Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Elegance in simplicity

“Simplex munditiis” - elegant simplicity - was the rule the Roman poet Horace laid down for the uttermost refinement of taste. About 1,500 years later, Leonardo da Vinci is quoted as saying: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, and about 5 more centuries later, Coco Chanel expressed her groundbreaking view on fashion by telling the world that “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”.  

Countless philosophers, academicians and fashion designers have shared this wisdom over the centuries, and the statement still stands true today, 2,000 years later, as it was in Horace’s day.

As I make a living in the jewelry design business, I will aim this blog at jewelry, but the same standards can be applied for clothing, home decorating, event planning, etc. In my world simple elegance is a creative design that makes a statement through color, an unexpected element, a modern twist on old details, or simply trough the beauty of a pearl or gemstone. A piece of jewelry can be intricate or colorful without losing its elegance, provided that the materials and/or colors don’t clash.

There is no pre-established recipe for elegance. The way I see it, the most important part is that the piece(s) match the personality of the wearer. Determine your elegance by picking pieces that flatter your aesthetic persona and suit your personality. The first impression we make is a visual one, and the way we adorn ourselves can convey the impression we wish to represent. 

A bold necklace is a more playful jewelry item, perfect for a lively personality, while a delicate necklace will unveil a more quiet, romantic personality. Earrings on the other hand are sexier and flirty as they draw attention to the face and curve of the neck. Bracelets are classically sophisticated and effortlessly refined.

So elegance is simple… Or, simple is elegant… No matter how you spin it, you can have elegance in simplicity. 

Be elegant, be simple, shine on! 

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