Go for the Gold in Hot Summer Accessories

Don’t get left behind in the gold rush of jewelry this summer. We show you how to glimmer in gold with are must-have accessory picks as seen on your favorite Hollywood glam girls. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 09, 2009

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Wondering what the 411 on summer accessories is? Just ask stars like Mary J. Blige, Chrisette Michele and Kelly Rowland who have been spotted wearing the must-have bling of the season, gold. Let us show you how to glimmer with our must-have accessory picks as seen on your favorite Hollywood glamour girls.

By Qianna Smith

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A woman who loves to glam it up, Beyoncé can usually be spotted wearing piles of jewelry by designer Lorraine Schwartz. To bring the bling to her fans, the “Sasha Fierce” fashionista teamed up with Carolee Jewelry to create an affordable jewelry collection for her Deréon line.

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Let Deréon decorate your ears! We’re feelin’ these Deréon Gold Gypsy Fringe Earrings, $36, dereon.com, that add a touch of edge with the delicate chains. The Deréon Jewelry line launched last fall and prices range from $16-$68 and can be bought online and at Macy’s and Dillard’s stores.

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This girl may have gone bad, but she surely doesn’t have bad taste. Rihanna, who wears a lot of gold jewelry, was spotted in New York City workin’ this versatile linked chain necklace that looks hot with just about anything.

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Mimic Rihanna’s moves with this Evelyn Knight Large Link Necklace, $187, maxandchloe.com, that features varying sized links to give the necklace an unusual yet interesting look.

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Since Janelle Monáe burst onto the scene with her retro pompadour we have been lovin’ her funky chic style. The Grammy Award-nominated urban soulstress makes looking preppy cool sporting a navy blazer accented with gold button earrings.

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Crown yourself in simply chic style wearing these Juicy Couture Gold Puffed Crown Pave Stud Earrings, $42, couture.zappos.com. These gold-plated studs with crystal accents are very elegant with the right touch of sparkle to make any outfit shine.

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Looking to make a statement this summer? Try wearing long gold drop earrings like actress Vivica A. Fox, who “loves to sparkle."

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The more dramatic the earring, the less dramatic your hair and makeup should be to allow the earring to be the focal point of your look.

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Embrace the floral frenzy of summer donning these Forever 21 Sakura Cut-Out Earrings, $4.80, fovever21.com, that feature a dramatic floral cut-out construction with dangling leaf accents.

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Have a fashion “Epiphany” like singer Chrisette Michele and experiment with gold hoops that come in so many variations you could never become bored with the style. Check out the jagged detail on Michele’s hoops that make her look like a rock-n-roll diva.

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Go for the wow factor sporting these Yochi Gold Loop Hoop Earrings, $42, maxandchloe.com, that feature a unique and stylish hammered look.

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During temperature-rising months try pairing your gold accessories with clothing in soft colors like peach, raspberry, yellow and mint green.

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Actresses Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry arrive in style at TV Guide’s Sexiest Stars 2009 event where they donned gold necklace accessories. Take a cue from this sister act and choose a single gold piece to be the main attraction of your outfit. Head to toe gold is never a good look.

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You don’t have to be in a jungle to look safari chic. Pendant necklaces like the one actress Tia Mowry is wearing are so hot right now. We’re lovin’ this Just Cavalli Safari Wheel Pendant, $246, couture.zappos.com, that is gold-plated brass with enamel inlay featuring a giraffe-pattern pendant.

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Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” cohost Kelly Rowland has become an all-out glamour girl. Her deep dark locks pop brilliantly against her gold teardrop twist earrings. With your hair worn up or down, these earrings are bound to get noticed.

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Grab your party dress and glimmer wearing these Paula Abdul FYG Pavé & Hammered Oh So Lucky Link Earrings, $44.95, hsn.com. The interlocked gold twists and swirls in a oval shape drop that sparkles with pavé-set round clear crystals.

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Oscar-winning actress and mother to be Jennifer Hudson gives her wrist some eye candy while performing at this year’s Super Bowl. Bangles are a fun and easy way to merchandise an outfit for a completed look.

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Textured accessories are so right now, like these Lauren by Ralph Lauren Bangles (Set of 7), $68, Nordstrom.com. Stack the bangles up and mix and match them with chunkier pieces for a one-of-a-kind fashion-forward look.

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No outfit is complete without a few cocktail rings. Make your fingers look fancy with a few of our top picks.

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Top (Left to Right) Ariella Collection Starburst Crystal Adjustable Ring, $58, nordstrom.com; Banana Republic Lace band ring, $25, bananarepublic.com
Bottom (Left to Right) DANNIJO Jacinda gold-plated ring, $85, net-a-porter.com;
Sloane Gold Serpent Ring, $112, maxandchloe.com

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Don’t have the money to shop till you drop? Buying inexpensive accessories like a simple pair of gold hoop earrings and few sting necklaces will make any old outfit look new again. Actress Aisha Tyler delivers a less-is-more look at the Hollywood Life Magazines 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards that you can easy replicate.

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Frame your face with a contemporary sophistication wearing these MichaeLisa in Technibond® Hammered Go-To Hoop Earrings, $13.71 (Originally $39.90), hsn.com. Accent the hoops with the Alloy Fairmont Necklace, $16.90, alloy.com.

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