A Guide To Formal Event Jewellery

A Guide To Formal Event Jewellery

Caitlyn Rugless Caitlyn Rugless
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Formal events come every now and again and give you a rare opportunity to embrace glitz and glamour. Step out in unwavering confidence in your favourite formal dress that sits perfectly right in the most colour. From the outfit to shoes to your makeup and hair, a formal event is insanely fun and the perfect photoshoot opportunity. However, no outfit is complete without the right accessories to really elevate your look and add the finishing touches. Jewellery can really make or break an outfit. Go from plain jane to dazzling in seconds with the right diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet. Or add that unique edge to your look with layered necklaces and stunning gemstone rings

The options are truly endless, they can almost be overwhelming! But do not worry, we have outlined some of our favourite jewellery pieces to get you excited for your next event and turn heads the second that you walk into a room. Learn more about formal event jewellery below. 

A Guide to Formal Jewellery:

Diamond Drop Earrings

Diamond jewellery is truly a girl's best friend, and no woman is complete without a pair of diamond earrings to boost her confidence. A pair of drop earrings is a must for a formal event and we think that pear-shaped earrings are the epitome of elegance to really elevate your look. Not only this but they can be paired with just about anything, from short dresses to long dresses, strapless to long-sleeve, a pair of diamond earrings will always steal the show. Formal events call for classicality and poise; two things that diamonds do best. 

A Guide to Formal Event Jewellery: Diamond Drop Earrings

Drop earrings also do wonders for your overall look, they elongate the neck and make you look taller and more confident. In addition to this, you have spent so much time perfecting your makeup and hair, you need the perfect pair of earrings to complete the overall look. Diamonds will add sparkle and shine, and go with any colour beautifully.

These 1-carat gold diamond pear earrings are the definition of class. They feature the warm hues of yellow gold that accentuate the dazzle and shine of clustered diamonds. A great thing about these earrings is that they have a push-back clasp, which means reliable wearing and all-night comfort.

9ct Yellow Gold 1 Carat Diamond Pear Shape Drop Earrings

9ct Yellow Gold 1 Carat Diamond Pear Shape Drop Earrings


Epitomise opulence with these striking Gold and Diamond Pear Shape Drop Earrings. Featuring 1 carat brilliant cut diamonds in an alluring cluster like pattern, these earrings will make any ensemble appear nothing less than enchanting.… read more

Diamond earrings are one of the best investments that you can make. Their versatility and beauty means that you will treasure these earrings for years to come. Diamonds are truly timeless and nothing beats their flawless facets and irresistible sparkle, no jewellery wardrobe is complete without a pair. Not only are diamond earrings a great investment for yourself, but they are a piece that you can pass down to your children as a family heirloom!

Learn More: Shiels Diamond Guide

Tennis Bracelets

Tennis bracelets have been around for decades and continue to wow us with their immense beauty that wraps the wrist effortlessly. A tennis bracelet consists of a single strand of stones, often diamonds in a plain setting. While many use diamonds you can use any stone you desire, from emeralds to rubies, sapphires to quartz, the options are endless. However, our favourite of all tennis bracelets is the luminesce lab grown diamond tennis bracelet. Clear stones that dazzle with the intensity of a mined diamond, they are extremely versatile and accentuate any look!

A Guide to Formal Event Jewellery: Tennis Bracelet

Lab grown diamonds are perfect for those who are environmentally conscious. They are stones that are created in a lab using state-of-the-art technology to replicate the natural diamond creation process. Not even trained jewellers can tell the difference between mined and lab diamonds because chemically, physically and optically they are the exact same!

Learn More: Luminesce: The Benefits Of Lab Grown Diamonds At Shiels

1/4 Carat Luminesce Lab Grown Diamond Silver Tennis Bracelet Length 17.5cm

1/4 Carat Luminesce Lab Grown Diamond Silver Tennis Bracelet Length 17.5cm


Perfectly Petite. Quality Luminesce Lab Grown Diamonds have been selected for this 1/4 Carat Tennis Bracelet set in Silver. Luminesce Lab Grown Diamonds are quickly increasing in popularity as not only do they offer a bigger, better and brighter Diamond… read more

A tennis bracelet is a piece that can be dressed up or down. Whether you’re headed to work, a night out or a formal event, a tennis bracelet is an essential and you will find yourself constantly drawn to its sparkle.

Pearl Necklaces

Nothing says Hollywood glamour quite like a pearl necklace. Pearls are so special for a number of reasons. They are the only gemstone known to man to be formed inside a living creature! Not only this, but every pearl is completely different to the next one. With hues of white and pink in a perfectly circular bead, a pearl necklace expresses style and confidence. Pearls truly are timeless, they have come in and out of major trends for many decades and continue to blow us away with their stunning properties.

