Jewelry Trends

These 90s Jewelry Trends Are Back!

Rachel Akmakjian

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Rachel Akmakjian

The 90s Jewelry Trends Worth Adding to Your Wardrobe

No one can deny that 90s jewelry trends have recently experienced a significant resurgence. In fact, almost all of the 90s fashion is coming back. Gen Z is channeling your favorite Delia’s catalog from back in the day, from bike shorts and sweatshirts, a la Princess Diana, to baggy jeans and crop tops, to the slip dresses that were all the rage at every red carpet event during the 1990s.

While you might not be keen on digging out your old pair of denim overalls or investing in some jelly shoes, you can still add some 90s style to your look when you re-embrace jewelry from the 90s. Some of these looks are still as fire as ever (are the youths still saying that?).

Here’s the most popular 90s jewelry to wear right now.

Most popular 90s jewelry

What You Will Learn

1. Choker Necklaces

Chokers look good with just about any outfit. Available in an array of casual and formal styles and hardly relegated to just 90s women’s jewelry, this is an accessory that anyone can wear for any occasion.

Pair a sleek black velvet choker with your favorite party dress, or add a fun pop of color to any casual ’fit with a plastic tattoo choker. (We wouldn’t be surprised if they sell these again at your local mall’s Claire’s!)

2. Hoop Earrings

Popularized by iconic symbols and pop stars like Jennifer Lopez, hoops were the height of 90s earring trends. The bigger, the better, so don’t be afraid to go bold.

3. Nameplate Necklaces

Similarly, name necklaces came into fashion through pop culture icons like Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Sex and the City” character, Carrie Bradshaw.

If you’re unfamiliar, a nameplate necklace is what it sounds like – a necklace that displays your first name, usually written in cursive, at the end of a necklace, often in gold. As far as 1990s jewelry trends go, this one was one of the boldest and most eye-catching.

Fast forward to the present day, and these necklaces are back, but refined palates have fine-tuned the style to upgrade it with more delicate and smaller pendants.

4. Bangles

Bangles are not exclusive to jewelry in the 90s. This classic piece of jewelry has floated in and out of style for decades. (For example, in the 1970s, thick bangles became a staple).

To keep with the 90’s jewelry trends, opt for colorful bangles and gold, and consider stacking thinner bangles.

5. Mood Rings

Mood rings captivated wearers for a while, many claiming this simple (and often cheap) piece of costume jewelry could reveal the wearer’s true mood.

In reality, these rings contain materials that change color with temperature fluctuations. So, if the ring is a green color, the wearer’s emotional state is neutral or average. If it turns blue, supposedly, the wearer is happy. If the ring turns darker or gray, the wearer is supposedly in a bad mood.

If a mood ring sounds like the perfect fit for your costume jewelry collection, have fun with it — but maybe don’t put too much stock into what it says about your emotional state.

90s jewelry trends

6. Heart-Shaped Gemstone Pendants

There were a few different symbols that helped define 90s jewelry trends. Butterflies were popular, but so were hearts, and heart-shaped gemstone pendants are reappearing on necklaces and bracelets alike. Sometimes, the pendant takes on the shape of one gemstone, but more often, the pendant features a precious metal base that houses an array of colorful gemstones or just one or two gemstones alongside other design features.

7. Anklets

Anklets and other jewelry you might wear on your feet, like toe rings or even anklets attached to toe rings via a decorative metal chain, were prominent in the 90s. These jewelry pieces ranged in style, from casual looks with colorful beads or just a simple chain to more elaborate options with many charms.

8. Chandelier Earrings

We’ve already discussed how hoop earrings took center stage in 90s jewelry fashion, but they weren’t the only bold beauties to hit the earring scene. Another popular option was chandelier earrings, with elongated, dangling features ranging from interconnecting hoops to long lengths of gemstones.

Chandelier earrings are more of a formal piece, so wear them with care.

9. Arm Cuffs

Popular jewelry in the 90s also included arm cuffs or bangles made for wearing around your upper arm and often designed to twist around the arm multiple times for a wrap-around effect.

Jewelry of the 90s FAQs

What jewelry was popular in the 90s?

 Favorite jewelry styles in the 1990s included many big, bold pieces and more feminine and delicate design motifs. For example, chokers, arm cuffs, hoop earrings, and chandelier earrings were eye-catching, but hearts and butterflies were popular on charm bracelets or pendants. Small chains were also popular, especially for pieces like anklets.

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What earrings were popular in the 1990s?

The most popular earrings in the 1990s were big and oversized. Think large hoop earrings or near-shoulder-length chandelier earrings.

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Is 90s jewelry expensive?

Not necessarily! If you’re shopping for authentic 90s jewelry, you don’t need to go to estate sales or auctions like you might if you were shopping for antique or vintage jewelry. You can find many 90s pieces at thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, etc. If you want 90s-style jewelry updated for today, you can find many costume jewelry options available at affordable prices.

What are the must-have pieces of 90s-style jewelry?

If you want to get into 90s-style jewelry but aren’t sure where to start and don’t currently have any of the above favorite pieces, go simple, with staples you can wear for years to come, regardless of changing fads. Chokers, anklets, and bangles are all excellent options.

Whatever Your Taste in Jewelry, Keep it 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.