6 Jewelry Trends 2020 – Popular Jewelry Styles for This Year

People have always expressed themselves through jewelry, using it to display relationship status, social ranking, and emotions. This past year may have made many question all of those things, but jewelry wasn’t one of them. People gravitated toward revamped classics as well as personalized pieces and artistic trends. Surrealism, with its avant garde silhouettes made a big appearance on runways. For classicists, brooches, pearls, and other staples were dug out of vintage jewelry boxes with new excitement. T&C editors organized six jewelry trends for 2020—because we all deserve a little extra sparkle this year.

Surrealism

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Salvador Dalí’s artwork may have made surrealism famous, but it was a larger cultural movement across arts and literature in the 20th century with illustrious members like Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and René Magritte. Now, jewelry brings these bizarre, imaginative creations into everyday live with floating eyes, dripping jewels, and disjointed shapes. Our favorite part of this trend is the ability to layer and mix various pieces together to create your own surrealist statement.

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Earrings: Silhouette

Earrings: Silhouette

Grainne Morton
grainnemorton.co.uk

Petit Bleu Diamond Necklace

Petit Bleu Diamond Necklace

Lito Fine Jewelry

Rainy Day Studs

Rainy Day Studs

Rachel Quinn
rachelquinn.com

$420.00

Chains

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Chains as jewelry can be traced back to civilization’s earliest days in Mesopotamia. Today it is one of the few jewelry favorites for all genders. The style can be worn as bracelets, necklaces, belts and even purse straps, thanks to Coco Chanel’s vision in the 1930s. Each decade has its own preferred width and design, but today, chains are available in every size, shape, and color imaginable making them a classic worth keeping.

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Toujours Emerald and Pave Diamond Solitaire Bracelet

Toujours Emerald and Pave Diamond Solitaire Bracelet

Jemma Wynne
jemmawynne.com

$11,550.00

Ring Tango

Ring Tango

Pomellato
pomellato.com

$4,100.00

Fluted Necklace in Caviar Gold

Fluted Necklace in Caviar Gold

Lagos
lagos.com

$4,025.00

Symbolic

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Symbolic jewelry is just that: jewelry that carries meaning. Stemming from a history of jewels in religious settings, symbolic jewelry can represent ideals that are recognizable such as the Christian cross or the Hamsa hand or a personal reference, like a locket or charm. Layer them with other pieces or consider keeping one on at all times as a type of amulet or token.

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Yellow, White and Red Gold Devotion Bracelet with Black Sapphire and Black Jade Roses

Yellow, White and Red Gold Devotion Bracelet with Black Sapphire and Black Jade Roses

Dolce & Gabbana
dolcegabbana.com

$9,950.00

Mala Necklace

Mala Necklace

Noor Fares
noorfares.com

Carved Quartz Tulip Ring

Carved Quartz Tulip Ring

Sevan Bicakci
twistonline.com

Pearls

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Historically rarer and more expensive than diamonds, pearls continue to enjoy popularity every few years. A few centuries ago, it was extremely difficult to find enough pearls of the same size, shape, and color to make a necklace, taking the jewelry maker years to piece one together. The hefty price tag made pearl jewelry an aristocratic status symbol. Now, pearls can be farmed to perfection, but we like to embrace natural pearls in a variety of colors and shapes. Baroque pearls are particularly having a moment right now and look amazing as pendants or a statement-making ring.

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Baroque Pearl and Diamond Ring

Baroque Pearl and Diamond Ring

Nina Runsdorf
ninarunsdorf.com

$5,500.00

Gumball Crescent Hoops

Gumball Crescent Hoops

Irene Neuwirth
ireneneuwirth.com

$4,800.00

Sea of Beauty Collection.  Baroque White Pearl and Diamond Collar

Sea of Beauty Collection. Baroque White Pearl and Diamond Collar

Mizuki
mizukijewels.com

$2,900.00

Brooches

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Worn by the Queen and political figureheads, a brooch may seem like a dated piece to modern eyes, but it is an enduring classic. Brooches can be pinned on hats, scarves, or bags, strung on a pendant, or threaded into a hairstyle. So be sure to save those family heirlooms! Everything comes back in style after all.

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Navaratna 'Turtle' Pendant

Navaratna ‘Turtle’ Pendant

Munnu The Gem Palace
munnuthegempalace.com

Metal & Strass Gold & Crystal Brooch

Metal & Strass Gold & Crystal Brooch

Chanel
chanel.com

$650.00

“Lion’s Paw” Shell Brooch

“Lion’s Paw” Shell Brooch

Verdura
verdura.com

Coins

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Another ancient revival is the use of coins in jewelry. Most likely around since, well, coins themselves, 1960s pop culture junkies revived the trend after seeing Liz Taylor’s portrayal of Cleopatra in the 1963 film. With their simple round shape featuring a variety of prominent figures and cultural symbols, they are both special and subtle for the wearer.

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 Ancient Roman Silver Coin Pendant and Brooch with Pearls

Ancient Roman Silver Coin Pendant and Brooch with Pearls

Elizabeth Locke
thedefinitive.com

$6,775.00

Monete Ring

Monete Ring

Bulgari
bulgari.com

Axum Coin Charm Bracelet

Axum Coin Charm Bracelet

Sewit Sium
sewitsium.com


Fashion and Accessories Director at Town & Country
Dania Lucero Ortiz is Town & Country’s Fashion and Accessories Director, where she writes about style and jewelry.


Fashion Assistant at Town & Country
Cassandra Hogan is the fashion assistant at Town & Country.

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