A new season calls for a wardrobe re-haul. While accessories have always been a big part of upgrading our seasonal style, re-addressing the state of our jewelry stands and upgrading with the help of the latest jewelry trends is even more important this year. After all, how else can we make Zoom meetings interesting?
So, what are the big jewelry trends for this season, we hear you cry? Well, while once upon a time all of our inspiration for new season trends would have come straight from the catwalks, we’re seeing increasingly that social media and influencers are calling the shots on what’s hot.
While fashion week trends are still present—particularly the heavy gold chains we’ve been seeing the last few seasons—cult brands like WALD and Missoma (opens in new tab) are injecting playfulness and character into necklace and pendant designs online.
Another big focus point for now, and we hope forever, is sustainability. As consumers continuously seek to up their knowledge of eco-friendly brands, materials like recycled silver are becoming more popular as do the independent creators leading the charge on sustainable jewelry.
So, swat up on what’s going to be big for jewelry over the next few months...
Biggest jewelry trends for this season
We’re always looking for ways to be more sustainable and right now we’re taking the lead from some of our favourite independent eco-friendly jewellery brands who are championing pieces made from recycled silver, also known as eco silver.
Emma Aitchison is the place for eco-silver "keep forever" pieces. Emma spent years working In London but returned to her countryside roots to start her jewellery brand, which is all about feeling inspired by nature. For example, the sold-out for now, Swell Ring is deliciously chunky, with uneven grooves and bumps—all of which are satisfyingly smooth—representing the ocean.
Emma Aitchison, Water Pool earrings, £75 (opens in new tab)
The Water Pool earrings with their undulating edges, capture the same spirit of the Swell Ring, so are a great alternative whilst the Swell Ring is out of stock.
Plus, each piece of jewelry is delivered in chic, eco-friendly packaging, with a cleaning cloth and instructions to make sure your purchase stays looking its best.
2. Chunky gold chains
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Fashion heavy-hitters like Off White, Saint Lauren and Balmain have been sending heavy, open link chained jewellery down the runway since 2019, and it’s a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Whether it be a huge, hanging earring or a thick-set necklace (a la Paul Mescal), when it comes to these chains, the chunkier the better. Oh, and to nail the look make sure you’re investing in a yellow-gold hue.
Oma The Label, The Kosi Bracelet, $110 (opens in new tab)
Oma The Label is founded by New York-based fashion stylist Neumi Anekhe, who uses her jewelry line as an opportunity to challenge homogenous industry standards and represent people of color. We love The Kosi Bracelet, which is inspired by the brand’s Nigerian heritage.
Lelia + Mae, Bonnie Bracelet, $48 (opens in new tab)
Lelia + Mae is another place to check out if you’re on the hunt for a bracelet that ticks the chunky, gold box. We’re particularly into the Bonnie Bracelet which has a chunky rolo style chain, perfect for making a statement.
If your heart is set on recreating the gold-adorned necks of models at the A/W 2020 shows, though, you need to see Susan Caplan Vintage’s 1980s Double Link Chain Necklace at Liberty London. We say embrace its 80s roots and opt for a maximalist effect, teaming it with big earrings and even bigger hair.
3. Drop choker necklaces
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Choker necklaces often experience a renaissance in the winter months, adding a touch of glamour to our glittery party outfits. Now they’ve become paired back as we see dainty, singular chains rise through the fashion ranks.
Specifically, chains punctuated with tiny droplets of metal or gemstones is the look we’re dying to recreate, either layered with other necklaces and a classic white tee or taking center stage with a square-necked dress.
If sustainability is on your radar, you’ll love the eco-friendly brand Little by Little Jewellery. Founded by two best friends, the ethos behind the accessories is to support women who need it most with charity partnerships and a dream of starting their own jewelry-making foundation where they can offer re-skilling and employment. We adore their Apple Nine Pop Necklace in gold, which as the name suggests, features nine tiny pips hanging from it.
