Jewelry Trends You Must Know About

June 12th, 2022

Jewelry has the power to transform an outfit from bland to breathtaking. By adding a little sparkle to your ears, neck, or wrists, you instantly elevate the look of your ensemble and communicate your personality to others.

While having a few timeless pieces in your accessory rotation is crucial, such as a pair of diamond studs or a tennis bracelet, adding a few on-trend pieces can help you stay on top of your style game. Check out some of the biggest jewelry trends you need to know in 2022.

Sustainable Jewelry

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact their purchases have on the planet. According to the McKinsey State of Fashion Report, approximately 20 to 30% of all fine jewelry designs worldwide will be influenced by sustainability considerations.

As part of the backlash against the fast fashion industry, jewelry designers are sourcing more sustainable materials and practicing eco-friendly manufacturing techniques to appeal to environmentally-conscious customers.

If you are looking for sustainable pieces to add to your collection, check out brands like Mejuri, AUrate, and SOKO. The brands offer luxe fine jewelry pieces, including diamond engagement rings, chunky solid gold chains, bold statement earrings made from recycled precious metals, and Fairmined, ethically-sourced stones.

Vintage Luxury Watches

Vintage luxury jewelry is timeless, so while retro watches never really went away, they are seeing a huge surge in popularity, especially from luxury brands like Cartier and Audemars Piguet. A vintage watch adds sophistication to your outfit and projects self-confidence and refinement. Watches from high-end brands are also excellent investment pieces, with some models appreciating over 65% every decade.

The best models to choose from for both on-trend style and investment value are established brands like Rolex, Breitling, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Y2K Costume Jewelry

Celebrities and TikTok influencers like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa have brought back the high-energy camp jewelry designs of the millennial era and given them a modern, upscale twist.

Cheap plastic chokers from the ‘90s have been given a 21st-century upgrade, with statement gemstone-encrusted chokers seen on the runways at Coach, Lanvin, and Tom Ford. Cute candy-colored resin rings from up-and-coming brands such as I’Mmany and La Manso are splashed all over the Instagram and TikTok feeds.

Close-up of a woman wearing a blue and yellow gemstone statement ring

Technicolor Jewelry

Dopamine dressing is one of the hottest fashion and wellness trends of 2022, and the fad extends to the accessories you choose. Dopamine dressing refers to choosing your clothes and jewelry with intention by selecting colors, textures, and styles that elevate your mood.

Color, in particular, has a strong tie to nostalgia and emotions, so designers have been adding technicolor jewelry to their collections to meet the demand for this bold new trend. To add a splash of color to your jewelry collection, look for pieces like statement earrings featuring colored gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, or emerald. Or try stacked enameled rings in varying complementary shades.

Woman wearing modern baroque pearl earrings and a four-strand pearl necklace

Modern Pearl Designs

While some may consider pearls outdated, there has been a recent uptick in demand for modern pearl designs to add a classic touch to any outfit. Not only are many pearls sustainably sourced through regenerative aquaculture practices, but designers also take a more sculptural, architectural approach to creating pearl jewelry pieces.

Look for asymmetrical pearl string necklaces like those found at Wwake or statement earrings like the molten gold and baroque pair from Alighieri.

Insure Your Jewelry Collection With BriteCo™

Trends come and go, and your style evolves over time, but a critical aspect of jewelry ownership that never changes is the need to protect your collection against theft, loss, and damage. BriteCo offers comprehensive jewelry coverage to protect your most valuable pieces, whether it is a Tiffany or a David Yurman, and treasured family heirlooms.

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We offer 5-star rated, worldwide coverage on antique and heirloom jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands, earrings, necklaces, tennis bracelets, and luxury branded jewelry from jewelers like Bvlgari and Tiffany & Co.

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About the Author

Dustin Lemick is the Founder and CEO of BriteCo and a third-generation jeweler with over thirteen years of retail jewelry experience. He holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has in-depth knowledge and expertise in appraisal systems, diamond and gemstone markets, retail pricing models, insurance replacement models, and jewelry quotation pricing systems.
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