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Our favourite jewellery for the ‘old money’ aesthetic 

Our favourite jewellery for the ‘old money’ aesthetic 

The ‘old money’ aesthetic—timeless, understated and elegant—is more than just a fashion statement, it’s a lifestyle. Just like the ‘quiet luxury’ trend, this look embodies a sense of heritage and discreet glamour. And while it’s not about having one specific item, or the ‘right’ brand, there are a few jewellery items that capture the essence of the look. From classic tennis bracelets and necklaces to gemstone pieces, signet rings, and matching jewellery sets, each piece contributes to a refined aesthetic.  

Tennis bracelets and necklaces 

Tennis bracelets and necklaces are the epitome of grace and versatility. Originally gaining prominence when Chris Evert’s diamond bracelet broke during a US Open match, the tennis bracelet (and matching necklace) have since become a symbol of both luxury and ‘quiet’ wealth. The simple, yet elegant line of diamonds set in precious metals like platinum or gold offers a timeless appeal that blends seamlessly with both casual and formal attire, giving that chic, effortless look. 

Gemstone jewellery 

Stick to the ‘big 4’ gemstones for a vintage, heirloom style. Emeralds, sapphires, and rubies set in subtle designs ensure that each piece stands out for its elegance and craftsmanship. 

Opt for timeless cuts like oval, pear, or cushion, which highlight the natural beauty of the gemstones, and have been popular in past decades. A classic sapphire ring or a pair of emerald stud earrings can act as the perfect focal point for your look. 

Signet rings 

The signet ring is a hallmark of heritage, historically used to seal letters and documents with a family crest. Today, these rings represent a connection to one’s lineage and are often crafted from gold or silver. They can be personalised with engraved initials, a coat of arms, or a special date. 

You may not have a family crest, but simply wearing a signet ring as a fashion accessory suggests a respect for legacy and continuity, elements that are deeply woven into the ‘old money’ fabric.  

Matching jewellery sets 

Matching sets of jewellery—comprising earrings, a necklace, and sometimes a bracelet—exemplify coordination and thoughtfulness in dressing. With matching jewellery sets being popular in bygone years, these sets are often passed down through generations. 

For those building their collection, investing in a matching set made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship ensures that the pieces can be worn together for a cohesive look, or separately for a more understated style. Take a look at our coloured diamond Elara sets, for a modern twist, or go traditional with the gemstone Astra collection.

Choose the right piece for your look

Whatever your aesthetic, you’re bound to find a piece to match your style at The Diamond Store – check out our selection of womens’ and mens’ jewellery, and find the piece that speaks to you.