How to Start Your Jewelry Collection

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Diving headfirst into the sparkling sea of jewelry collections can seem like a Herculean task. 

You're on the hunt for those magical pieces that mirror your personality and will make your heart flutter whenever you wear them. 

They might become staple pieces of your family collection and be cherished heirlooms handed down through generations.

Each piece has its own story captured in time.

But fear not, budding jewelry collectors! We get it. Navigating necklaces, exploring earrings, and ruminating over rings can be a tremendous task.

So we're here to tell you - starting from scratch is utterly brilliant!

You've got a trove of gems and sparkles to explore.

We've cooked up a step-by-step guide that'll have you curating your jewelry collection without breaking a sweat. 

So, pull up a chair, and let's delve into the dazzling world of jewelry...

Building Your Jewelry Empire 101

Get Color Savvy

The wonderful world of jewelry is awash with color. And the hue of the metal you pick can be a game-changer for your skin tone and fashion choices.

Generally, we're looking at a trio of metallic shades - the classic silver, the ever-elegant gold, and the oh-so-pretty rose gold.

Silver, with its cool, chic vibe, can be a fantastic addition to your treasure trove, especially if you sport a cooler or neutral undertone.

This modern metallic shade plays well with most colors, ensuring you'll never clash with your outfit.

On the flip side, gold brings its warm allure to the table.

From subtle to deep tones, gold pieces radiate a timeless elegance that never fades.

Gold could be your perfect style match if you have a warmer skin tone.

And let's not forget rose gold, the endearing offspring of gold and copper. Its blushing, pinkish hue flatters any skin tone.

If you're looking for a dash of femininity and a pinch of uniqueness, rose gold's your go-to.

But hey, let's not be too rigid!

The beauty of personal style lies in its freedom. Mix and match, or flout the rule book and go with what makes your heart sing.

Embrace Your Style

Unearthing your unique style is key to curating a so YOU collection.

The beauty of personal style is that it's like a river, forever flowing and changing course with your experiences, tastes, and personality.

Take a peek into your wardrobe. You might want to court the classic and refined pieces if they lean towards business casual or formal.

But if your style is more laid-back or boho-chic, you might find yourself lured by the artsy and unconventional.

Think of jewelry styles as a spectrum ranging from classic to contemporary to vintage.

The classic corner houses those timeless pieces that never go out of style, like diamond solitaire rings or pearl necklaces.

Then we have contemporary jewelry, the playground of trendy, statement-making designs.

And for those who love a good throwback, vintage jewelry gives your collection a sprinkle of old-world charm.

Just remember, variety is the spice of life (and of jewelry collections!). Your collection should be a kaleidoscope of styles.

What matters most is that you fall in love with each piece, making you beam every time you see it.

Researching Jewelry Styles

Let's admit it, curating a jewelry collection that resonates with your unique style requires a sprinkle of research.

Plunging into the sparkling world of jewelry not only helps you comprehend the variety of pieces available but also opens the door to discovering your personal preferences.

Get started by scrolling through online jewelry boutiques, keeping an eagle eye out for those shiny pieces that make your heart skip a beat.

Do you find yourself hypnotized by a certain metal or gemstone?

Are some styles whispering to your fashion sense more than others?

Next, think about going on a mini-expedition to brick-and-mortar stores or jewelry expos.

There's something magical about holding a piece, trying it on, and seeing how it dances with your skin tone and style.

Of course, you can always draw inspiration from glossy fashion magazines, savvy bloggers, or your favorite style influencers on social media.

Look at their choice of jewelry and how they're styling it, and you might strike a gold mine of ideas.

Have a Favorite Gemstone Cut?

Gemstones, with their kaleidoscopic colors and shapes, can be the crown jewel of any piece.

One crucial aspect that can transform the allure of a gemstone is its cut.

From the classic round and princess cuts to the enchanting radiant and oval cuts, each shape tells a different style story.

Round cuts, famous for their dazzling brilliance, are often loved for their eternal charm.

Princess cuts exude a contemporary vibe with their crisp, sleek lines.

Fancier cuts like marquise, pear, or oval can sprinkle a unique sparkle to your jewelry.

These cuts not only appear larger but also carry a nostalgic vintage air.

If your style diary screams "unconventional," consider exploring unusual cuts like trilliant or baguette.

But remember, the gemstone cut isn't just about aesthetics.

It can affect how light dances with the gem, how the color plays out, and even how large the stone appears.

So, take a leisurely stroll through the world of cuts and see which ones tickle your fancy.

