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Layered in luxe

A treasured BVI jewellery destination keeps it fashion-forward by combining pieces for unexpected sparkle. By Sara Sherman Photography by Digvesh Jain for House of Luxury

First opened in 1990, House of Luxury began its jewellery-making empire in Sint Maarten. After a second store opened there, the high-end jewellery house opened a third location at Tortola Pier Park in 2016. For more than three decades, House of Luxury has been dazzling customers with top-notch service and an unparalleled selection of gold, silver, watches, fine jewellery, and investment gems.

When it comes to keeping their guests at the forefront of what’s hot in jewellery, owners Veera and Sanjay Surtani know that layering is a trend that is here to stay.

“It’s almost impossible to say there is ‘too much’ in jewellery,” said Veera. “If you feel good wearing it, the possibilities and combinations are endless.”

With top luxury brands like Hearts on Fire, Chopard, FOPE and Kabana as part of their extensive jewellery collection, House of Luxury has pieces for every style, taste and budget.

Their tips on layering jewellery will help you layer those pieces into striking looks, whether you’re looking for everyday elegance or a special event showstopper.

“Weigh” your options

To avoid the dreaded end-of-day chain tangle, put together necklaces of different chain weights. This can help minimize chain knots that have to be painstakingly untangled. Keep the look timeless by sticking with a lighter, more delicate theme and having one or two heavier chains or pendants as a focal point.

Mixing metals

It’s absolutely okay to mix silver and gold, no matter what your grandmother told you. Italian fine jewellery brand FOPE does an excellent job of creating interesting combinations of gold tones, gems and diamonds for a timeless yet trendy look.

“The iconic FOPE design features high-quality jewellery collections that are perfect for mixing and matching, therefore taking any guesswork out of what to wear,” commented Sanjay. “You get the layered look without needing to wear too many pieces or feeling weighed down.”

Consider wearing one kind of metal on one hand and a different one on the other. Gemstones can also be utilized in a layered look for pops of coordinated colour. As long as there aren’t too many colours competing for attention, one or two gems can really bring a mixed metal layered look to a fun new level of fashion.

Going monochrome

Sticking with one metal or gemstone is always an elegant look. Keep in mind that different brands and jewellery houses plate their pieces differently. Gold from one brand will look slightly different from another. That’s not always a bad thing. There’s also nothing wrong with sticking to one gemstone and utilizing it in each layer. Diamonds will always be in style!

Sparkle and shine

Is there such a thing as too much sparkle? “As long as it looks as if you’re wearing the jewellery, not the jewellery wearing you, then pile on the jewels,” said Veera.

For those that love to show off the best of the best, brands like Hearts on Fire offer some brilliant designs, perfect for layering. Thin diamond bands in a variety of styles mean there is something for everyone and a look for every occasion.

“Especially when it comes to rings, not only do they create a really fashionable look but they can also be sentimental,” said Veera. “I love the idea of stacking diamond bands for each milestone anniversary, baby birth or special occasion celebrated together.”

Distinctive design

Many jewellery brands have an aesthetic that is widely known and loved. However, brands vary on how they determine what is “everyday” vs a statement piece. For dressier occasions, it can be bold and fun to put on asymmetrical earrings or a striking pendant to stand out against other more muted pieces. Choosing a knockout cocktail ring means that other layers of jewels may need to fall into the background while still adding pops of sparkle to an outfit.

Kabana is a brand that features more natural stones and gems with pops of elegant diamonds for a distinguished yet flirty feel. By utilizing colour in their design, their collections layered together ensure a cohesive look. One of the best parts of the layered jewellery look is finding pieces you never want to take off. House of Luxury offers countless options to choose from, or they can even design something totally custom for the expert team to create for you.

“We love surprising our clients with new pieces that we know they will love, or helping them create something that is totally unique to their style,” said Veera. No matter your personal taste, layering in a bit of sparkle to your everyday look is always a good idea.

House of Luxury Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park Wickhams Cay 1, Roadtown Tortola, British Virgin Islands Phone +1 284 443 3030 [email protected]

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