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Fall Jewelry Trends: Back to the Classics

by Katie Hawley

Aug 17, 2018

Because there's no competing with timeless.

Colorful statement rings from Soft Gold Co.
Photo by: Soft Gold Co.

From chokers and fanny packs to athletic slides and scrunchies, when it comes to unmistakably of-its-time fashion, there’s no denying that the ‘90s delivered. No matter how you feel about the recent resurgence of teeny-tiny sunglasses, there’s something deeply satisfying about seeing some of our favorite looks from the decade that brought us both Friends and "The Macarena" come around again—often in updated, fully 2018-ready interpretations. This fall, the hottest jewelry styles on the street revive and reinterpret some of the most classic of ‘90s styles, and the results are both nostalgia-inducing and refreshingly wearable. Which one will you bring back?

Gold chains

Virtually clash-proof and therefore ideal for everyday wear, dainty gold chain necklaces are the plain white T-shirts of the jewelry world. Available in assorted lengths, these layering pieces from Nantes, France-based Myo Jewel offer an understated take on their pre-millennial predecessors, whether you went for chunky, hip-hop–inspired chains or ultra-feminine, personalized pendants. They’re minimalist, delicate, and guaranteed to never go out of style.

Cocktail rings

The perfect pièce de résistance for any work happy hour or weekend brunch outfit? A bold, look-at-me cocktail ring that’s certain to spark conversation. This '40s-era example from Brooklyn's Eddie & Rose features a turquoise-hued stone carved with a scarab—a popular motif for jewelry, amulets, and official seals since the days of ancient Egypt. Doesn't get any more old-school than that!

Hoop earrings

When it comes to hoops, we’re not afraid to go big. And truth be told, we never stopped sporting these oversized face-framers, so we’re extra-delighted to see them topping the list of popular pieces for fall. For a modern take on the time-tested trend, consider opting for some surface texture—like the dotted finish of these gold danglers from Soft Gold Co, made by hand in Pittsburgh, PA.


First popular in the Victorian era and coming in and out of vogue plenty of times since then, lockets provide the ultimate romantic vessel for keeping photos and other treasured keepsakes (literally) close to your heart. Available in both gold and silver, this hand-painted heart-shaped locket from Edinburgh’s Willow is the perfect present-day version for any avid stargazer or zodiac buff. Customize it with the four star signs of your choosing, be it to commemorate your girl squad's individual signs or to celebrate the birth dates of your babies.


Enjoying a rise in popularity since last fall, pearls are holding strong this season. But remember, we’re not talking about the strands your grandma wore—today’s pearls are refreshingly contemporary. For proof, look no further than these modern ear jackets made in Montreal by the biologist-turned-jeweler behind Le Cubicule. Available in both sterling silver and gold-filled versions, they're a less-preppy, more-edgy presentation of June’s beloved birthstone.

Charm bracelets

Throwing it back to the days of trading charms in the schoolyard, charm bracelets are back on the jewelry scene in a big way this season. And thanks to an ample supply of readymade options, you can showcase your unique personal style without waiting to collect all the just-right add-ons in real time. Case in point? This terrarium charm bracelet from The Butterfly and Toadstool, made with real forest moss from Scotland and tiny brass leaf and acorn charms. It’s where nostalgia meets nature, and the perfect way to keep a piece of the great outdoors with you year-round.

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Katie Hawley

Katie Hawley is a senior editor at Etsy. She's also an aspiring weaver, a perpetual snacker, and head-over-heels obsessed with her dog.