Jewellery is one of the easiest ways to elevate your look. It’s the perfect form of self-expression and no outfit is complete without it. With so many styles to choose from, however, it can be challenging to know where to start. But, finding the right jewellery to compliment your outfit is key if you want to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, this year’s jewellery trends have made it a whole lot easier to unlock your personal style. From charm necklaces to modern pearls, there are plenty of jewellery styles to copy this season. Whether you opt for a bold statement piece or a much more delicate piece that gives your outfit that classic and subtle edge, we’ve found the best jewellery trends for you. Here are ten of the most stylish jewellery trends for Autumn/Winter 2020 that can take your outfit from ok to WOW, in seconds.
Remember when you were young and charm bracelets were the coolest piece of jewellery to wear? Well, it’s time to get excited because they’ve just had a super chic revamp for 2020. While they may not be the same charms as you remember, they’re just as fun and way more stylish. This season charm necklaces are the go-to jewellery trend and whether it’s the playful charms from your youth or a more refined charm style that you opt for, there’s plenty to choose from.
If whimsical charms are more your style, then ‘Lulu Frost’ is the place for you. Created by Lisa Salzer, Lulu Frost derives from Lisa’s childhood nickname “Lulu” and her grandmothers' surname “Frost”. Known for its traditional vintage pieces with a modern twist, reimagining antique charms into contemporary jewellery is at the heart of this brand.
If minimal and sophisticated is more your preferred style, then look no further than ‘Anna Sheffield’. With her unique and ornate designs, Anna Sheffield creates fine jewellery that captures meaningful and important moments in life.
With endless designs and styles to choose from, charms are the perfect jewellery trend. So, whatever style you embody, stand out from the crowd and make charms the staple of your jewellery box this season.
2. FINE JEWELLERY
Minimalistic jewellery is always a winner. Refined and understated, fine jewellery provides your outfit with a touch of elegance that can be worn day or night.
If you’re a lover of all things delicate, then ‘S-kin Studio Jewellery’ is the place to shop. Based in Melbourne, Australia, designer Chi Mai creates dainty, feminine jewellery that can stand the test of time. Inspired by natural Australian landscapes, every S-kin design is unassuming, sophisticated and appealing. Created with you in mind, each delicate piece is ethically made and intended for everyday use. Chi Mai encourages the wearer to incorporate their unique creation into their everyday lives and to find the joy in wearing it however and whenever they want.
If timeless jewellery is what you are after, then look no further than ‘Double Moss Jewellery’, created by Chanel nail artist Betina Goldstein. Premium diamonds, gemstones and precious metals are the materials of choice for this contemporary brand. Inspired by her nail art creations, Betina created the “Mani Ring” that delicately sat at the tip of her fingernail. This captivating design inspired Betina to create a full jewellery collection of timeless and delicate pieces of removable art that could last for generations.
3. EAR CUFFS
Ear cuffs became the desired look of 2019 and they’re still the go-to jewellery trend in 2020. With an array of styles to choose from and no piercing required, ear cuffs are the easiest and most stylish jewellery trend that anyone can wear. From small and simple, to large and dramatic, there are plenty of ear cuff styles and shapes to adorn your ears with this season.
If dramatic and unique is your preferred style, then architectural-inspired jewellery brand ‘Mara Paris’ is the place for you. Mara Paris is a jewellery line created by architect Ayça Özbank Taşkan. Inspired by modern art and architecture, Mara Paris takes a sculptural approach on the traditional ear cuff. Taking influence from Picasso’s line drawings and a variety of distinct and creative sources, Ayca takes the ear cuff to a whole new level.
For a small and simple ear cuff, ‘Maison Miru’ has you covered. With a variety of shapes and styles to choose from, Maison Miru creates delicate and celebratory pieces that capture individuality. For a chic and fully adorned ear, mix and match with a cluster of small earrings.
Layering jewellery is an easy way of making a statement without being too overt. For the most effective layered look begin with a focal point like a pendant or a locket, then layer it with more delicate pieces and don’t forget to mix it up with a variety of short, medium and long necklaces for the perfect layered look.
Jewellery brand ‘Oak and Luna’ make their statement by creating unique, personalised necklaces such as a name or a simple initial. Once they have their focal point, they layer it with two additional necklaces made up of different lengths and styles to create an effortless and timeless look.
If bold and distinctive is more your style, then look no further than ‘Missoma’. Focussed on creating impeccable demi-fine jewellery, Missoma combines interchangeable pieces with collectable pendants and charms. From delicate chokers to vintage-inspired coin necklaces, there are plenty of styles to layer up this season.
5. STATEMENT JEWELLERY
Statement jewellery does exactly what it says on the tin. It makes a statement! Bold and dramatic jewellery can elevate an outfit and allow you to stand out from the crowd in the best way possible. So, get ready to turn a few heads this season with these remarkable statement pieces.
Jewellery brand ‘Accentuate’ are known for their extravagant and energetic designs. Handcrafted and original, each modern creation transmits creative energy from the artist to the wearer.
6. ARCHITECTURAL JEWELLERY
This season, sculptural shapes and an architectural approach to jewellery is the go-to look. A blend of striking and intricate pieces of wearable art that perfectly sculpts the body. Architectural jewellery deserves to be the highlight of anyone’s dressing-table this autumn.
