Jewelry Trends

5 Key Jewelry Trends To Know In 2024

Give your jewelry collection a glow-up with cool and contemporary designs that match the moment, says CHARLIE BOYD

Layered necklaces

Whether you look to street-style photography of tastemakers attending the FW24 runway shows or the latest looks from the Oscars red carpet, it’s impossible to ignore the return of necklace layering. While some brands, including Marie Lichtenberg and Marla Aaron, do all the hard work for you (think multi-strand pieces and long cords that can be double-looped), there are plenty of imaginative ways to stack up simple chains and pendants to create eclectic texture. Chunky chains by David Yurman, Foundrae and Lauren Rubinski, for example, serve as great base pieces for additional charms, personalized motifs or unusual gems. Don’t be afraid to mix metals, either: the more precious materials, the merrier.

Whether it’s jet-black gems or blackened metals, pitch-black jewelry is big news for 2024

Black gold and diamonds

Whether it’s the persisting penchant for ’90s and 2000s fashion, or a kickback against the predictable influx of pastels each spring, jet-black jewels are set to be big in 2024. Fine jewelers are experimenting with onyx, black enamel and especially blackened metals – rhodium and blackened gold add a gritty edge to classic settings. Select sapphires that are pitch-black, discover the glossy gleam of black jade, and enjoy how black jewels by Spinelli Kilcollin and Yvonne Léon pair well with white gold, which continues to reign supreme this season.

The iridescent gleam and intricate patterns of shells will bring a whimsical flair to any jewely collection

Shell jewelry

Continuing from 2023’s ‘mermaid-core’ moment – a quirky result of the year’s hit movies The Little Mermaid and Barbie – beachy, bohemian jewels are set to be one of 2024’s top trends. Seashell motifs by Almasika and Sydney Evan can be slipped into your existing earscape and wrist stack, while natural shells, pearl, palm-tree and shark-tooth motifs will bring coastal design codes into your collection for spring. Shells – often chosen for their talismanic symbolism – will prove especially popular; choose pieces that showcase the iridescent gleam of abalone, conch and mother-of-pearl.

Souped-up hoop earrings

The millennials among us will never forget the force that was Jennifer Lopez wearing huge hoop earrings circa 2003 in her hit music video Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Twenty years later, jumbo-sized jewels are back – and it’s time to soup up your hoop earrings once more. Lopez is a long-standing fan of Jennifer Fisher, and the New York-based designer’s ‘Sarah’, ‘3”” Thread’ and ‘2”” Thread’ styles are the perfect choice for lightweight, demi-fine designs. Those looking to invest in a solid-gold pair should opt for Anita Ko’s 18-karat-gold oversized design, or Messika’s ‘Move Uno Large’ style. Keep the rest of your jewelry styling minimal – if you’re an incurable magpie and must add extra bling, make sure it’s a modern and minimalist choker that echoes a Y2K vibe.

OTT hoop earrings – a versatile addition to any look – are back in a big way
Expect to see jumbo-sized, architectural cuffs adorning wrists this year

A hero cuff

Expect a distinct shift away from whisker-fine chain bracelets layered 10 at a time, with a step towards chunky, ‘one and done’ designs. This is where the hero cuff comes in handy – providing a one-piece arm party. Modern and bold designs by Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta hail straight from this season’s ready-to-wear runways, while fine-jewelry designers are experimenting with sculpted gold and silver, mixed-metal tones and vibrant gemstones. David Yurman’s ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Sculpted Cable’ styles are iconic odes to classic bangle design, while Amrapali London and Marina B explore semi-precious jewels and diamond detailing.


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