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This is not the first time I’m saying this, so if you haven’t paid attention yet, take notes: 2021 is officially the year of over-accessorizing. Don’t freak, I mean it in a good way and the top 2021 jewelry trends are proof. After staying in and lounging in sweats and slippers for most of 2020, many of us are ready to dress to the nines this summer, even if we’re still social distancing and wearing our masks most of the time! When we do go out in public, we want to look our best!
You know all those earrings and necklaces you impulse-purchased while home waiting for the world to restart? You’re in luck because many of 2020’s jewelry trends have rolled over and are still going strong in 2021. We didn’t get a chance to wear them and there’s no way in hell we’re letting them go to waste! Silver jewelry, for instance, has officially replaced gold on the ‘gram and I am here for it. I bought so many silver pieces last year and I’m stoked that I can finally rock them this summer.
Along with silver, pearls are trending right now, with unique freshwater styles and cool shapes on the rise. Say goodbye to perfectly-rounded pearls and old-school strand necklaces! If you are all about the classics, though, you’ll be happy to know pendant necklaces and charm bracelets are in for summer 2021 and personally, I’m ready to rock both. Maybe even at the same time. Maximalism, y’all!
Also on the rise are lab-grown diamonds, so save your coin and get something just as beautiful as the real thing, but way more affordable. Last but not least, beautiful beads will be everywhere, from thin, flat and neutral to big, bold and round. That’s right, folks—we’re bringing arm candy back.
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In 2021, we’re all Team Silver—whether we like it or not. If you can’t commit to a full silver aesthetic just yet, ease your way in by mixing metals. It’s time to step away from the gold chain necklaces, people!
Thin Croissant Pavé Dôme Ring
Of course, silver is the look, but white gold works just as well. Mejuri is my jewelry go-to for that perfect combination of timeless and trendy, like the Thin Croissant Pavé Dôme Ring (which, BTW, is on my finger as we speak).
Flat Curb Cuban Bracelet
Sorry, gold chains! It’s time to rock some silver options in 2021. This chunkier pick from IceLink is so simple and will layer perfectly with any other silver-toned pieces you have.
As people educate themselves about the diamond industry, they’re realizing lab diamonds are just as good as (sometimes better and brighter than!) the real thing. They’re also often way more affordable.
Cosmo Lab Diamond Stud Earrings
I meant what I said when I told you that lab-grown diamonds were stunning! Case in point? These simple studs by With Clarity, done in 10k White Gold for under $300. Oh—and they feel so timeless.
Harmony Lab Diamond Earrings
If you’re looking for more of a statement-making style, don’t think lab diamonds won’t cut it! These stunning half hoops give off major vintage vibes, with three lab-grown diamonds per ear.
Pendants & Charms
Pendant necklaces and charm bracelets were meant to be big in 2020, but seeing as no one was really leaving the house, a lot of accessory trends from last year are rolling over into 2021. Personally, I’m all for it. This early-aughts-inspired trend is here to stay.
Square Charm Bracelet
This dainty bracelet from blogger Lucy Williams’ most recent collection with Missoma is so stunning thanks to that small green charm.
Gothic Initial Necklace
I’m an especially big fan of personalized pendants. This Maison Irem Gothic Initial Necklace is a much, much cooler upgrade than the one I wore in high school.
From bulbous to beachy, beaded earrings, necklaces and bracelets are set to steal the show in 2021. Opt for a summer camp-inspired pick for a playful vibe, or choose a two-tone option for a more elevated look and feel.
Pisa Mixed Bead Stretch Bracelet
This beautiful rainbow and gold beaded bracelet is a total layering essential. The colors included on the beads will go with just about any outfit.
Star Bead Choker
If it looks like I could have made it by hand, I want to wear it all summer long. This affordable beaded choker from BP. fits the bill, on sale for just nine bucks.
Pearls have been in for a while now, but skip the classic strand and go for more unique styles in 2021. Whether the piece itself is the statement, the shape of the pearl, play up your pearls in a new way and fall in love with this classic look all over again.
This Shashi necklace is such a modern take on the classic pearl necklace. The single pearl bead really stands out from all of that gold.
If you prefer a rounded, perfect pearl and least shy away from simple studs. Go for a more unique drop earring, like this pair by Theia Jewelry.