Jewellery designer ‘Misho’ and her exquisite collection embodies clean lines, simple geometric shapes and architectural forms. Inspired by contemporary art and a combination of all the various architectural styles of cities she has lived in, Misho’s work is captivating and elegant. It is a collection that she herself calls “modern architecture for the body”.
The unconventional and sculptural works of ‘Mara Paris’ challenge the traditional norms of jewellery design. Inspired by modern art and architectural forms, Mara Paris aims to capture sophistication and individuality through each sculptural piece.
7. CHAIN ANKLETS
Another 90’s nostalgic classic making a stylish and retro comeback this season is the anklet, only this time around thick gold chains are the preferred style. This versatile accessory proves that it’s far more than just a summer trend, but rather the go-to autumn/winter trend for 2020. For the perfect autumn outfit, layer over socks or tights or simply follow in the footsteps of ‘By Far’ and give your shoes a little bling. Inspired by the late 80's and 90's, By Far creates vintage and nostalgic accessories that every cool girl craves. So, whatever way you choose to style your chain anklet this season, make it the key highlight of your autumn/ winter wardrobe.
8. CHUNKY CHAINS
Make the chunky chain an essential part of your transitional wardrobe this season. With lots of sizes and styles to choose from, the chunky chain is the perfect versatile accessory that can be worn in Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2020. For the perfect autumn look layer over jumpers and shirts.
‘Victoria Beckham’ opted for an oversized, chunky gold chain necklace for her S/S2021 ready-to-wear collection. It can be seen layered over blouses, high-neck tops and floor-length jersey dresses. Taking a stripped-down approach, paired with masculine energy and a 70’s vibe, Victoria Beckham combines the perfect blend of traditional and forward-thinking.
From Paris, France ‘Annelise Michelson’ creates high-end, sculptural jewellery inspired by nature, art and architecture. Each piece is sustainably sourced and handcrafted by the finest French craftsmen, who only use traditional and ethical methods. Annelise views her jewellery as more than just accessories, but rather as designs that encapsulate beauty, inner-strength and confidence. Her chunky gold chain necklaces are like pieces of art designed to dress the wearer while making a bold and unique statement.
9. MODERN PEARLS
The ultimate classic jewellery trend that never goes out of style. Pearls have long been considered as the epitome of elegance and superiority. Adorned by style icons such as Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, pearl necklaces were a symbol of status and luxury. Traditionally, pearls are passed down through generations, from grandparents to children and so on. Forever the conventional trend, they add an air of nostalgia and a touch of class to the everyday jewellery box. In 2020 however, pearls are far from conventional. With endless styles, shapes and colours to choose from, there’s more than one way to wear your pearls this season. Here are just a couple of jewellery designers who are taking an unconventional, yet modern approach to this much loved, sentimental trend.
World-renowned Irish fashion designer ‘Simone Rocha’ is all about statement detailing, long earrings and elegant faux pearls. Taking a nature-inspired approach to her jewellery designs, Simone creates floral motifs that encapsulate a romantic palette. From drop faux-pearl earrings to a daisy faux-pearl choker, Simone puts a contemporary twist on the classic pearl design.
‘Olivia and Pearl’ is a contemporary jewellery brand that offers the highest quality pearls at affordable prices. Uniting the contemporary with the traditional, Olivia and Pearl creates exquisite pearl jewellery that celebrates the beauty and individuality of the modern woman.
10. COSTUME GEMS
Bright and colourful costume gems are the go-to trend for Autumn/Winter 2020. With a variety of coloured stones and metals to choose from, costume gems are the perfect transitional accessory as we make our way into the cold and gloomy winter months. So, if you’re not quite ready to let go of your summer wardrobe just yet, then bring a little summer energy to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe this year with these fun, multi-coloured gems that can complement any outfit.
For an exotic costume jewellery look, Barcelona based designer ‘Mary Jane Claverol’ creates hand-embroidered, wire beaded designs. She likes to inject fun, happiness and magic into every handmade piece while incorporating her own personal style. Inspired by Barcelona and the country house in which she grew up in, along with the tradition of classic craftsmanship and Mediterranean cities, her designs pay close attention to detail and colour. With striking, bold tones against the light, soft pastels they’re the perfect transitional colour palette for Autumn/Winter 2020.
‘Kenneth Jay Lane’ is one of the world’s greatest fashion jewellers, renowned for his luxurious costume jewellery. With his jewellery creations adorned by an impressive list of icons, including the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kenneth Jay Lane’s “Fabulous Fakes” are internationally recognised. Today, Lady Gaga, Rhianna and Katy Perry can all be spotted wearing “Kenny’s”. But, as much as his designs are loved by celebrities and royalty alike, his main focus was always to create jewellery for the everyday woman. So, get your set of “fabulous fakes” and make autumn/winter 2020 your most stylish season yet.
Article By: Danielle Eve Griffin
Danielle has a Masters in Fashion & Textile Retail Management from the University of Ulster, with experience of working in the fashion industry as both a design assistant and style consultant. She completed her dissertation on ‘The Future of Fashion Retailing’, which explores current social issues such as sustainability and overconsumption within the fashion industry. Since then, she has developed a deep interest in writing and is keen to delve deeper into the fashion and art world.