Published:  01:50 AM, 14 May 2018

Contemporary jewelry trends in 2018

Contemporary jewelry trends in 2018

Jewelry is such a fun way to update your personal style. While we're fans of items that last a lifetime, a few new piece of contemporary jewelry can be just the thing your wardrobe needs to feel fresh--even if you're the kind of gal who lives in neutrals and skinny jeans.

You can always rely on contemporary jewelry to add flair and interest to any outfit. As the seasons change, we tend to get tired of the older pieces we've been wearing day in and day out. New, statement-making jewelry is the perfect way to breathe some new life into your look--from big, bold earrings to layered necklaces and, perhaps most surprisingly, the return of the brooch.


Anklets are back, baby. Before you write this trend off as an atrocity best left in the past--we encourage you to keep an open mind. 2018's anklets are perfectly suited to our grown-up selves. Think dainty chains finished off with a pearl or metallic beads.

Layer a few of these bad boys on top of one another for some added texture. And hey, in the spring and summer months, you'll appreciate the low-key upgrade this gives your plain sundress or shorts and a tee.


Asymmetrical baubles are hot right now--from necklaces that dangle slightly askew to mismatched earrings. While the latter may sound hard to pull off without looking a little crazed--think again.The norm has long been matching sets, twin earrings rather than complimentary friends.

With earrings, though, you'll need a little finesse to pull off the asymmetrical trend. Look for earrings that complement one another--think one intricate drop earring, and a smaller, more subdued earring on the other ear. Make sure the metals are the same for a sense of cohesiveness.

Long, Long Earrings

It seems like every year there's a new take on extravagant earrings. This year,  shoulder-grazing statement earrings complete with tassels, beads, and beyond. And the bigger, the better is definitely true here.

Updated Pearls

The new takes on pearls aren't for clutching. We've seen plenty of pearl adorned dresses, shoes, and more as of late, but we're more excited about the contemporary jewelry comeback of this lunching ladies' staple.

Break free from your style rut and explore pearls in a whole new way. A single pearl on an anklet or pendant is a nice way to add interest to a simple chain, while one pearl earring can play the straight man to a wild piece on the other ear.

Layered Necklaces

Look toward the layered necklace. This trend is a mashup of a delicate chain that fits like a choker, with longer chains hanging down.Delicate and simple works best, especially when multiple chains come into play, but feel free to adorn with charms and stones for some added personality.

Pinky Rings

Midi rings have been big for quite some time, but pinky rings have been conspicuously left out for quite some time. Tiny gold or brass rings look super cute on the smallest finger and add the finishing touch to a handful of finger jewelry. Shake the negative connotations of yesteryear and get on board--it's an easy, modern way to enhance your jewelry game. If you're not ready for the pinky, opt for a hammered sterling silver boho look.

Brooches and Pendants

Brooches are back--and it's a long time coming. While they might not be the piece of contemporary jewelry you expected in 2018, we welcome the resurgence. No longer the grandma bauble relegated to the back of the jewelry box, the younger set is getting on board with this bejeweled jacket topper.

The stodgy reputation of the brooch seems a little unfair, and it seems tastemakers are finally back on board with this easy way to upgrade a plain collar, lapel, or hat. Pendants are right alongside this trend. No longer "grandma jewelry" but seen on the latest trendsetters around the world. Choose bright or muted in silver for the right look.


----In Vogue Desk

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