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I’ll be honest—I’m not a religious follower of jewelry trends. If I spend a lot on a piece, I’m wearing it for the next decade, no questions asked! But in terms of more affordable, ~fun~ accessories, I do look to the trend cycle for inspo when it comes to buying a pastel chain here, a nameplate necklace there. With this in mind, I’ve taken an interested in the top jewelry trends for 2022 worth trying.
This year’s looks are the perfect blend of statement-making fun and wearable subtlety. Everyday trends like signet rings and nameplate necklaces are getting a revamp to suit the Gen Z masses, so don’t be surprised if every girl you know is wearing both in a matter of months.
Over on the more extravagant side of the spectrum, extra-colorful jewelry is key, so swap your simple metals for pastel acrylics, vivid plastics and saturated gemstones. Of course, you can also opt to throw on a blingy choker and call it a day!
Below, read on for the scoop on the top jewelry trends for 2022, plus a few of our favorite must-shops.
Whenever I’m feeling a little dull, I like to add a pair of dangly earrings to my outfit. There’s only one rule: the sparklier, the better. Wearing a pair of dangly earrings is like walking around with a halo lighting up your face. They will make your skin and smile glow and they always look good in photos. Don’t save your pair for special occasions—wear them with a chunky sweater to beat the winter blues.
Crystal Pendant Earrings
2022 is all about maximalism, so replace your everyday studs with these stunning shoulder-sweeping earrings.
London Crystal Fringe Drop Earrings
The asymmetrical waterfall shape of these earrings will frame your face and bring attention to your jaw line. Pair with a bright red lip for maximum impact.
Cue the Color
Moschino’s pastel SS22 runway showed models wearing chunky colored chains and charms that looked more like baby toys than accessories. A good gold or silver piece still has its place, but any time you can lean into color this season, it’s a safe bet you won’t regret it.
Dulcis Cocktail Ring
Swarovski has been killing the colorful cocktail ring game as of late. This piece has been on my mind for months.
Dylan Face Mask Chain
I’m still pro mask chain, and these lightweight plastic picks from Pretty Connected are available in an array of fun shades. Bonus points for layering.
Logomania has broken the trend cycle odds and designers’ signature patterns and prints are still being placed all over the season’s hottest clothing items. Designer logo pins and brooches are a great way to participate without breaking the bank. A designer pin looks amazing hooked onto the lapel of a ZARA blazer or the corner of a beret. You can add the pin to any piece and make your whole outfit luxury.
Crystal Logo Brooch
This Saint Laurent brooch reads like a glitzed-out name tag in the best way. Splurge on this dazzling pin instead of buying a new dress and it will make your outfit feel brand new.
Metal Double G Brooch with Crystals
If you’re looking to modernize an old bag, adding this glittery Gucci brooch will do the trick. The crystal outline is perfect for turning heads.
You know those thin gold chains you’ve been layering? Time to take ’em off and swap for one major statement-maker. Blingy, chunky chokers are all the rage, a major upgrade from the black velvet ones we all thought were chic in college. Think costume glamour, but styled for everyday shenanigans.
This season’s gold chains require a little extra flair. Go for a chunky chain choker with a statement pendant like this gem stone.
Choker with Crystal Flower Center
If you’re dressing up for a fancy night out, skip the statement earrings and leave the glitz to your choker. This sparkly Joomi Lim number is certainly not for the subtle.
Finally, a return to the classics! Signet rings have been around for decades and give any look an heirloom feel. Bonus points if you can snag a vintage piece from your great-grandma or local flea market, but a store-bought signet still gets the job done.
Amazon’s The Shop by Shopbop has tons of trendy jewelry brands and SHASHI is one of my faves. I love the detail on this simple signet‘s band.
Honey Mini Signet
I’m all about a pinky ring, so a pinky signet feels seriously fun. This $50 Mejuri pick features a sweet honey bee design.
Names, initials, zodiac signs and lucky numbers are officially the cool new accessories of the moment. Think Bella Hadid in her Dilara Findıkoğlu Anne Boleyn-inspired B choker. Go for a personalized piece with either a timeless charm (Did your Mom buy that for you?) or a super of-the-moment twist (TikTok made you buy it!).
Carrie Font Name Necklace
If you want a classic, old-school nameplate a la Carrie Bradshaw, I highly recommend snagging a custom piece for a steal via Etsy.
Custom Pearl Princess Necklace
Oh, you’d rather go bold? Frasier Sterling has tons of Gen-Z approved letter and name pieces, like this eye-catching pearl piece.