A Guide to Formal Event Jewellery: Pearl Necklace

A pearl necklace is an investment that you won’t ever regret. They retain their quality and value over time and will be a piece that you cherish for the rest of your life. So, if you want to embrace the glitz of fashion icons like Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe, then a pearl necklace is your next investment.

This staple pearl necklace goes well with many different formal outfits and accentuates a dress’ neckline wonderfully. Your formal outfits will have an element of timeless classicality that is unmatched. Complete your pearl look with a pair of pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet that matches beautifully.

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Mixed Colour Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Mixed Colour Freshwater Pearl Necklace

$349.00 $699.00

Wear a beautiful collection of pearls with this Gold Plated Sterling Silver Mixed Colour Freshwater Pearl Necklace. A variety of stunning pearl colours are used for this timeless design, offering you a look that's completely your own. In place of… read more

Gemstone Rings

Add a pop of colour to your look with a gemstone ring that you will adore. A formal event often calls for more basic colours like black, white and navy blue, so what better way to add a fun element than with a colourful ring. At Shiels, we have lots of different gemstones to choose from such as dreamy amethyst, vivid emerald, sweet morganite and many more. Whether you’re wanting something more understated, or a real showstopper, a gemstone ring is often an affordable option! 

A Guide to Formal Event Jewellery: Gemstone Ring

When you are styling a formal outfit it can be so easy to forget about rings, but the fact of the matter is that rings play a huge part in completing your look. You can choose to wear just one or two, or go full out with a ring stack, it's entirely up to you. See below some of our favourite gemstone rings.

9ct Yellow Gold Natural Sapphire + Zirconia Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Natural Sapphire + Zirconia Ring

$314.00 $734.00

This stunning 9ct gold ring features a natural blue sapphire, surrounded by cubic zirconias, and is sure to make a stunning statement. Please contact us regarding special order enquiries for this ring. All ring sizes can be specially ordered, with… read more

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Purple Oval Ring

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Purple Oval Ring

$74.99 $124.99

With a sparkling purple cubic zirconia as a centrepiece, this sterling silver ring will add just the right amount of colour to every outfit.… read more

9ct Yellow Gold Created Emerald + Cubic Zirconia Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Created Emerald + Cubic Zirconia Ring

$234.00 $534.00

Stand out from the crowd with this enchanting 9ct Yellow Gold Created Emerald Ring. Layered with four cubic zirconia gemstones: two on either side of the created emerald, this ring is a definite statement piece expressing panache and sophistication.… read more


A staple in any jewellery wardrobe, not just for formal events, a nice pair of quality hoops go a long way. Sometimes your outfit, hair and makeup is already showstopping, and in that case you may want some understated jewellery that doesn’t steal the show. Hoop earrings are known for their classicality and charm, as well as their amazing versatility. You can truly pop in a pair of hoop earrings and wear them to any occasion. At formal events a nice hoop can be a subtle addition to your look without taking away from the dress. On the other hand, if you have multiple piercings, hoops are a great filler to create a curated earrings stack.

A Guide to Formal Event Jewellery: Hoops

We have sterling silver, white gold and yellow gold hoops in a range of different sizes. If you’re looking to fill space, or a pair that you can wear every day, we would recommend hoops anywhere from 8mm to 15mm. If you’re looking to make more of a statement with your hoops, you can go big and bold with measurements up to 80mm. Moreover, there are also a variety of clasps on offer including latch back and segment rings that are especially comfortable and reliable.

Sterling Silver 80mm Stud Back Hoops

Sterling Silver 80mm Stud Back Hoops

$49.99 $99.99

Whether you’re wanting to channel your inner Sasha Fierce or you’re looking for the perfect pair of earrings but can’t settle on a style, these Sterling Silver Stud Back Hoops will deliver on both. At 80mm these hoops are timelessly… read more

9ct Yellow Gold 20mm Plain Hoops

9ct Yellow Gold 20mm Plain Hoops


Stunning 9ct Yellow Gold 20mm Plain Hoops with all-gold glamour. With smooth, rounded edges and beautiful curvature, the rich yellow gold colour is on full display. This uncomplicated pair is versatile enough to wear for any occasion, be it highly… read more

No formal outfit is finished without the right accessories. Make or break your overall look with subtle glam and dazzling glitz that you will fall in love with. We suggest that investing in some great quality jewellery pieces like diamond earrings or a pearl necklace is a fantastic idea. These pieces truly are timeless and their amazing value and quality will last multiple lifetimes. Treat yourself to something special and step out in undeniable confidence.

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