9 jewelry trends that make us nostalgic for the 2000s
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In fashion, what goes around comes around. Lucky for us, the Y2K vibe has returned for 2022. The late ‘90s to early ‘00s were supercharged with turn-of-the-century excitement, and its jewelry mirrored all of that colorful confidence. It was a time that was all about bold oversized pieces and daisies and smiley faces galore. And after the year we’ve just had, this positivity couldn’t have come at a better time.
Brands like Madewell and H&M are reinventing nostalgia with modern twists. The easiest test to tell if you should dare to wear something off this list: Would Cher or Elle Woods approve?
Everything’s coming up daisies in 2022, with the sunny flower reinventing herself into daisy chains for necklaces and bracelets. Even single blooms are popping up on earrings and rings for head-to-toe (or rather, head-to-finger) flower power.
- Get the Pura Vida Beaded Daisy Bracelet from Amazon for $21
- Get the Boho Polymer Clay Daisy Earrings from Etsy for $20
2. Smiley faces
Returning 2016 emoji jewelry to its roots, the simple smiley face is on everything this year. After all, after the mess that was 2020, we could all use some extra positivity, and an extra little reminder to smile.
- Get the Smiley Face Ring from Etsy for $23
- Get the Chloe & Madison 18K Gold Vermeil Smiley Face Huggie Drop Earrings from Saks Off Fifth for $60
3. Chunky rings
Whether it’s one spotlight piece or stacks on every finger, chunky rings are heavy hitters in our jewelry arsenal this season. You can find them handcrafted from resin—a crossover material that pops up in the super colorful Y2K trend—like these ones from Etsy or in traditional precious metals, like this set from Madewell.
- Get the Colorful Chunky Rings from Etsy for $16.99
- Get the Chunky Stacking Ring Set from Madewell for $28
With links (pun intended) to Rihanna and Jennifer Aniston, chains—be it in the form of necklaces, bracelets, or even face mask holders—are very in this year. However, instead of being the vehicle for your cutest charms, today’s chains are without pendants and instead are front-and-center in their own right: the bigger the better.
- Get the Mixed-Metal Chain Bracelet from J.Crew for $39.50
- Get the Madewell Paper Clip Chain Necklace from Nordstrom for $32
Fluttering their way into the style scene, butterflies are taking their cue from the sweet hair clips of the late ‘90s and settling on our necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in the daintiest of styles. Tip: Opt for understated butterfly accents in gold or silver for a look that's more elegant than costumey.
- Get the Fly Away Butterfly Drop Earring from Urban Outfitters for $18
- Get the Mariposa Rhinestone Short Necklace from Urban Outfitters for $18
Maybe it was Harry Styles' viral choker or Vice President Kamala Harris' signature necklace. No matter the influence, pearls are once again chic. Layer on strand atop strand of pearlescent orbs with Baublebar's extensive collection or keep it classy with J.Crew's timeless pearl studs.
Miniature or oversized. Beaded or sleek metal. Circular or oblong. Regardless of the shape or size, hoop earrings are everywhere right now. Snag a budget-friendly pair from Forever 21 or spend a little extra on a quality set from Mejuri, the Instagram-famous jewelry brand we've tried and loved.
The padlock trend, which started with Louis Vuitton's iconic lock, has recently made a resurgence. But you don't have to spend thousands on a designer piece to wear it. Nail two fads in one with a pair of mini padlock hoops from Etsy or this luxe necklace from Stella & Dot which you can personalize with the charms of your choosing.
Too much of a good thing is apparently a very good thing when it comes to color and your jewelry. Enter 2022's playful rainbow trend. Think: gummy bear chokers, oversized chain links in every color, and bright beads that resemble candy necklaces.
- Get the Gummy Bear Necklace Colorful Resin from Amazon for $8.99
- Get the Double-Strand Necklace from H&M for $14.99
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