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Moonstone, the pearly gemstone with an other-worldly translucence, is a favourite with jewellery brands right now. We’ve seen the use of this stone more and more in designs recently and we’re loving its magical aesthetic. What’s more, it’s said to exude beneficial properties for women including serenity and calmness, while its changing colours are supposed to reflect the cycle of the moon which is in turn, linked to a woman’s own fertility cycle.
Jewelry failsafe Missoma has a whole collection of moonstone pieces, spanning rings to pendants. We particularly like the Gold Moonstone Square Locket Rope Necklace, which opens to fit a small photo inside and can be engraved on the back, too.
5. Pearls in every which way
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The pearl trend has been in full flow since last spring, which continued through the catwalks this Autumn and is still going strong. While Marc Jacobs opted for a high society aesthetic (think an elegant string choker and stud earrings), we’ve also seen this timeless material given a bohemian, art deco, or vintage spin.
Berlin-based brand WALD are masters of pearly shell jewelry, with their playful, mermaid-esque designs having become Instagram legends. Plus, all their jewelry is handmade by a collective of women and grandmothers who otherwise would be struggling with unemployment. We have a soft spot for the Le Chic necklace which gives us serious The Little Mermaid vibes.
If you’re looking for something a little sleeker, Pandora’s Freshwater Cultured Baroque Pearl pendant is a safe bet. This covetable piece always sells out—but is back in stock, thankfully—and looks good with every outfit.
6. Celestial influences
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Both the worlds of fashion and accessories have been inspired by all things celestial for a while now, but we’re not any less bewitched by the sun, stars, and moons as time goes on. In fact, as the evenings get darker, we’re even more excited at the thought of wearing something that reflects the inky night’s sky.
For a contemporary interpretation of the celestial trend, we love these earrings by way of Dutch cool-girl brand Anna + Nina available at Anthropologie. The Rising Sun Earrings captures the glorious rays of the rising sun around a pink shiny stone, which makes a real sculptural statement. It’s a design full of mystery and magic.
If you’re really looking for a showstopper though, may we suggest you check out Arlette Gold where you’ll find a curated selection of jewelry from independent designers all over the world. We can’t stop thinking about the Star hoops which are a fun way to wear a hoop trend. As they say, the bigger the hoop.
7. Nods to ancient history
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History has always played muse to the creators of the present, but all throughout 2020 and so far this year, we’re seeing references to Ancient Greece and Rome adorning pendants and rings from our favorite designers, big and small.
Both societies shared the same gods, although they had different names for them. For example, the goddess of love was known as Aphrodite to the Greeks, while the Romans called her Venus. Designs depicting this shared mythology are only gaining in popularity as more brands experiment with the personalities and stories of the divine.
Cult New York-based brand Common Era was founded only a year ago by Torie Tilley, who’d become wary of working in the “boys club” tech industry. In 2019, she focused on creating an ethical, environmentally conscious, and compassionate brand with designs that represent her fascination with ancient history. Many of her pieces refer to Greek Mythology, and we’ve fallen head over heels in love with the Aphrodite Medallion which is crafted from solid sterling silver and set with a natural deep berry rhodolite garnet.
We're still obsessed with the Missoma x Lucy Williams collaboration—it's the gift that keeps on giving. This set features three pieces, a flat gold chain, a thin delicate chain, and a pendant with a nod that ancient history that is very on-trend. J'adore.
Megan Murray is editor of Soho Home and has ten years of experience in lifestyle journalism writing across topics such as interiors, food, and travel. Previously, she launched interiors franchises for Stylist.co.uk, where she was senior writer and still freelances, as well as for sites such as Square Meal and Mr Porter. Megan has a passion for shining a light on the stories of talented womxn and has interviewed the likes of Mariah Carey, Munroe Bergdorf and Maya Jama. In her spare time, Megan loves decorating her rental, reading independent magazines and exploring the UK.
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