1. Jade bangle
Jade bangles are heirloom pieces meant to be treasured and passed on, so choosing one made with high quality stone is important. For a modern take on jade, opt for a piece that’s got that extra something, like this one from Choo Yilin, made with a sakura blossom design.
The Sakura Jade Bangle by Choo Yilin, price upon request at Choo Yilin
Photo: Choo Yilin
2. Pendant necklace
A pendant necklace is always chic, and wearing one with a simple black or white t-shirt dresses up the whole look. Wearing it with a low v-neck top also helps to elongate your entire frame. To make a pendant necklace more meaningful, get one to mark a milestone achievement, like buying your first apartment or getting that big promotion at work.
Ciucciue Detachable Double Pendant Necklace by Rosantica, $410 from ShopBop
3. Birthstone pieces
Celebrate your birthday all year round by wearing your birthstone; they’re a beautiful way to represent another year around the sun… or in the case of those born in June, another year around the Moon(stone).
The Petra Stacking Ring by Monica Vinader in Moonstone, $180 from Monica Vinader.
Photo: Monica Vinader
4. Statement necklace
A statement necklace may seem extravagant, but investing in one can elevate any outfit or bring a party outfit to the next level. If you’re only going to buy one, make sure it’s representative of your signature style so it goes with everything in your wardrobe, and so you’ll wear it for years to come.
Marni Geometric Necklace, about $481 on Matches Fashion
5. Tennis Bracelet
Diamonds really are forever when it comes to these bracelets. Opt for one with fewer diamonds to keep things simple and wearable on a daily basis.
Kenneth Jay Lane Round CZ Tennis Bracleet, US $98 at Shopbop
6. Diamond Studs
You can’t go wrong with a simple pair of diamond studs; they’re a must-have for any jewellery collection. Choose to go all out, or opt for a mid-range pair. We love this classic set from jewellery icon Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany diamond solitaire earrings, about $7,000
There’s a reason your grandma still wears hers: they’re timeless. Not ready for the string of pearls around your neck (or for the full price tag that comes with real pearls) quite yet? Opt for a funky update like this choker by Mizuki.
Leather Wrap Choker by Mizuki, about $581 at Neiman Marcus
8. Hoop earrings
“Hoop earrings have gone out of style,” said no one, ever. One of the most versatile pieces of jewellery you will ever own – don’t underestimate the power of a good pair of hoops. Choose one that’s classic, or with embellishments.
Gold Leopard Earrings by Donna Hourani, around $2,082 at Moda Operandi
Photo: Moda Operandi
9. Custom works
There’s nothing more special than having something designed just for you. Bespoke services in Singapore include the likes of Ilya Diamonds, which has crafted everything from Harry Potter-inspired engagement rings, to diamond-studded belly rings and cuff links. Although it’ll cost you, you’re paying for excellent craftsmanship and a design that’s unique to you — and for something you’ll keep forever. Prices run from around $900 for a gold band.
Pieces from Ilya Diamonds are available upon request
Photo: Ilya Diamonds
10. Gold chain
A staple that belongs on all necks. Wear it alone, link your favorite charms to the chain, or layer multiple chains to create a casual look.
Adjustable plain chain yellow gold by Catbird, $158.95