Creating a Capsule Jewelry Collection: Essential Jewelry Every Woman Needs

In a world with so many choices, making decisions can be overwhelming. When it comes to choosing clothes and accessories each day, it can be even more overwhelming. Many have turned to creating capsule wardrobes. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing you love that can be mixed and matched for almost any occasion. It takes a lot of the decision-making out of choosing what to wear. The same principles apply to your jewelry collection. There are some jewelry staples that can be styled with both casual and formal outfits and look absolutely fabulous. 

Today we are creating a capsule jewelry collection and sharing a list of the essential jewelry every woman needs! 


Earrings for Your Capsule Jewelry Collection

Earrings are wonderful for drawing attention and adding interest to your face. Here are our earring recommendations for a capsule jewelry collection.

Diamond Stud Earrings and/or Pearl Studs

A great pair of diamond stud earrings are timeless, versatile, and can be worn with just about anything! They look great with a t-shirt and jeans or your favorite little black dress. A 1.00-carat weight is the most popular choice all around and for everyday wear diamond stud earrings between 0.25 and 1.00 are recommended. Round and princess cuts are the most popular choice for diamond stud earrings. Both cuts bring the maximum amount of brilliance and sparkle.

Pearl studs are another great addition to your capsule jewelry collections. While there is no perfect size recommended, smaller pearls are more for everyday wear and larger pearl earrings are more eye-catching and dramatic. Pearls are sized in 0.5 mm increments. 6.5 mm is the smaller size for a more casual look while 10 mm and up are the most dramatic in size. 

close up of diamond stud earrings in a woman's hand

A Great Pair of Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings come in various sizes and metals, adding a touch of elegance and flair to any outfit. Choose white gold or silver for a cooler metal, yellow gold for a warmer look, or both! Hoop earrings can be styled in so many different ways with different looks it is worth having a pair in both metals in your capsule. 

A selection of different sized diamond hoop earrings

Colored Gemstone Earrings

Apart from diamond studs, having a pair of earrings with colored gemstones adds vibrancy and variety to your collection. These can be stud earrings or dainty pendant earrings with the colored gemstone of your choice. Many choose a birthstone or just their favorite colored gemstone. For a capsule jewelry collection, you may find our blog post The Right Jewelry for Your Color Season to help you find the best gemstone colors for your skin coloring. 

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Pretty Pendant Earrings

For the special nights out or the days you are just feeling a little extra, a pair of pretty pendant earrings are exactly what you need to step up your look. You may choose a simpler modern style pendant earring or go with a vintage bespoke look for a more dramatic flair. 

pair of sterling silver dangle earrings with aquamarine stones

Necklaces for Your Jewelry Capsule Collection

Everyone loves a great necklace when styling their outfits. Here are a few of our favorite necklaces that look great with a variety of looks!

Chain Necklace

A metal chain necklace is a great addition to your capsule jewelry collection. Layered necklaces are trending now and while jewelry capsule collections are meant to be classic in nature and not following trends- a great chain necklace fits both categories! Choose a white metal or yellow metal or both for your necklace. If you prefer a dramatic look, opt for a shorter, chunkier chain necklace. For a more minimal look, a smaller chain necklace with a little length on it can pull an outfit together with class! 

silver and gold paper clip chain necklaces styled next to a yellow and green flower arrangement

Pearl Necklace

A string of pearls is an elegant and traditional piece that adds a touch of refinement to formal occasions or even everyday outfits. Choose a more traditional strand of pearls or a chain with a pearl pendant instead. Pair these with your pearl stud earrings and you are ready to go! 

pearl necklace with a diamond pendant in a red jewelry box with white lining

Statement Necklace

 A statement necklace is a bold, eye-catching piece that can instantly elevate a simple ensemble. The chunky metal chain necklace we discussed above could also check this box for a statement necklace if you wanted. Many choose a favorite gemstone or vintage-style statement necklace that adds a pop of color or contrast with neutral colors. 

woman wearing a white sweater and a gold locket pendant on a gold necklace chain

Delicate Pendant Necklace

A delicate pendant necklace, such as a dainty gold or silver chain with a small pendant, is a versatile piece that can be worn daily or layered with other necklaces. Layer it with the chain necklace mentioned above or wear it alone for a sweet feminine look. Diamond pendants always look good but many choose to personalize the pendant with an initial, favorite emblem, or birthstone. 

14k vintage style filigree diamond pendant laying on wooden background


Rings for Your Jewelry Capsule Collection

Rings are so fun and easy to wear. Check out these jewelry staples that should be in every jewelry collection!

Stackable Rings

Stackable rings allow for creativity and personalization, as you can mix and match different metals, gemstones, or designs to create a unique look. While this recommendation borders on trending, it makes the cut for a capsule jewelry collection because of the high impact it makes as such a small addition. Look for a set of stackable rings in the colored metal of your choice and make them the jewelry focal point of your outfit that day! 

A stack of gemstone rings bands with diamonds and blue sapphires

A Fun Cocktail Ring

Every woman needs a fun cocktail ring in her capsule jewelry collection. Also called right-hand rings, cocktail rings add a fun and personal touch to your accessories. The ring needs to mean something to the wearer or simply bring joy when they see it on their finger. Choose a modern gemstone in your favorite color or a vintage ring steeped in history and detail! 

a fancy orange brown diamond with antique retro mounting is a perfect right hand ring

Bracelets for Your Jewelry Capsule Collection

Cuff Bracelet

A cuff bracelet, whether in gold, silver or with gemstone embellishments, can make a bold statement and adds a chic touch to your wrist. These can instantly upgrade a more casual look with jeans or slacks or add an elegant touch to that long dress you are wearing for a special occasion! 

silver diamond dust cuff bracelet


Simple Chain Bracelet

A simple chain bracelet is a versatile piece that can be worn alone or layered with other bracelets for a trendy, stacked look. For a more sophisticated look consider a diamond or gemstone tennis bracelet. 

two-tone gold and silver chain bracelets on woman's arm

Bangle Set

A set of bangles, either in gold, silver or with different textures and designs, can be stacked together or worn individually for a boho-chic or sophisticated look. If your capsule jewelry collection is heavy in metals, consider a set of leather bangle bracelets to add some dimension to your collection. Many are embellished with pearls or other earthy gemstones for a natural and chic look. 

closeup of woman wearing a stack of mixed metal charles garnier bangle bracelets

Let Isbell Jewelers Help You Choose the Perfect Jewelry

Our jewelers at Isbell can help you curate the perfect capsule jewelry collection. We carry a wide selection of earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets and pendants. Stop by our showroom today and let’s grow your collection together! 


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