For a long time, I used to only wear trendy jewelry items that I could get for cheap. Well, a few itchy earlobes and weird green-blue ring marks later, I eventually learned my lesson: Investing in high-quality jewelry metals would save my sensitive skin and make for an allover more polished appearance. If you’re not sure where to start with your jewelry metals, this expert guide might come in handy.
That said, I’ve taken to investing in classic jewelry staples like signet rings, gold hoop earrings, and dainty chain necklaces. Since I wear a lot of jewelry at once, I’ve searched far and wide for these classic pieces I can count on not to tarnish after nonstop wear (yep, I even keep some items on while showering or swimming). After 365 consecutive days of wearing and loving these pieces, I can wholeheartedly say that each of them is worth the investment because you should be able to own good jewelry items for your whole life.
Ahead, see how I wore each of these eight items—necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and even an anklet—over the last year and then shop my forever pieces.