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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 season, even if we’re still 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 last year? 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 season.
Along with silver, pearls are seriously trending right now, with unique freshwater styles and cool shapes on the rise. Say goodbye to perfectly round pearls and old-school strand necklaces! If you are all about the classics, though, you’ll be happy to know pendant necklaces are in for fall 2021 and personally, I’m ready to add them into my usual rotation. Maximalism, y’all!
Enamel picks are also still going strong this season, but they now come in classic shades of black and white rather than just the Rainbow Brite options that were everywhere over the summer. Last but not least, colorful beaded picks are super trendy for the new season. Style all of your beaded options together for a Y2K-inspired jewelry look that feels so fresh for fall 2021.
Read on for the top 2021 jewelry trends as mentioned above, plus the pieces we’re eyeing now.
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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!
Bamboo Hoop Earrings
These otherwise classic Bamboo Hoop Earrings from John Hardy feature a hand-carved bamboo design for a natural touch that contrasts their sterling-silver finish perfectly.
Thin Croissant Pavé Dôme Ring
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).
While summer 2021 was all about colorful enamel jewelry, more subdued hues reign supreme this season. Opt for picks that come in either white or black for maximum versatility—and don’t be afraid to choose a bracelet or ring that has a little sparkle to it!
This Giro Ring from Baublebar looks like it should cost upwards of 100 dollars—but it’s priced at only $32! Let’s hear it for jewelry that feels luxe but is actually super affordable!
Toronto Dôme Ring
This Toronto Dôme Ring from Mejuri is here to add some volume to your usual stack this season. Think of it as the LBD of rings—it will go with everything!
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.
Trevi Coin Necklace
The classic coin necklace gets a glam update by way of a teeny tiny little sparkler on this 24K antique gold-plated pick from NOTTE.
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.
Custom Lucky You Choker
Why buy any beaded choker when you can buy one that’s Hailey Bieber-approved? This customizable pick from Frasier Sterling was made to be shown off.
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.
Double Imitation Pearl Earrings
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.