I'm Super Picky When It Comes to Jewelry—These Cool Finds Passed My Test

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(Image credit: @alyssainthecity; Pictured: Timeless Pearly Gold Heart & Pearl Drop Mismatch Earrings ($295))

A few years ago, catching me without gobs and gobs of jewelry on would never happen, period. Earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces covered my body, usually causing a tangled mess of chains, clasps, and pendants that I'd then have to meticulously unravel for hours on end. Eventually, it got to be too much, and I started to edit down my jewelry collection—both in my jewelry box and on my body—until I began only wearing a small handful of pieces on a daily basis with a few rogue statement items being added when necessary for a certain look. 

Having gone from the least picky jewelry shopper to the pickiest one, I've learned something about what's really worth buying and what's better left in the display case. And I don't mean just because of a piece's price tag. From timeless items you'll own forever to trendy baubles that will serve your outfits (and your Instagram feed) well, the mightily cool jewelry pieces ahead all passed my particularly grueling test. I get the feeling they will pass yours too. 

Coming up: 6 Formerly "Dated" Jewelry Trends That Will Be Big This Fall

Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.