Mix, but don’t match with natural or bleached wood, pale leather or light coloured bone.
Wear statement necklaces.
Coordinate necklaces with the neckline of what you are wearing.
Select pieces that you can wear different ways - like a strand, twice around, as a choker or a bracelet
Choose earrings that suit your face shape and necklaces that flatter your figure
Accessorise with one great piece. A conversation starter or something that adds WOW when you need to look stylish and lead. Wear a vintage piece or something vibrant you bought on holiday when you were feeling relaxed and happy
This is a time of life when unwanted stress can come home to roost. The process of preparing your day needs to be calm and relaxed. Plan outfits for the week ahead, for stress-free mornings
Commission a special piece of artisan jewellery that carries meaning for you
Invest in quality pieces with ethically sourced gemstones such as amazonite
Insure your jewellery
Remember who you are!
Stay fashion-forward without ageing forward at the same time. Take care wearing vintage - you want to avoid looking nannerly.
Choose modern or timeless jewellery over vintage.
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Wear brooches unconventionally, to fasten a cardigan or on a handbag - not on a lapel or shoulder
Avoid trends but update tired jewellery, or have pieces re-set or upcycled
When you don a pearl necklace, layer with a sparkly strand of beads or metal chain of the same length to lift your look
Keep earrings lightweight.
Add wide, flatbacks to stud earrings to help support your lobes.
Wear larger studs if you want to cover a piecing that has stretched over time
Wear long necklaces rather than chokers, drawing attention away from an ageing neck and jaw-line
Chunky cocktail rings can hide lumpy finger joints
Consider having rings that no longer fit resized by a professional jeweller
No doubt you have oodles of jewels collected over the years, some un-worn, some unloved. Take a page out of Marie Kondo's book and pass on anything that no longer brings you joy. Have the things you love but don't wear often re-styled to suit today's needs. Get clip-on’s converted to hooks or vice-versa. Have pearls restrung or gift to someone special
Natural neutrals such as carved bone and stone, facetted gemstones and coral are beautiful pieces with history. Wear them to reflect your story
Put your entire outfit on BEFORE you look in a full-length mirror, in natural light where possible. Put on your specs, THEN adjust before you leave the house
And remember - your smile is your best accessory at any age.
So, now you have the know-how, you can go to and select jewellery for yourself or others, with confidence.
At Bird of Prey online, you can find the age-appropriate style of jewellery you need in the distinct category sections below.
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