What To Take On Your Summer Vacation

This is the time of year when many readers take a vacation. If you are traveling strictly in the U.S., you might be spending quiet time at your beach or country homes, visiting family in other states, taking off to the desert or a resort town, checking out festivals or going on a cross-country road trip. If you are more adventurous, you might visit cities with ancient architecture and/or take in cultural aspects. You could spend time on a Greek Island, the Amalfi Coast, or travel through Spain or Portugal. I can keep listing different holiday plans—but if your flight isn’t canceled and you travel safe, the next thing to consider is what jewelry to take. (Okay—maybe if you are camping—its what flashlight and bug repellent) but what we do here is talk about jewels. And there are some spectacular pieces, which can take you from a day at the beach to sightseeing to a night dancing. There are lowkey and comfortable pieces for those who want just a few essentials that you can wear repeatedly.

The two categories best for travel jewelry are those that continue to trend —fun, chic, vibrantly colored jewels and gold with a touch of diamonds. You can combine the two or choose one direction in how you want to bejewel yourself while you are away from home.

A pop of color in a carved pink tourmaline and the glimmer of gold by Christina Axelliou add color and character while seeing the sites or dining outdoors.

Rachel Boston’s yellow gold cuff plays well with any other style, from link chains to diamond modern tennis bracelets, and is perfect for dressing up or down.

In Living Color

Wear this Anna Maccieri Rossi charm around your neck from her new Carpe Diem (Seize the Day collection) to remind you “that time is precious” while you are out sightseeing and enjoying your time away from home. Each charm contains a watch movement that allows the small star in the center to turn each second. The charm also resembles timepiece dials due to Anna’s previous career as a watch designer. This pendant is in lapis with an 18K gold rainbow sapphire bezel. And it is one you can wear any time during your vacation, wherever you are going.

Harwell Godfrey’s 18K yellow gold with emerald hearts, green turquoise and diamonds. Wrap this around your wrist and you are ready for a night out dancing or dining under the stars.

Melissa Kaye’s 18K yellow gold one-of-a-kind Lenox Ring with pink spinel and neon yellow enamel for those times you just want your jewels to put a smile on your face and elevate your white tanks and T’s while you are away.

Everyone should have one exquisite antique jewel and one that is colorful and easy to dress up for any occasion, such as this Estate Diamond Jewelry Art Nouveau butterfly brooch. It carries the meaning of change, similar to butterflies but tends toward positive changes and new beginnings. This example is rare: single-cut diamonds extend from the tail to the body. The wings are entirely made with plique-a-jour enamel, and the top is bordered with single-cut diamonds and features jade, France, circa 1890.

Jenna Blake’s Morse Code ID bracelet with rubies, emeralds and diamonds for a modern take on the ‘big three’ in different shapes. This is your go-to piece, adding color and a vintage vibe to your outfit.

Nadine Aysoy has a distinctive look, whether working in colored stones or diamonds. For traveling, her double gemstone earrings with enamel in tonal colors from her Catena chain collection work with a range of wardrobe choices, from sleek and spare to flowing floral dresses.

Ark Fine Jewelry’s Citrine studs are the type of earrings that add a glow around your face. Ann Korman, the designer behind the collection, explains the inspiration for these Stone Spark Earrings. “Sparks are spiritual opportunities, brimming with potent energy waiting to be released and citrine is for prosperity, abundance, health and vitality. These are the type of earrings you can wear during your entire vacation and never take off.

Emily P. Wheeler’s 18K yellow gold Groove Necklace, set with pink tourmaline, demantoid garnet and enamel (pictured above on the model) is perfect for a summer getaway. The gemstones mixed with exuberant enameling imbues the chain with a feel-good, happy appeal. It can be worn long or doubled, or you can attach the clasp into one of the links and create a long or shorter lariat.

Cece Jewellery’s Clam and Pearl signet ring evokes the treasures of the sea. It features an enamel clam, half pearl and star-set diamond accents in 18K gold. It can have personal meaning and, at the same time, it can be a conversation starter. It is imbued with so much personality that it might be the only ring you take to wear while traveling, allowing you to be worry-free about losing any of your stacking rings.

Marie Lichtenberg’s colorful new pendant can be worn alone or layered with her meaningful enameled locket pieces or gold chains you might already own. This pendant is rendered in 18K gold with an enamel heart center and is outlined in diamonds.

Golden Moments

Syna’s acorn pendant, which carries the meaning of abundance is crafted in yellow gold with smoky quartz. Its beauty lies in its textural nuances that offer an elegant yet effortless style that can be worn with all of your vacation wear.

Jemma Wynne’s 18K yellow gold Connexion triple row diamond and chain loop earrings are the one pair you can take on your travels to dress up a breezy white shirt and white jeans or any color simple tank dress for evening and you are good to go.

James Banks’ butterfly studs in tricolor gold with diamond accents offer a feminine yet substantial look for on-the-lobe earrings. They are easygoing and laid back yet with a strong sense of style and design.

Deborah Pagani’s stylized hairpin in gold plate with tiny pearl accents will dress up any updo while sightseeing or heading out to dinner after a day at the beach.

Selim Mouzannar’s 18K rose gold hexagon diamond pendant is the must-have version of a modern solitaire pendant and is also the one you would want to take on any type of vacation. You can wear it by itself and it stands out while still allowing you to shine. Or you can layer it with graduated necklaces when you want to make more of a dramatic statement.

Marlo Laz’s 14K yellow gold Squash Blossom Bead choker is one that you can wear any time of the day or evening, alone or layered with other pieces. It will wind up being your go-to piece whether you are traveling or hanging out at your beach or country home.

There is nothing like a brooch to finish off your day or evening look in a variety of ways. This Gabriella Kiss 18K gold spiral snake brooch is a glowing example. It is streamlined and endowed with modern minimalism, allowing it to be worn in the hair (fixed with hidden bobby pins), climbing up the shoulder of a tank dress or slithering down the back of a deep v- exit making top. Just pin it on and you immediately dress up any outfit.

Uniform Objects horn studs with diamonds are graphic and filled with sparkle. Throw on a cuff, a few diamond studded bangle bracelets or a yellow gold signet ring and go.

Syna’s chain link bracelet with diamond accents is all you will need for your wrist if you want one bracelet to take on your travels with you. It’s a perfect weight, width and look to work with anything in your vacation wardrobe and for any time of the day.

Borgioni’s snake huggies are perfection. They are petite-sized yet pack a good amount of sparkle around your face. Once you have them in your ear, you might never change your earrings again. Or if you have multiple piercings in your lobes, you will want to wear these with other styles that complement them.

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