Cool new jewels will take any outfit from drab to fab in an instant making. A few well chosen pieces will not only give your wardrobe a modern edge but will ensure you step out in style every single day. Here are the top trends in jewellery for 2014.

While pearls and gold will never go out of style both have returned to the fore of fashion this year. Never fear we’re not talking twin set and pearls here – this year is all about teaming your pearls with a t-shirt and a pair of your favourite boyfriend jeans. It’s mixing high with low for a cool modern edge. Gold is taking centre stage this year too with a return to simple pieces that become everyday favorites. Take a look at some styles on offer at Michael Hill and you’ll see what we mean.

Kim Kardashian may be to blame for the revival of oversized hoop-earrings and chunky chains but we’re not complaining – this look is totally on trend. The key is the bigger and bolder the better.

It’s time to wear your feelings hopes and desires on your body in the form of pendants and bracelets featuring your favourite symbols and slogans. This year jewellery adorned with zodiac symbols, hearts, feathers, butterflies, stars and inspiring words is de rigueur. The key to this look is layering. More is more this year with jewellery so don’t stop at one bracelet or necklace – layer them for maximum impact.

The easiest way to add a pop of color to your outfit is with some statement pieces. Rare gems: garnets, tourmaline, topaz, and opals, are just a few of the semi-precious stones that will add beauty and excitement to classic jewellery this year. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, though pricey, bring an exotic splash of colour and intrigue while turquoise, moonstones, and onyx offer vintage glam.

Another blast from the past is the return of the brooch! Don’t panic though because just like your favourite set of pearls you’ll be wearing a statement brooch with swag. Pin it over the top button on your favourite shirt and layer necklaces over your brooch for a fashion-forward take on this trend. Friendship bangles are bigger and brighter than ever too but the trick is to layer them also – the more the merrier – it’s an arm party.

This year jewellery reflects who you are more than ever before so add colour, layer up and get ready to turn heads!Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 11.07.51 AM

Above: Michael Hill