Can you ever own too much jewellery?

When thinking about gifts our first thought is obviously always jewellery. But we were challenged recently, can you ever own too much?

It’s an interesting thought, and very much comes down to personal preference. There is definitely a discussion to be had about whether you can ever wear too much jewellery. We are more in favour of a few stand-out pieces than the I’m-wearing-everything-I-possess look; as Coco Chanel famously said, “before you leave the house, take one thing off.”


But on the question of whether you can ever own too much jewellery we’re not so sure, so we came up with a quick list of pros and cons. What do you think?


In favour of a never-ending jewellery box

  • You will always have something that fits the outfit you want to wear. And if you don’t, there’s no rule against buying something!
  • Matching sets look elegant and timeless, whereas mixing up different styles, colours and metals can make a statement. Owning a wide range of pieces gives you options to pull off either of these looks.
  • You will be able to pass on a legacy of jewellery and there will be enough to go around without arguments (sorry, but death and taxes are genuinely the only certainty!).
  • Stacking rings are hard to resist and you never really stop adding to them.


The argument for owning only a few key jewellery pieces

  • You will wake up wearing your favourite earrings and will be unlikely to ever leave home without them.
  • A classic solitaire on a chain or pair of pearl or diamond earrings never dates and goes with everything, so getting dressed doesn’t take too long.
  • You won’t be housing boxes full of unworn jewellery because you never get around to changing what you’re wearing.
  • Cleaning jewellery doesn’t become an industry in itself.


Whatever your opinion, a well-chosen piece of jewellery is always a welcome gift. For Mother’s Day on 25 March you may want to consider a pair of classic earrings or a bracelet or necklace to match something your beloved mum already owns. Whatever you’re thinking, the friendly IHD team can help you decide and hand-craft your perfect gift.

Give us a call on 01274 551 224 to book an appointment in the studio to be inspired by our large jewellery collection and have Iain help to design your very own masterpiece.



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