You are on Team Chunky if you prefer wearing jewellery that is big, bold, eye-catching, and makes a statement. You are on Team Dainty if you prefer wearing jewellery that is small, subtle, refined, and not nearly as visible. Any type of jewellery counts, whether it’s costume, real, metallic, colourful, resin, plastic, wooden, glass, vintage or brand new.

I’m Team Dainty Jewellery most of the time, and have been all of my life. Back when I wore earrings they were always some sort of small stud. I wear dainty rings and bracelets exclusively, and recently added a dainty gold monogrammed letter “A” necklace to my very small jewellery capsule. I’m small-boned and dainty in stature, so to my eye dainty jewels create complementary proportions.

Pearl RingI fetched my new wedding ring last month (same husband, new ring) and chose a dainty and refined look when designing it. I’m absolutely thrilled with the result.

I make the chunky jewellery exception when it comes to my pearl necklaces. I wear one or two real pearl necklaces with chunky white pearls daily. They are neither subtle nor small, and make a dressy, glam, and Modern Retro statement. I wear them with everything, and everywhere. A few times a year, I layer piles of white costume pearls around my neck with the real pearls just because I love big white pearls. Here are ten year old photos of me doing just that. I love the look as much today as I did back then.


Over to you. Do you bat for Team Chunky or Team Dainty Jewellery? Tell us why, and no batting for both teams. If you can’t pick a side, feel free to sit this one out on the bench where I’m serving a spicy vegetarian Moroccan rice that’s heavy on the veg, ginger and paneer, with cold and sweet Sumo oranges for dessert.

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