How To Pull Off Statement Jewelry At Any Age (VIDEO)

How To Pull Off Statement Jewelry At Any Age

When it comes to statement jewelry, bigger is not always better. Fashion expert Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine, shows us the right way -- and the wrong way -- to wear the latest jewelry trends in your 40s and beyond.

Big jewelry is part of author and comedian Annabelle Gurwitch's signature look. "I like to look eccentric, but I don't want to go 'Grey Gardens,'" she says in the above video.

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Gurwitch is decked out in chunky cocktail rings, a necklace that appears to be a string of tennis balls, and green nail polish -- Glassman says it's just all too much.

"You're at that age where you're not quite sure what to wear anymore," he says. "Some things feel too young and other things feel too grandma to you, but you still want to be noticed. And you still want to feel alive, and sensual, and sexy. So you're wearing all this kooky stuff to still be noticed, but instead you look like the crazy lady from Seville."

To show Gurwitch the dos and don'ts of age-appropriate accessorizing, he brings in Lisa Kogan, O magazine writer-at-large. Kogan is wearing a short, chunky statement necklace. It's drawing attention to her neck, an area Kogan would rather conceal.

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To turn the look around, Glassman switches out Kogan's short necklace for a long gold pendant -- and the effect is immediate. "I see it," Gurwitch says. "I see the lengthening."

While the long necklace is a more minimal look, Glassman says Gurwitch can still make the bold statement she craves by layering on multiple necklaces. "You can still wear lots of things, you can layer," he says, adding more necklaces to Kogan. "Little, medium, a little bit longer."

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"Oh, I like that," Gurwitch says.

Before You Go

Cate Blanchett's Chunky Blue Beads
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Her bright blue statement necklace brought all the attention upward to her gorgeous face, and added the perfect pop of colour to her black velvet Margiela gown.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Ruby Earrings
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Not only did Gwynnie make a statement with her giant shoulder rose, she made sure to keep the drama going with her jewelry. The star wore a pair of massive ruby teardrop danglers, which were perfectly showcased thanks to her slicked back hairstyle.
Scarlett Johansson's Dangling Necklace
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ScarJo's dangling green statement necklace was arguably the best part of her figure-hugging gown. We love that she kept her hair and makeup simple, so as to show it off.
Viola Davis' Pearls
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Viola Davis' pearl statement necklace was just beautiful. It definitely upped the regal factor of her overall look. Stunning!
Chloe Grace Moretz's Diamond Ear Cuff
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Chloe Grace Moretz added a little bit of edginess to her princess-y dress with this chunky diamond ear cuff (reminiscent of one once worn by Jennifer Lawrence). It was the perfect amount of bling, and we loved it.
Margot Robbie's Tassel Necklace
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Not only did Margot go bold with her makeup look, she also brought the drama with her jewelry. We absolutely loved her crystal tassel necklace -- so unique!
Jennifer Hudson's Emerald Earrings
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Now those are earrings! Seriously, Jennifer Hudson totally brought her A-game with her accessories last night. These emerald statement earrings were absolutely beautiful, not to mention super fun.
Julianne Moore's Diamond Spirals
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How cool are Julianne's earrings? The diamond spirals are just great, and looked perfect with her custom Chanel gown
Naomi Watts' Sapphire Teardrops
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Naomi kept things simple in terms of hair and makeup, but she made sure to amp things up with her glittering dress and some gorgeous accessories. Her sapphire blue teardrop studs are just gorgeous, especially next to her blond locks.
Behati Prinsloo's Crystal Globes
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The South African supermodel's diamond encrusted globe/disco ball necklace was bold yet not over-the-top. She made sure to let her accessories do the talking and kept her hair and makeup quite simple. But we had no doubt she'd look amazing -- she is a model, after all.
Chrissy Teigen's Diamond Teardrops
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Chrissy's teardrop earrings were bold yet not overwhelming. They complemented her Old Hollywood glamour look quite well. So pretty!
America Ferrera's Turquoise Earrings
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The bright turquoise shade of America's earrings looked beautiful against her olive skin and dark hair, and they added a bright pop of colour to her dusty teal gown. We also love that she opted to go sans necklace, letting those danglers really shine.
Meryl Streep's Diamond Danglers
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Meryl kept her beauty look simple, making sure that her beautiful statement earrings were the stars of the show. So pretty!
Laura Dern's Bold Pendant
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First of all, Laura Dern looked great last night. Second of all, she accessorized so well! The metal pendant surrounded by diamonds was Medieval-esque, and it was complemented by her more modern diamond earrings. The perfect mix of old and new.
Emma Stone's Cuffs
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Emma's diamond encrusted cuffs were so cool, no? They looked perfectly whimsical paired with her beautiful Elie Saab gown.
Lupita Nyong'o's EVERYTHING
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Lupita Nyong'o's teardrop earrings were gorgeous, but considering she was wearing a dress made entirely out of pearls (over 6,000), her whole outfit was a piece of gorgeous statement jewelry. She wins.

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