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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 will be 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 in the new year, even if we’re still social distancing and wearing our masks. 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 are rolling over into the new year. We didn’t get a chance to wear them, and there’s no way in hell we’re letting them go to waste! I was sure 2020 would be the year of silver trumping gold, but it looks like that’ll be a 2021 reality, because I’m still seeing gold chains all over Instagram. Ladies, silver is the future! Layer up!
Along with silver, pearls will still be trending, but more unique, freshwater shapes and cool jewelry silhouettes will be most desirable. Say goodbye to perfectly-rounded pearls and classic strand necklaces! If you are all about the classics, though, you’ll be happy to know pendant necklaces and charm bracelets are in, 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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Silver Twinkle Ring
This is the trend that fashion keeps pushing and society refuses to accept, but I swear by 2021 we’ll all be 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. Start small with a simple silver ring worn alongside your gold bands, and slowly but surely, you’ll become a fan.
Croissant Knocker Earrings
Sorry, gold chains and chunky gold hoops, but it’s time you took a step back and let your silvery sisters (like these Mejuri earrings!) shine.
Cosmo Lab Diamond Stud Earrings
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. Case in point? These classic studs by With Clarity, done in 10k White Gold for under $300.
Harmony Lab Diamond Earrings
If you’re looking for more of a statement 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
Small Ridge Padlock Aegis Chain Bracelet
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
Gothic Initial Necklace
I’m an especially big fan of personalized pendants; call it a residual passion from my high school prepster days, when all I wanted was an acetate monogram necklace. This Maison Irem Gothic Initial Necklace is a much, much cooler upgrade.
Jewel Tone Bracelet Set
From bulbous to beachy, beaded earrings, necklaces and bracelets are set to steal the show in 2021. These beautiful rainbow, turqoise and gold beaded bracelets are total layering essentials.
Stone Beaded Bracelet Set
Remember when arm candy was a thing? It’s back, baby, and chunky beaded sets like this stone duo from Panacea are must-haves for curating a cool-girl stack.
Pearls have been in for a while now, but skip the classic strand and go for more unique styles. Whether the piece itself is the statement, like this Shashi necklace, or the shape of the pearl (freshwater > perfectly rounded!), play up your pearls in a new way and fall in love with this classic look all over again.
If you really do 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.