Hi, Dawn, I agree with most of the advice so far, but I side with
the plain manicure–you can live without the calluses for 10 days!
When I do an “event,” I always get them done short, with a soft,
almost skin tone, polish, so they don’t disract from my rings, etc,
but still look “together.”
Also, I don’t know if Betty Halbreich still works as a “fashion
therapist” (i.e. personal shopper) at Bergdorf’s but, if she does,
I’d call her. First of all, she may have some good advice about how
to present yourself (she doesn’t just do “straight”) and it might be
free. Second, if she likes your jewelry, she will send you just the
"clients" who will appreciate it most.