Jewelry Trends

The ‘70s Jewelry Trends To Add To Your Wardrobe Now

Rachel Akmakjian


Rachel Akmakjian

7 Top ‘70s Jewelry Trends to Love and Wear Right Now

Jewelry trends come and go. With the resurgence of 90s fashions, plastic chokers popped up on the jewelry scene. With the popularity of shows like “Bridgerton,” we’ve noticed more Regency-core jewelry inspired by the high society fashions of early 1800s England.

However, one jewelry trend that might’ve surprised you in recent months? The ‘70s jewelry trends are being sported by influencers and celebs alike.

If you want to incorporate 1970s jewelry trends into your style, there’s no need to shop for vintage jewelry specifically or raid your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry box. Just look for these seven top jewelry styles of the ‘70s wherever you like to shop for jewelry.

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What You Will Learn

1. The Chunky Necklace

Layered necklaces have been a thing over the last few years, so you may already have a chunky necklace or two in your jewelry box that you purchased for layering with some smaller pieces.

However, this season, give that chunky necklace a solo spin. Wear it alone and pair it with a top with a suitable neckline for your necklace’s size, shape, and length (yes, you need to match your necklace to your neckline) for a bold but simple statement necklace.

2. Woven Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets have been everywhere in fashion recently, primarily thanks to Taylor Swift’s Eras tour. Concertgoers made a point of making and wearing their own friendship bracelets to the show, which they’d then swap with other concertgoers.

However, this trend is nothing new. Woven friendship bracelets were all the rage when it came to ’70s jewelry. Today, you don’t need to break out the yarn and colorful beads to make your own (though it is a fun craft project if you want to give it a go). You can, instead, buy them from your favorite fashion brand or local jewelry maker.

3. Thick Bangles

When it comes to statement jewelry, every woman needs a thick bangle in her collection. A thick bangle can go with many outfits, from casual to dressy, depending on the materials and style, and it adds class and eye-catching interest with minimal effort.

4. Gold Hoops

This ‘70s jewelry trend combines two things the ‘70s loved: yellow gold and big, dangling earrings. Much like other statement pieces, these large dramatic earrings work well with just about any outfit, casual to dressy.

5. The Cocktail Ring

In contrast, the cocktail ring is one of the ‘70s jewelry trends that need careful consideration in your dressier ensembles. Cocktail rings are sysnonomous with being larger-than-life, with big, dramatic, colorful stones surrounded by more complex features. Cocktail rings are often considered costume jewelry, so their price tag may not necessarily match their initial appearance. Flashy and fun, a cocktail ring adds color and life to a little black dress or pantsuit.

6. Gold Chains

This jewelry staple is one of the ‘70s jewelry styles that both men and women can get behind. Gold chains were popular for everyone in the 1970s.

7. Natural Materials

Not all 70’s jewelry trends were about large, flashy gemstones (real or not) and gold statement pieces. Materials that reflected the inherent beauty of the natural world were also popular. Think wooden bangles painted in earthy tones or jewelry set with natural stones such as turquoise.


7 Top ‘70s Jewelry Trends

How to Embrace ‘70s Jewelry Trends Without Shopping for New Pieces

You can channel the 1970s and its jewelry trends without adding a new piece to your jewelry collection. If you own a nice variety of pieces, you likely have the basics needed to assemble a vintage outfit. Here’s how.

Layer, Layer, Layer

While jewelry layering has been a popular fashion trend for several years, it was equally popular in the 1970s. Grab your favorite accessories and layer those necklaces, multiple bangles, and rings.

Go Big and Bold

While you may not have any disco jewelry in your collection, you may still have a popular fashion accessory or two that are bigger or bolder. Pull one of those pieces out and wear it regularly as a statement piece.

Embrace the Timeless Elegance of Gold

Yellow gold was prominent in the 1970s. Dig out your gold pieces and wear them often for an all-gold, shining look.

What to Remember When Shopping for Vintage Pieces

There’s no reason to settle for merely vintage inspired pieces, though. You can get the real deal. The 1970s weren’t long ago, so you can often find jewelry from this era at antique shops or auction houses or by reputable sellers online.

If you decide to shop for vintage pieces, there are a few things to remember.

  • Be prepared to compete for the best pieces.

The vintage jewelry market is trendy now, with collectors buying up favorite pieces from their favorite eras. If you’re trying to snag a great deal on a designer piece from the 1970s, you might experience a little sticker shock when you see what prime pieces are going for.

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  • A signed piece doesn’t equal the best piece.

A signed piece of jewelry bears a mark indicating who made it, whether a high-end designer or otherwise. While many first-time vintage jewelry collectors place a high value on finding signed and marked pieces, don’t dismiss a piece just because it’s unmarked or unsigned. You can still find high-quality, beautiful jewelry with no markings.

  • Be careful when shopping online.

Lastly, if you’re trying to buy vintage pieces online, always ask for as much information as possible. Photos, videos, measurements, and appraisal documentation can help ensure you buy an authentic piece that matches your expectations.

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New or Just New-to-You, Keep Your Jewelry Safe

Whether you’re buying brand-new pieces of gold jewelry to add to your collection and help you build a ‘70s-style aesthetic or shopping around for a vintage piece that will grow in value in the future, keep your jewelry investments safe.

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Rachel's expertise is further enhanced by her distinction as a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), equipping her with exceptional knowledge in gem identification and grading. Her education and experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the demands and expectations facing jewelers and customers in today’s evolving retail marketplace.