When I’m preparing to break the Internet with a selfie (and by that, I mean simply swing a few likes on Instagram), there are a few things I consider essential. Great hair and makeup are usually what prompt me to take the selfie in the first place. Good lighting is a must, of course. A cute pose can be the hardest part of all, but I’ve learned one trick: Add some interest so your audience has something besides just your face to focus on. For me, a little bit of bling does the trick, so I’ve rounded up a few trendy jewelry pieces guaranteed to make your selfies more stylish.
How does it work? Allow me to break it down. A photo of your face with a gorgeous earring peeking out from behind a few strands of hair is immediately more interesting. A chest-up selfie looks more relaxed with a hand — decked out in chic rings and bracelets — resting effortlessly against the neck, or running fingers through the hair. A necklace is always a good excuse for a commenter to strike up a conversation beneath your photo, be it a piece that makes a major statement or a staple you wear every single day. If you haven’t found the proper picks to amp up your selfies and your jewelry collection just yet, read on for my favorite pieces, and don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a few.
Twinkly Little Stars
The designers at Mejuri are experts when it comes to dainty pieces that make a big statement. Exhibit A? This 14-karat, solid yellow gold chain bracelet, accented with the most special little stars. It’s the perfect pop of gold to catch the light mid-pose.
Shop Now: Mejuri Nova Bracelet, $159
Luxe Stackable Rings
When shopping rings, look for pieces that are pretty enough to stand alone, but would also look great layered. (You know, so you can continue expanding your collection!) Charles & Colvard use moissanite, a rare natural mineral, in place of actual diamonds, so you can afford to buy as many pieces as you’d like. This 14-karat rose gold ring is as gorgeous as they come.
When I was a kid, there was nothing cooler than sporting an oversized monogram necklace. Anybody else? Fortunately, as time has passed and styles have changed, repping your own initials has gotten a whole lot more chic. This micropavé cubic zirconia letter comes on a diamond-ball cut chain, that balances out the bling with a little bit of edge.
I’ve always been a fan of snake-inspired jewelry, but I admit, the look can sometimes feel a bit cheesy or costume-y. These 18-karat, gold-plated brass June Nineteen hoops are a more abstract take on ancient Baltic serpents, and the clean, simple design makes them a wearable new classic.
Shop Now: June Nineteen Serpent Earrings, $260
Something about freshwater pearls worn in summer is just so dreamy, don’t you think? This thin gold bracelet features nine natural freshwater pearls, and of course, no two are the same. If you’re really feeling this vibe, Maria Black Jewellery sells similar designs as earrings, necklaces, and even hair accessories. Yes, please.
Available in 9 colorways, this ring is basically taking over Instagram as we speak, and I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve seen it. Something about the multicolored glass stone baguettes against the gold plating strikes the perfect balance of whimsical and elegant, and it’s the ideal piece to jazz up a simple outfit.
Shop Now: BaubleBar Alidia Ring in Multi, $44
I would never have guessed a BFF charm could be so chic. Kendra Scott’s 14-karat, gold-plated charms look a little like puka shells, and a lot like two halves of a heart that got a stylish, wearable upgrade. At $35 for both charms (sans chains, obvi!), you can snag a set for you and your BFF without breaking the bank.
I know gold is the preferred metal of Instagram, but don’t sleep on silver. These chunky, oval hoops would look great paired with a street style fit, and the irregular shape and cool-toned metal give off laid-back, still-stylish vibes.
Unsurprisingly, the puka shell trend has stood its ground from festival season all the way into summer, and it’s not going away anytime soon. These 22-karat, gold-plated brass “shells” are a great way to try incorporate a bit of glamor into this beachy trend, and the slipknot closure makes this piece easy to slide on and off, according to your outfit.
Shop Now: Tohum Large Puka Shell Bracelet, $280
Shiny, flawless, “perfect” pieces are out, and edgy, distressed, hammered texture is in. This 10-karat gold cocktail ring by Alexis Bittar is proof, and although it will definitely catch the eye of anyone who looks, it’s still wearable enough to don on the daily — and in multiple selfies, of course — so you’ll get your money’s worth.
Good Luck Charm
This is a piece that’s both stylish and sincere, and it would make an excellent gift for any jewelry-lovers out there. This gold-plated silver fortune cookie snaps open locket-style, to reveal a rolled-up note. What’s it say? That part is up to you. You can select a quote or fortune from the list on their site, or write in your own note for the wearer to keep on them at all times.
Huggies are officially the most popular earrings of the summer; they’re basically teeny tiny hoops that “hug” your earlobes for a snug fit. This 14-karat, yellow gold earring features white sapphires and diamonds for a little bit of bling, and it would look so good paired with a simple stud, should you happen to have two lobe piercings.
Chloé clothes and handbags are beautiful, of course, but their jewelry is what always catches my eye when I shop their stuff. This bracelet is both dainty and intense, made of palladium brass and inspired by the look of wrinkled aluminum, and it’s unlikely you’ll ever run into anyone wearing anything similar.
Shop Now: Chloé Anouck Bracelet, $305
What can I say? I have a soft spot for personalization. This minimalist 14-karat gold AUrate ring can be engraved with the letter of your choosing, and it’s a lot more understated than the blingy pavé initial mentioned earlier. Pick your poison — just be sure to buy one for me with my initial, too.
Shop Now: AUrate Mini Medallion Ring, $140
It’s not always about what’s dangling at the end of the necklace — sometimes, the chain itself can be the best part. This 18-karat, gold-plated brass piece has a hinge closure that allows it to be worn as a lariat, and the rectangular chain links are unique, but still simple and clean.
Shop Now: Gorjana Parker Necklace, $65
Last but not least, something for the jewelry lovers who just so happen to have metal allergies. Tini Lux specialize in pieces made with hypoallergenic titanium, and the 14-karat gold coating on these bold hoops still gives them a super luxe finish. You’d never know they were under $70 bucks.
Shop Now: Tini Lux Jump Through Hoops, $65
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