During awards show season, it’s downright commonplace to see celebrities sporting millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds and other heirloom jewels. But when it comes to everyday accessorizing with personal pieces, nobody impresses us with their jewelry game quite like Nicole Richie. An accessories designer herself (her collection House of Harlow 1960 includes jewelry, shoes, eyewear and handbags), Nicole obviously knows her way around an armful of bangles or smattering of rings—but beyond that, she’s been collecting vintage jewels for years. By mixing her past-era pieces with items from her own line and treasures from her (and her husband, musician Joel Madden’s) frequent travels, she creates unique looks we always admire.
That’s precisely why we were so excited to learn that Nicole had cracked open her jewelry box and opened her impressive accessories collection for The Stone Set, a new jewelry-focused editorial site. As part of the platform’s Collectors series, site founders Jenna Fain and Emerald Carroll (both of whom previously worked in digital media for Coach), asked some of their favorite style stars to share the stories behind their favorite jewels. Nicole’s full feature doesn’t hit TheStoneSet.com until tomorrow—but Lucky snagged an exclusive first look at the designer and fashion personality’s stunning accessory collection! Click through above to peep some of Nicole’s personal jewelry collection, and learn why she treats herself to a new piercing every year, why she prefers her husband not pick out jewelry for her and more.