About every several months, fashion girls start gravitating toward new jewelry trends that seem to flood my Instagram feed. In August, I distinctly remember when the anklet was having a major moment, and I will certainly never forget when mismatched earrings were first introduced that became a jewelry statement a few years ago. And now, as we enter 2021, my eyes are on my go-to style icons to see what's up next.
As a fashion editor over the last several years, I am continually giving my jewelry repertoire little tweaks and updates based on seasonal trends and new must-haves. And while I will always wear my intimate, personal pieces, I am open to evolving them. Case in point: I gave my stack of dainty, delicate rings a bold update by investing in chunkier, solid gold rings, and I traded my initial necklace for a Taurus one this year.
From modern links and oversized chains to hints of pearl and new colored stones, fashion girls are giving their jewelry a much-needed makeover, too. Now, more than ever, in this new virtual world, jewelry is our true form of expression and style, and that’s what these new trends are giving us. Whether you’re a minimalist and opt for simple pieces or a maximalist who embraces color and bold looks, there is a jewelry trend for you. Keep scrolling to discover the seven jewelry trends fashion girls are saying yes to right now—and you will, too.
Mad for Malachite
The malachite stone is having a major moment right now—and as a May baby with an emerald birthstone and great affinity for green stones, I am here for it. Known as an important protection stone, malachite absorbs negative energy and pollutants, keeping them away from the body, making complete sense of why this stone is being worn in all types of jewelry this year.
Link jewelry will always be a staple, but delicate links are proving to be trendy right now. Tone it down with simpler, styled links that layer quite nicely with your other jewelry pieces. If you're like me and err on the minimalist side of jewelry, this trend is for you.
Bold Silver Rings
Gone are the days of super-thin stacking rings (for now). Introducing the chunkier, silver rings that are perfect for everyday. Replace the four delicate rings with one statement-making ring.
Touch of Pearl
From endless strands to bold pearl earrings, pearls have withstood the test of time. And like many trends this year, pearls are trending more minimal and simple. Opt for pearls that aren't the focal point of the look but a key part of the ensemble. Take a styling cue from our Senior Fashion Editor, Lauren Eggertsen, and style your pearls with a gold chain and t-shirt for an effortlessly cool look.
Perhaps my favorite jewelry trend of the moment, herringbone gold necklaces, is the ultimate update to your go-to gold chain. Perfect for layering, herringbone gold necklaces add a layer of sophistication and instantly dress-up any at-home leisure look.
There's no doubt that beach-inspired jewelry has been on-trend the last several seasons, from shell-everything to jewel-tone pieces. And now, fashion girls are leaning into an elevated version of beach jewelry. Think gold, statement-making pieces, mixed media with beads, pearls, and gold, and sculptural rings and earrings.
The XL Chain
If you err on the maximalist side of jewelry trends, let me introduce you to the XL chain as your new go-to. Take a styling hint from Emili Sindlev, and pair it with your favorite hoodie to add a luxurious touch to a loungewear look. From necklaces and bracelets to earring pairs or singles, you simply cannot go wrong with a chunky, dramatic chain.
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