Emily Tebbutt is the Jewellery Commercial Manager at Ramsdens Jewellery. Here, she shares her top 5 tips if you are interested in creating a capsule jewellery collection that stands the test of time.
A Capsule Jewellery Collection? Why Bother?
We’re all becoming increasingly aware of how our lifestyles and shopping habits affect the environment. As the fashion industry is often claimed to be the world’s second largest polluter, it’s important we start looking at ways to make our wardrobes and jewellery boxes more sustainable.
It’s primarily fast fashion that is responsible for the damage the industry is causing: it’s become all too common for us to think we can only wear specific outfits once or twice. This means we’re buying and throwing away more clothing and accessories than ever before. But, as a result, manufacturers are constantly having to churn out new products, and the world’s waste management systems are being pushed to their limits.
So, if you’re looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment, reducing your fashion consumption is a great move. This doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a wardrobe and jewellery box full of pieces you love – it’s just about collecting items you’ll be happy to wear again and again over time. I recommend you choose high quality pieces to make that possible.
To help you make your accessories collection more sustainable, I’m going to explain how you can create a capsule jewellery collection you’ll wear and cherish for years to come.
5 TIPS FOR CREATING A CAPSULE JEWELLERY COLLECTION
1 Prioritise quality over quantity
You may be worried you cannot afford to invest in high-quality jewellery. But, chances are, if you own a jewellery box bursting with trend-led pieces (unlikely to be worn more than once), then it is likely buying it all will have cost you as much as buying a smaller selection of timeless jewellery would do. It’s really about prioritising quality over quantity: the fewer accessories you buy, the more money you’ll be able to spend on them.
This should make it much easier for you to buy jewellery that’s beautiful, durable, and made from precious materials, guaranteed to stand the test of time. So, for example, if you have a habit of shopping on the high street and buying packs of throw-away rings that turn your fingers green, think about saving your pennies and treating yourself to a more luxurious piece instead.
2 Think about what you’re going to wear the most
The aim of building a capsule wardrobe is to provide yourself with a small collection of pieces that you won’t tire of wearing. Pieces that work well when worn together and in different combinations. So, to create the perfect capsule jewellery collection it’s important you think very carefully about what you need and what is going to complement your outfits best.
For example, if you take a look at your current collection and find it’s the simplest pieces getting the most wear, keep this in mind when you’re shopping around for jewellery to add to your capsule collection. It’s also a good idea to look at what metals you wear the most. If you usually find yourself gravitating towards silver pieces and wear other metals very rarely, it doesn’t make sense to overly invest in too many gold pieces – no matter how pretty or high-quality they may be.
3 Buy pre-owned jewellery
A fantastic way to get your hands on luxury jewellery for a fraction of the original cost is by opting to buy second hand, vintage pieces. These can be of very high quality and, as long as you buy from a reputable seller before they are resold, any second-hand accessories should be cleaned — and restored if necessary — to ensure they are as good as new.
Buying pre-loved jewellery is also another great way to help the environment because it reduces the need for new products to be made all of the time and also prevents unwanted items being sent to landfill unnecessarily. Going down the pre-loved route is a great idea if your primary motivation for creating a capsule jewellery collection is to limit the negative impact your lifestyle has on the planet.
4 Make sure you have the essentials
When building a capsule jewellery collection, it’s important you have all the main staples. Otherwise, you may find last-minute plans will send you running to the nearest high street shop to accessorise an outfit that needs an extra dash of glitz and glamour.
Here are the jewellery collection building blocks you should start with:
- A classic watch
- A simple ring in a metal of your choice (with or without a gemstone)
- A pair of stud earrings
- Some fancier earrings for special occasions
- A short and fine chain necklace
- A longer necklace with a pendant
- Stackable rings
- A statement cocktail ring
Of course, we all have our preferences and our own sense of style, so there may be some items you would like to add to or remove from this list. But this is a good starting point helping ensure your collection has all of the essentials.
5 Take good care of your accessories
You’ll want every piece in your capsule jewellery collection to look its best for as long as possible. But this will require some effort on your part. Luxury jewellery can get dirty and tarnished if it is not looked after, cleaned, and stored properly. Therefore, it’s vital that you put some work into ensuring your jewellery is well cared for.
At Ramsdens Jewellery where I work, we have a guide to cleaning and caring for your rings covering everything from how you should treat different metals, to when you should remove your jewellery and where you should store and keep it. A lot of this information works for different jewellery items, so it’s wise to keep the tips in mind if you would like your accessories to look great for longer.
It’s important we all take steps to live more sustainable and eco-friendlier lives. As the fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, a great way to shrink your carbon footprint is by buying less clothing and fewer accessories. So, take these tips for creating a capsule jewellery collection onboard and you’ll be well on your way to living a more environmentally conscious life.