The True Prep on Jewelry
Thirty years have passed since The Official Preppy Handbook was published, but there is renewed hope as the recently updated edition guides prepdom into the 21st Century. Author Lisa Birnbach has teamed up with designer Chipp Kidd to bring us True Prep: It’s a Whole New World.
Indeed, much has changed over the last thirty years, but some noted traditional jewelry style maxims still hold true. Always remove one piece of jewelry before leaving the house, bigger diamonds are for evening, and pearls are for anytime. The author selects Verdura as the ultimate preppy jeweler. While his jewels are undeniably stunning, I believe the jewels of Verdura were selected primarily for their lack of pretension.
The book is also host to a three page list of vintage stores, where you are all but guaranteed to find the best in costume jewels. After all, if it is good enough for the First Ladies, it should be good enough.
My only complaint is the down putting of signet rings, one of my favorite pieces of preppy jewelry.