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5 Expert Tips for Choosing Festive, Flattering & Affordable Jewelry to Light Up Your Holiday Look

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Photos courtesy of REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry

Designer Ann King Lagos, founder of Philly-based REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry, shares secrets to make you shine this season.

As founder and designer of Philly-based REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry, Ann King Lagos helps women look gorgeous and feel great every day. When it comes to accessorizing, Ann truly knows how to make you shine. Here she shares her expert styling tips (modeled by herself and REALM customers) for choosing festive, flattering and affordable jewelry to light up your look this holiday season.

Mix up your metals and gemstones.

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Don’t feel you have to stick to one metal or stone color. Above, Victoria and Gaby toast in a dynamic mix of REALM jewelry in sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil and cubic zirconia (CZ) in white, black and green.

Wear a conversation starter.

Reign Thoughtfully Cuffs

We’re getting back to mingling in real life, which means meeting new people at holiday parties. A great icebreaker is a piece of jewelry with unique meaning, like our engraved “Reign Thoughtfully” cuffs. Most every day, I wear a stack in all four of our Shades of REALM (pictured above). They always spark conversation. (These also make a great gift to celebrate that woman you know who is both strong and kind as she reigns in her realm… and yes, you can gift it to yourself!)

Sparkle all night… and all day.

Sparkle Stack Rings

You don’t have to wait for a black-tie event to enjoy your bling. At REALM, we believe in sparkling all day long! A great look for a casual holiday brunch is Vanda’s pairing of a cozy sweater with stack rings in a mix of precious metals and CZ stones (ours are prong-set by hand just like a diamond, but for a fraction of the price).

Stretch your budget with a holiday color you can wear all year.

Emerald Green Jewelry

Green gemstones are a popular choice for the winter holidays… but also a surprising neutral you can wear year-round. Try emerald green cubic zirconia (we call ours CZ Vert) with a white tank in summer, a camel cape in fall (as shown on Iman, above right) and a goddess gown (like the one Ky’sha wears above left) for New Year’s Eve.

Experiment and have fun.

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The great thing about jewelry is that it’s so easy to play, experiment and try new combinations of styles. Sometimes less is more and sometimes more is more. Whatever mood you’re feeling at the moment, go for it and have fun.

Cheers to you and continue to #ReignThoughtfully as you sparkle and shine this season.  – Ann

REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry offers gorgeous jewelry with beautiful meaning sold direct to you at private events, pop-ups, trunk shows, studio appointments and online at Shop the collection and get personalized style tips from Ann when you book a complimentary appointment at the REALM Studio in Old City. Call 215-918-9585 or email

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