And as always, let your heart lead the way.

What Style Makes Your Heart Flutter?

Your go-to style is like a secret handshake between you and your jewelry.

Be it classic fine pieces, contemporary designs, or vintage gems, your preference is a snapshot of your unique style narrative.

Classic Fine Jewelry

Classic fine jewelry whispers tales of timelessness and elegance.

These pieces, think solitaire diamond rings, gold bangles, or pearl necklaces, offer a charm immune to fashion trends' whims.

With their understated elegance and versatility, they can slide effortlessly into any occasion or outfit.

If your style mantra echoes tradition, simplicity, and flexibility, classic fine jewelry could be your match.

Contemporary Fine Jewelry

Contemporary fine jewelry is all about painting outside the lines.

These pieces flaunt fresh, unique designs and often play with unconventional materials and shapes.

If you're always on top of the latest trends or if your style screams modern and minimalist, contemporary jewelry could be your style soulmate.


Vintage jewelry transports you to a time capsule filled with old-world charm.

Each piece narrates a story from its era, showcasing craftsmanship that may be rare in modern designs.

If your heart beats for history, detailed work, and one-of-a-kind designs, vintage could be your preferred style.

Keep in mind, though, that vintage pieces may not be as plentiful as classic or contemporary, given their age and scarcity.

Have a Designer Crush?

Sometimes, a particular jewelry designer's style, craftsmanship, or vision might strike a chord with you.

If you find yourself repeatedly drawn to a certain designer's creations, it could be a sign that their artistic vision aligns with your aesthetic.

Whether it's the rebellious designs of Alexander McQueen, the timeless charm of Tiffany & Co., or the iconic motifs of Chanel, understanding your designer crush can help curate a collection that mirrors your style.

But remember, don't let brands dictate your fashion choices.

The piece that makes you feel invincible and joyous is the true winner.

Start with Solid Basics

Just like a house needs a sturdy foundation, your jewelry collection thrives on a solid base.

Kick off with essentials like a high-quality pair of earrings or a versatile necklace, and then gradually sprinkle in unique or statement pieces.

Play with Necklace Lengths

Try out different necklace lengths to stir up your style.

Choker or collar necklaces can add a dash of modernity, while princess or matinee lengths lean towards the classic side.

Different lengths can drastically shift an outfit's vibe, so keeping a variety on hand can keep your style game strong.

Explore Earring Styles

Start with a trusty stud and then explore other styles like hoops, dangles, or drop earrings.

Each style carries a distinct mood and can jazz up your look depending on your outfit and the occasion.

Take Good Care of Your Treasures

To keep your shiny treasures glowing for a long time, make sure to give them the TLC they deserve.

Proper storage is crucial.

If you're unsure, our handy guide on the best ways to store silver & gold can help!

Broaden Your Jewelry Horizon

Don't box yourself into traditional jewelry types. Venture out and explore other accessories.

Embrace Statement Pieces

Statement pieces like a chunky necklace or oversized earrings can catapult your outfit from average to awe-inspiring.

They're perfect for adding a pinch of drama and a scoop of personality.


A thoughtfully chosen watch isn't just a timepiece; it's a style statement.

It's a subtle way to communicate your style quotient.


Brooches are like the hidden gems of the jewelry world. They can add a retro charm to a jacket, scarf, or bag.

Experiment and let your jewelry collection reflect the spectrum of your style.

Our Favorite Pieces

Ben Garelick High Polished & Textured Paperclip Necklace

BGLG Westport Lab-Grown Diamond Anniversary Band

The Jewel in Your Collection

The joy of jewelry is in its sheer versatility. 

Whether it's dazzling gemstones in a myriad of cuts or the chic allure of vintage pieces, your collection reflects your taste, a canvas for your creativity.

Classic, contemporary, or vintage - what's your style calling?

Are you drawn to the grandeur of statement pieces or the timeless elegance of watches and brooches? 

Jewelry collecting is about the thrill of discovery, the stories each piece tells, and the personal connections you form with your cherished pieces. 

If you need guidance or inspiration, remember that our experts at Ben Garelick are only a click or visit away.

Let your passion for jewelry lead the way. 

Discover, explore, and indulge in the wonderful world of jewelry at Ben Garelick. 

Your dazzling collection awaits!

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store today. Not nearby?

Not to worry - chat with our jewelry experts online 24/7, call us on (716) 631-1584, or text (716) 574-0966. Let’s find the perfect pieces to add to your new collection!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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