Jewelry Sets: The Three Different Levels of Matching
by Rena Klingenberg. © 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved
What’s your approach to jewelry sets?
Do you prefer a set of matching pieces, or mixing it up a bit?
I’ve come up with these three “matching levels” for jewelry items that are worn together:
1) Completely Matching Jewelry:
Pieces that are made with identical materials and techniques, and look noticeably alike.
Example of completely matching jewelry – from my Leaf and Vine wire bracelet tutorial and earring tutorial:
2) Coordinating Jewelry Pieces:
Pieces that share some characteristics (such as color, shape, or technique) – but are not completely matching.
Example of coordinating jewelry – from my Riveted Pendant tutorial and Rectangle Hoop Earring tutorial:
3) Completely Unrelated Pieces:
Pieces that don’t share any characteristics.
Example of completely unrelated jewelry – from my Dangerous Curves Necklace tutorial and Flower Power Button Ring tutorial:
When I wear completely matching jewelry sets, I feel uncomfortable – like I’m wearing someone else’s style.
Instead, I’m more comfortable wearing coordinating pieces that share some characteristics, like these turquoise stone earrings paired with this polymer clay pendant:
What do you prefer?
When it comes to matching jewelry sets,
- What level of matching do you wear?
- What do you make?
- What do your customers prefer?