Wearing the right jewelry is like having special powers: You can take an ensemble from ho-hum to hot with just the clip of an earring or the clasp of a necklace. But selecting the perfect piece is daunting. Gold or silver? Costume or fine? Trendy or non?
“For pieces that you will have for ages, choose great quality and collectibles,” says Karen Giberson, the president of the Accessories Council. She’s currently crushing on colored metals, which have the ability to lift one’s mood. See? Special powers, indeed.
Faceted Stone Teardrop Drop Earrings ($10) at Avenue
Just like the beloved swinging chandelier style—only better. It’s like three classic looks in one!
Faceted Stone Teardrop Drop Earrings at Avenue

Jules Smith Large Americana Classic Hoops ($24) at Bluefly
A solid pair of gold hoops goes with everything, and the slightly matte finish adds a sophisticated flair.
Jules Smith Large Americana Classic Hoops at Bluefly

Logo Metropolis Studs ($850) at Ivanka Trump Collection
Feel like a Trump—or at least look like one—in yellow gold studs that have a certain “it” factor.
Logo Metropolis Studs at Ivanka Trump Collection

Maria Francesca Pepe Encrusted Triple Ring Ear Cuff ($88) at Intermix
Don an eye-catching cuff, but be prepared to answer, “Where’d you get those earrings?” all night long.
Maria Francesca Pepe Encrusted Triple Ring Ear Cuff at Intermix

Rhinestone & Triangle Studs Earrings ($6) at Charlotte Russe
Have a fear of commitment? Hedge your bets with an unbeatable set of six studs for $6. (Do the math on that one.)
Rhinestone & Triangle Studs Earrings at Charlotte Russe

Kendra Scott Multi-Stone Statement Bib Necklace ($84.50) at Last Call by Neiman Marcus
The ombré-obsessed will go bonkers for an of-the-moment chunky bib in varying pale shades.
Kendra Scott Multi-Stone Statement Bib Necklace at Last Call by Neiman Marcus

Silver Curb Chain Necklace ($78) at Caché
A double silver chain is the kind of necklace that gets noticed for all the right reasons. It adds dimension under button-up blouses and around the collar of everyday sweaters.
Silver Curb Chain Necklace at Caché

Carolee Faux Pearl and Pave Gold Illusion Necklace ($75) at Lord & Taylor
Special occasions call for delicate embellishment. Tasteful yet unforgettable, pearls and pavé are a match made in accessory heaven.
Carolee Faux Pearl and Pave Gold Illusion Necklace at Lord & Taylor

Beaded Mesh-Chain Bib Necklace ($49.95) at New York & Company
Every once in a while, a girl’s gotta go big or go home. That’s where a fashion bib steps in. So much color for such little effort!
Beaded Mesh-Chain Bib Necklace at New York & Company

Necklace ($4.95) at H&M
What would Jesus do? For starters, buy this $4.95 cross necklace as a show of good faith.
Silver cross necklace at H&M
Etched Ring-to-Wrist ($20) at Urban Outfitters
Do as the rock stars do, and try a ring-to-wrist as an experiment in edgy.
Etched Ring-to-Wrist at Urban Outfitters

Cushion Cut Stone Ring ($78) at Coach
Every girl needs a bit of “just in case” turquoise. This ring is bright enough to make an impact without the Santa Fe–overkill vibe.
Cushion Cut Stone Ring at Coach

Alexis Bittar Kiwi Cluster Ring ($225) at Neiman Marcus
[Editor’s Note: Alexis Bittar is one of Karen’s favorite designers!]
Take the cocktail ring to the next level with a cluster of luscious stones featuring an under-the-sea motif.
Alexis Bittar Kiwi Cluster Ring at Neiman Marcus

GUESS Rose-Gold-Tone Marquise Stone Ring ($20) at Macy’s
Branch out with a crystal-encrusted creation that’s anything but ordinary. Ideal as a right hand ring or special event stunner.
GUESS Rose-Gold-Tone Marquise Stone Ring at Macy’s

