How-to (Styling)

Get a Great Look Right: Baroque-Style Jewelry

When these super-lavish gilded pieces started popping up again, we thought of the early '90s—and the supermodels who wore the accessories so gorgeously with a simple black dress. Joe Sundlie of The Showplace Antique Center in New York tells us what to look for.

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Proportions are key. Taller women can get away with chunkier styles, but if you're petite, choose daintier versions that won't overwhelm your stature.
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A small, restrained iteration of the look.
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Oversize studs feel richly decadent.
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Go for bright, vividly pigmented stones. Rich jewel tones (as opposed to pale or transparent ones) like cranberry, emerald green, and sapphire blue work best against gold.
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Pile narrow, ornate bracelets together for a wristful of glitz.
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The crown lends a quirky detail to a sunburst.
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For the most authentic, splurge-worthy pieces, try Gripoix. The French company known for its poured glass makes items for Dior, Givenchy, and Chanel.
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A modified Maltese cross fits nicely on a large cuff.

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