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Heavy-Metal Jewelry

by Jill Manoff

Meet the season’s essential, mix-and-matchable extras.
This season, we’re crossing our tees and stud-dotting our…everything. It’s all about metal jewelry with studs, spikes, crosses and skulls, and—by way of arm candy one day, a cross necklace the next—we’re adding it to outfits across the board. (It’s just the thing for adding a little “something extra” or a touch of punk, which is so perfect for fall!) Love the look? Get it now. (Despite its tough vibe, it’s oh-so-easy!) We’ve got your guide.

Personalize It
Forget overhauling your jewelry box and accessorizing from scratch; your trusty bangles, sentimental ring and bold gold watch are definitely still a go! The season’s new, edgy pieces will pair perfectly with your old favorites—and mixing the two will keep the look uniquely “you.”

Centralize It
When stacked (our preference!), the new jewelry reads like a statement piece. As the rules of statement pieces go? Wear one at a time: Keep the focus on major earrings or a handful of rings (never both!). Wearing a busy outfit? Go for single pieces (think a delicate bracelet or a long strand necklace) that won’t distract.

Keep It Interesting
When it comes to wearing the new jewelry right, it’s all about balance—specifically, a balance of classic metals and trendy textures. Working a lot of silver bracelets? Be sure they contain plenty of stud and spike embellishments. Love wearing crosses around your neck? Make two chains silver, the other three gold.