Love, Anchor and Infinity Rings ($14.50) at Claire’s
How many rings are too many? One on each finger is probably plenty. And this set of 10 covers all the bases.
Love, Anchor and Infinity Rings at Claire’s

Silver Bar Cuff Bracelet ($33.75) at Lucky Brand
Minimalism is finally having its day, and this sleek cuff proves that sometimes less is more.
Silver Bar Cuff Bracelet at Lucky Brand

Ciana Bangles ($39) at Chico’s
Talk about a gold rush. Nothing withstands the test of time quite like a stack of thin bangles. Just ask Cleopatra! Wear ’em all on one arm, or spread the love to both wrists.
Ciana Bangles at Chico’s

Miansai Gold Mini Hook Wrap Bracelet ($95) at Barneys
A leather wrap bracelet is one of those pieces you can pile on summer after summer. The gold hardware is subtly luxurious and will work on its own or with a watch.
Miansai Gold Mini Hook Wrap Bracelet at Barneys

Floral Stone Cuff Bracelet ($68) at BCBG
With a bracelet so sparkly, who needs an outfit? Jokes aside, this cuff is the definition of arm candy. Just add studs and call it a day.
Floral Stone Cuff Bracelet at BCBG

Evil Eye Bracelet Set ($14.90) at Delia’s
Teenage girls are notorious for losing bracelets. Coming in at under $15, this evil eye set wards off potential cafeteria bullies and is NBD (that’s “no big deal” to you) if one ends up in the lost and found.
Evil Eye Bracelet Set at Delia’s
Riley Multi Function Stainless Steel Watch in Rose Gold ($145) at Fossil
There’s absolutely nothing practical about this rose-gold-andcerulean-blue watch, but that’s fine by me. In the hottest metallic hue of the decade, it’s a stunner worth every penny.
Riley Multi Function Stainless Steel Watch in Rose Gold at Fossil

Timex Classic Tortoise Print Leather Strap Watch ($70.00) at Bloomingdale’s
Simply put, nothing is quite as classic as a Timex. Additionally, the tortoise band makes for one versatile timepiece.
Timex Classic Tortoise Print Leather Strap Watch at Bloomingdale’s

CK Simplicity Black Leather Watch ($220) at Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein ushered in the Kate Moss era of minimalism way back when, so who better to construct the aptly named Simplicity wristwatch?
Calvin Klein CK Simplicity Black Leather Watch

Kate Spade Skyline Watch ($225) at Saks Fifth Avenue
Boasting tortoise shell, gold and pops of pink, this Kate Spade watch has got it going on. It’s a conversation starter if ever there was one.
Kate Spade Skyline Watch at Saks Fifth Avenue

Quirky Mustache Watch ($16.80) at Forever 21
This is really cheap and really stinkin’ cute, too. Channel your inner Zooey Deschanel, and let that nerd flag fly.
Quirky Mustache Watch at Forever 21

Premium Neon Flower Headband ($85) at Topshop
Not your typical hippie-inspired wreath, this neon headpiece still packs a decidedly groovy punch.
Premium Neon Flower Headband at Topshop

Initial Charm ($28) at Juicy Couture
’Cause if you liked it, then you should have put an initial on it. After all, your own name never goes out of style.
Initial Charm at Juicy Couture

Adriana Orsini Pavé Pin ($120) at Saks Fifth Avenue
Long after The Great Gatsby mania dies down, this Art Deco brooch will remain as chic as ever. Yes, even on a basic T-shirt.
Adriana Orsini Pavé Pin at Saks Fifth Avenue

Snake Pendant Body Chain ($32) at Bebe
Breathe new life into that little black dress with a body chain. Let the snake pendant do all the charming for you.
Snake Pendant Body Chain at Bebe

Sterling Silver Polished Domed Toe Ring ($16.15) at Zales
The ’90s, otherwise known as the “toe ring decade,” is back in a big way. Nail the throwback look with a reasonably priced sterling silver piece that would do Melrose Place proud.
Sterling Silver Polished Domed Toe Ring at Zales