Originally published at Henri Maillardet
A rule of thumb says that office jewellery should be minimal, comfortable, and limited to no more than three pieces. But what if you want to show off your personality and add some style to your outfits?
When it comes to creating a professional wardrobe, being more selective with what you purchase is worth it, even if that results in you buying fewer items. Not only will you look better, you’ll also get more value for your money because your closet won’t end up full of clothes you never get the chance to wear. The same is true of jewellery. Building a tasteful jewellery collection for work is important for any professional.
But selecting the appropriate jewellery for office is a challenging task. On the one hand, you try to add that little glamour and personality to your formal look. On the other, you don’t want to appear flashy and over the top. A rule of thumb says that office jewellery should be minimal, comfortable, and limited to no more than three pieces. But what if you want to show off your personality and add some style to your outfits?
The good news is that you can – and there is no bad news! Sure, you’re going to want to keep it simple and elegant, but who doesn’t love a classic, luxury piece that goes with, well, everything?
The first step towards choosing your work jewellery is evaluating your office environment. If you’re unsure, begin with something classic that you can wear every day to complete your professional look. Once you get a feel for what’s expected of you at the office, you can build on it over time. Our collections are great places to start, but, if you’re new to work-appropriate jewellery pieces, let’s look at a few general guidelines.
Minimalism – The key to creating a great office jewellery look
One thing is true: minimalist, clean lines, and refined sophistication do underscore the new everyday basic, especially when it comes to workwear. Especially in the more conservative office environments, delicate, feminine jewellery interacting with the body through fluid shapes and contours without distracting will be most appreciated. You can look stylish and keep it subtle.
Here, it’s best to go for minimal daily wear jewellery, such as a simple pendant or small studs, and leave the large hoop earrings at home. But you can absolutely pick a classy and subtle bracelet to add grace to your look, such as the elegant Möbius Ellipse Bracelet – Petite in 18K yellow gold, as you will likely be using a lot of hand gestures. Avoid, however, wearing statement pieces that attract too much attention.
Try not to go for heavy jewellery either, as it may get uncomfortable during the day. Delicate diamond jewellery adds elegance to the everyday work attire, and tends not to be too heavy. Such pieces will also match all your outfits for years to come, so are well worth the investment. Take, for example, the classic and stunning Möbius Diamond Full Pavé Ring – Petite in 18K yellow gold.
Not all office environments are the same, though. In more relaxed office environments you can inject a surge of creative energy into everything – including jewellery. Statement pieces will be appreciated here, so feel free to bring in a fresh air of casual elegance with handmade creations, or make a bold style statement by mixing metal finishes, weights and chain patterns.
The only rule? Try to limit it to one statement jewellery piece, such as a big bold necklace, or rainbow jewellery encrusted with a variety of multicoloured stones. If you enjoy following trends, striking geometric forms accentuated with sparkling natural diamonds (evoking memories of art deco symmetry) are must-have contemporary wear. But, even if the environment is more relaxed and allows you to inject some personality into your outfit, you should still say no to noisy, clinking or distracting jewellery.
One of the most important things to consider when picking out office jewellery, regardless of the office dress code, is the noise level. Whether it’s bracelets that hit off your keyboard when you type, bangles banging against each other or even just a single large bracelet or ring hitting your desk, keep in mind that your jewellery shouldn’t be loud. Stacking bracelets are fine if they’re quiet and your office vibe is more on the creative side, but a set of clanking chains and charms are not.
When in doubt, go for a diamond watch instead. Just as you can’t go wrong with classic looks, you can’t go wrong with a watch that says that you’re punctual and professional. A diamond watch absolutely is more than just a timepiece – it’s a piece of beautiful jewellery to complement your work outfit. Pair it with the stunning Möbius Diamond Full Pavé Ring – Petite in 18K white gold for maximum effect.
At formal functions, wear jewellery that makes you look professional as well as stylish. Pick jewellery that compliments your dress and uplifts your look without attracting too much attention. Try crystal jewellery if you want to add a little sparkle to your simple outfit, or go for a delicate rose-gold bracelet like the elegant Möbius Ellipse Bracelet – Petite in 18K rosé gold if you’re wearing a stylish dress instead.
A piece of advice here, if you’re opting for crystal jewellery: when comparing similar pieces of jewellery, do think twice before opting for the cheaper option. Even if you can’t always tell, the stones in the pricier piece are likely to be greater in quality, and, unlike the less costly alternative, will have been treated in a way that ensures they remain of the highest quality over time.
For client meetings, a more formal approach is also preferred: nothing too ostentatious, too flashy, or too casual. Keep it elegant with a classy pendant, like the amazing Möbius Diamond Full Pavé Necklace in 18K white gold or Möbius Diamond Full Pavé Necklace in 18K rosé gold. Our entire Möbius concept is based on unity and non-duality: two sides and two edges are joined and become one side and one edge.
Statement pieces are great for when you want to attend office parties – finally! Informal, casual office parties are aimed at creating a friendly atmosphere outside of the workspace and relieving some stress, so this is your time to shine. Select one statement piece, such as a diamond choker or dangle earrings, and downplay others. A statement piece doesn’t have to be all about the spark, if that’s not your thing. Instead, choose something with a striking detail and get ready to be seen!
The statement jewellery piece will be the finishing touch which will bring your entire look together and provide just the right amount of colour and character to make you memorable – so it’s important to choose well. Why not pair a gorgeous V-neck dress with an eye-catching necklace, such as the Opera Deus Double Side Diamond and Sapphire Medium Necklace in 18K white gold, for example?
Or, if you enjoy flower motifs, choose the lovely Infinity Flower Diamond Necklace in 18K rosé gold or even the elegant dangle Infinity Flower Diamond and Ruby Earrings in 18K rosé gold. The diamonds and rubies stand for the perpetual focus on spirituality, love, beauty and power, and you will absolutely stand out. Remember, a smart, confident, and poised look doesn’t have to be boring. It just has to be well-planned.
Dangle earrings could also be worn at your workplace, for as long as they are simple and elegant. The adorable pair Infinity Flower Diamond and Sapphire Earrings in 18K white gold may dangle down, yet they are so light that you’ll hardly feel them! Such a chic and dazzling piece goes well with a high ponytail, if you want it to be seen. If you’d rather not draw too much attention, simply let your hair down.
As you become more confident in building your own jewellery collection for work, you will undoubtedly find your rhythm – and get better at decorating your outfits. Some people focus on one brand for all their key pieces, while others leap to possess everything that captures their imagination. There’s no right or wrong. Jewellery is all about personal expression, and there are unlimited ways to create an exceptional collection.
The most important thing is to have fun with it. Jewellery provides the final touch to your professional wear and refreshes the most monotonous of outfits. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to invest in your first luxury jewellery piece from one of our collections and prepare to put your best professional foot forward. Who knows where it will take you?