white-watchesWith the dog days of August here, what kind of jewelry should you be wearing? The idea is to add some sparkle and shine without feeling heavy and weighed down.

Here are some gorgeous what-to-wear suggestions, courtesy of jewelry expert, Beth Bernstein, and Forbes.com.

Adorn your arm with colorful bracelets. Bracelets are the perfect accessories for your short sleeve and sleeveless outfits of the summer. Mimic the bright hues of the season with bracelets in radiant, summery colors. Also look for inspiration from the beach by wearing sea shells, starfish and other nautical-inspired shapes.

Have fun with ankle bracelets. Although ankle bracelets first became popular decades ago, they still remain a summer fashion staple. Choose from endless designs — from delicate chains to more ornate styles accented with stones and even letters to spell out a word. For an earthier vibe, try an anklet made from a leather cord.

Go with featherlight earrings. When the temperature rises, go with earrings that have a lightweight look and feel. You can never go wrong with classic studs or small hoops with tiny stones. If you have multiple holes in your lobes have some fun by mixing and matching these styles.

Fight frizz with hair jewels. When humidity is giving you a bad hair day, reach for bejeweled headbands, combs or barrettes to tame your tresses while adding a pretty touch. Bobby pins and small barrettes add a feminine touch to shorter hair, while larger barrettes and hairclips keep long tresses off the face and shoulders. By learning how to work with hair jewels, you can create many updos —pretty and romantic or ultra-modern and sleek — depending on your outfit.

Dress up your dress with brooches. Brooches may sound old fashioned, but these classic pieces have found their way back and can work with many modern outfits. Brooches and small bar pins or fancy diamond-encrusted safety pins can add instant visual intrigue. Wear them on the straps of a little black dress or on the side of the waistband of a flowy summer sundress. Brooches are also the perfect accessory to take with you on your late-summer vacation. They can transform a simple dress from day to evening in just a few seconds.

Keep rings simple, yet sparkly. Consider swapping out multiple stackable rings or chunky, bold rings for one thin or medium width eternity band. You’ll be surprised how it stands out when you are wearing little else on your hands or wrists. Diamonds and other sparkling pieces look especially great in the summer, as they capture the sunlight. Eternity bands come in a variety of stones, shapes and cuts. Choose from diamonds, white sapphires, white topaz or crystal to create an ultra-streamlined look with just the hint of sparkle .

Go lighter on necklace layering. If you love the layered necklace look, opt for delicate chains to keep your overall look light and airy.

Hoop earrings are always a summer staple. If there’s one piece of jewelry that never goes out of style, it’s the hoop earring. Hoops are always fun, playful and conveniently versatile. Wear small hoops during 9 to 5 and large hoops for a fun evening out with friends. For a classic look, opt for sterling silver or gold, or for a sophisticated look, try hoops accented with marcasite, Swarovski crystals or diamonds.

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Source: Forbes.com