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I'll never forget the first piece of jewelry I owned: a delicate tennis bracelet that my stepmother gave me when I was 13. It was more than just a gift, however – it was a family heirloom that was subsequently passed down from her great-grandmother to every woman in the family, and now it was mine. I was fascinated by it. And since I was advised to only wear the bracelet on important occasions, it became a kind of good luck charm for me. I felt special and stylish and honestly powerful when I put it on. This was the first time I understood the impact a single piece of jewelry can have not only on an outfit, but also on a person's mood. Over a decade later, I have collected many rings, necklaces, and more that contain equally important memories. Some were gifts from loved ones to celebrate an important milestone, and some I bought when I first traveled to a new place.
After many conversations with people over the years, I've learned that jewelry is very personal to almost everyone. Take, for example, my colleague, co-editor and friend Anneliese Dominguez. We recently had a chat about which Valentine's Day gifts have felt most memorable over the years, and we romanticized both moments with jewelry. The reason is really simple: we feel good when we wear our favorite pieces. Good, because our outfits are infinitely more unique and good because we remind a little of important memories, trips or ambitions. So why not do more of it in 2021? Anneliese is already one step ahead of me and designs all of her favorite spring looks with the beautiful Rose des Vents collection from Dior, which shows the best jewelry trend of spring: lucky charms.
Anneliese was drawn into this collection for the first time because of the colorful gemstones from onyx and mother-of-pearl to malachite. (The beautiful green stone on the longest necklace worn here). "I love to experiment with fun colors, especially when I'm wearing simpler outfits," she says. What Anneliese really sold, however, was a little more symbolic.
The collection was inspired by Christian Dior's lucky star and the wind rose mural in his garden, which depicts his love for travel. The symbol has now been reinterpreted by creative director Victoire de Castellane as an 8-pointed star, similar to a compass that offers a sense of guidance in the right direction. "I am very convinced that this collection is as meaningful as it is beautiful," says Anneliese. "The heavenly symbols on these pieces are a kind of reminder to always reach for the stars – a motto that I will incorporate into my life this year. I love the idea of looking at my jewelry as a daily reminder that I am capable am my goals and dreams, and these pieces do just that. "
Anneliese tells me that her style has evolved lately to be refined. “I figured out the importance of having really chic staples. So I curated a closet of structured jackets, good quality jeans, and a quantity from neutrals, "she says.
Her refined style, as shown by this simple but polished outfit here, is of course the perfect canvas for statement jewelry. “I love how each piece in the collection not only stands out on its own but is also great to layer on. I worked a lot of space on my neck for this look so I wanted to fill it with just the right amount of necklaces I have added two of the longer necklaces to perfectly balance the choker. The bracelets, earrings and rings are perfect complements too. Sometimes more is really more. "
The charms of many pieces can be flipped to reveal the flat side of the stone. This detail makes this collection so special and versatile, not to mention the looks that already include a lot of print and patterns. "The fact that all parts are reversible is basically a dream for fashion girls," confirms Anneliese. "You essentially get two pieces of jewelry in one." The more options the better, right?
While Anneliese's leather jacket, ribbed tank, and denim look more mundane, this raised monochromatic jacket is sure to be in the mix on the date nights of this spring. "Since I am wearing a high-necked top, I creased the necklaces and decided on rings and bracelets. I've always been notorious for wearing them." a lot of I love the way these can be stacked on one finger to look a bit chunky. Can we just talk about this hand chain? It's seriously dreamy. "
Speaking of dreams, I had to ask Anneliese what hers are for 2021. While keeping her eye on career goals and travel destinations, the first thing on the list is her dream home on the beach. Surely she has luck on her side now.