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The All Time Classics: Timeless Pieces of Jewellery

24 March 20

Here we discuss our all-time classic jewellery looks, examining just a few ways to help you style both new and existing jewellery pieces to create modern minimalist looks.

All time jewellery classics, or pieces that many often consider classics, form part of many jewellery collections today. Throughout this article we explore how best to dress these elegant pieces and work your wardrobe to suit modernist fashions.

A Pair of Diamond Ear Studs 

The jewellery pieces we consider classic, are considered this way simply as their style spans a multitude of decades and, we hope, will never date. An example of this classic style is the diamond ear stud. Often passed down through generations, gifted to a loved one or perhaps worn as wedding jewellery, this classic solitaire style remains a key staple to any jewellery collection. 

The solitaire stud offers the wearer a multitude of different looks or styles, no matter the carat weight or setting type, this design is often considered a timeless design. From day to night, from a black tie event to a more casual daytime style, diamond ear studs finish any outfit perfectly. 

The Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The term ‘tennis bracelet’ was coined in the eighties when, the then number one professional tennis player, Chris Evert became well known wearing her diamond line bracelet throughout her matches. Today, the tennis bracelet, also referred to as a line bracelet, is worn and loved by many, including Harper’s Bazaar. Here, the publication explores 10 items of jewellery every woman should own and, of course, the diamond tennis bracelet features.

The classic diamond tennis bracelet can be worn in a multitude of ways, enabling the wearer to work its versatility to suit their own style or the occasion. The tennis bracelet is created with an array of round brilliant cut diamonds forming the perfect line. The bracelet can be designed with a multitude of settings but is often flexible in nature in comparison to a rigid diamond set bangle or bracelet.  This indulgent yet graceful design exudes simplicity and is the perfect piece to wear on its own or stacked and layered with other bracelets and bangles. 

A Diamond Bangle

If you're someone who likes to stack jewellery, mix jewellery styles or wear a multitude of jewellery pieces all at the same time, then one or more diamond bangles could be the perfect choice for you. Their sleek simplicity allows the wearer to build a look which incorporates complimenting styles and designs as well as allowing you to experiment with mixed metals if you so wish. 

The rigid nature of a bangle, set with or without diamonds, often gives a more substantial look. Traditionally, each bangle is set with round brilliant cut white diamonds but can also be designed or made set with other cuts, such as baguette or princess, to add subtle contrast to the design.

If you would like to extend or add to your modern jewellery collection, we would suggest combining an 18ct white gold mixed-cut bangle, much like the one found here, complemented by a bracelet with contrasting style, setting and flexibility. This contrasting design could be a simple round brilliant cut bangle in 18ct rose or 18ct yellow gold, or perhaps the aforementioned diamond tennis bracelet. Of course, these two styles can then also be worn as singular pieces to compliment any outfit. 

A Pair of Diamond Hoops

Today, hoop earrings, in all metals and styles, are a popular and feature often throughout recent fashion and jewellery trends. It could be suggested however, often by historians, that this design has always been on trend. The hoop design has arguably been around for as long as jewellery itself, dating back possibly to the bronze age. It is said that the circle is symbolic of unity, infinity and wholeness. 

A good introduction, or a style often considered the most classic, would be a pair of 18ct white gold hoop earrings, set both the front and side, with an array of round brilliant white diamonds. An example of this style can be found here, on our dedicated earrings page.

Your jewellery style is incredibly personal and often reveals something about you as an individual. If you’re looking to add a new jewellery piece to your collection, then a subtle or classic design, like the ones mentioned above, may be the perfect option for you.

If you would like further information, or advice, on classic jewellery pieces, explore further articles here, or contact our dedicated showrooms here.

Our Showrooms

Over the years, generations of families have become customers of Prestons, and many have gone on to become friends. Today, our teams look forward to welcoming you to our showrooms in Wilmslow, Guildford, Norwich and Leeds.

Prestons Guildford


Our Guildford showroom, which is now located on the opposite side of the high street, is designed to reflect the architectural merit of the Edwardian building it now occupies. The store features newly extended spaces dedicated to the fine watch houses it showcases, alongside a comfortable lounge to allow our clients to explore our bridal and fine jewellery collections. Explore This Showroom

Prestons Wilmslow


Located in the heart of Wilmslow, this showroom features a selection of spaces dedicated to the fine watch houses it showcases. Of course, the bridal collections Prestons have always been famous for remain a prominent feature of the store and surround the famous Aquarium Bar which sits at its centre. Explore This Showroom

Rolex by Prestons, Leeds


This showroom, located in Victoria Gate, features extensive Rolex showcases alongside a discrete VIP lounge. Every element of the interior design radiates the values of the Rolex crown: excellence, precision and attention to detail from louvre walls in walnut, to the careful calibration of colours and patterns within the fittings and furnishings. Explore This Showroom

Prestons Norwich


Located on the historic Norwich high street, Prestons Norwich has been expanded and redesigned to reflect the character of the building it has occupied for over 150 years. The showroom features collections by Patek Philippe, Rolex and TUDOR alongside our fine jewellery collections. Explore This Showroom
Guildford showroom