The earliest known piece of jewelry is a simple necklace made out of fish bones, dating back 25,000 years.
The history of jewelry is fascinating and compelling, but we've come along way since that bone necklace was left in a Monaco cave.
Fast forward to the 2020 fashion runway: it's filled with playful, on trend jewelry pieces that have made quite the impression.
Whether you're an unapologetic fashionista or just looking to add a little shine to your wardrobe, there are jewelry trends from 2020 just for you. Let's take a look at eleven popular jewelry trends to complete your outfits this year.
1. Convertible Gemstone Jewelry
We've all heard that variety is the spice of life. This popular phrase has never been more exemplified than with the Ralph Gemstone Wrap Bracelet or Necklace, which can be worn in a wide variety of ways.
Made of deer suede ties, faceted gemstones, African brass accent beads, and 14k gold or sterling silver-plated findings this piece is 64" long with 21" of beads. You can wear it as a wrap bracelet, a bolo choker, a wrap choker, or even as a headband.
2. Oversized and Irregular Hoop Earrings
Hoop earrings aren't anything new. In fact, they date back all the way to the Bronze Age. In Minoan civilization, which existed between 2700 and 1000 BC, hoop earrings were made in gold, silver, and bronze.
You can find evidence of the ancient roots of hoop earrings in frescoes and artworks depicting hoop earrings being worn by both men and women.
This season they're going supersized. Mix these statement pieces with just about any style of outfit you desire, you pretty much can't go wrong.
Not only are XXL hoops in fashion, but so are hoops with irregular shapes. Look for hoops with creative twists to add a little spice to this classic earring.
3. Statement Necklaces
Jewelry trends 2020 are not for the faint of heart. Statement necklaces are bold, extravagant, unapologetic, awesome, and anything but demure.
Wear these with your knitted cardigans, cashmere, sweaters, or a little black dress and be the talk of the town. You can wear one at a time or layer several on top of one another. Contrasting with your delicate neck, wearing statement necklaces conveys a message of unflappable confidence.
4. Beautiful Beads
With so many beautiful beaded pieces to choose from this year, you'll have to get one for each day of the week.
Look no further than these King Cake Beaded Stretch Bracelets to see how a gorgeous beaded bracelet can add personality, color, and imagination to even the simplest outfit. You can either wear these one at a time or combine six, seven, or eight of them for a unique and fresh bohemian look.
Like the Taoist saying goes: the bigger the front the bigger the back. With so many edgy, bold, over-the-top pieces walking down runways in 2020, there is the need for a counterbalancing force. This year, that force is the delicate pearl.
These ethereal, soft, somewhat otherworldly gems add a feminine and timeless touch to any outfit. Pearls can add a soft and subtle glamour to your look.
Pearls have been trending for a few years now. At Julio Designs, we have handmade rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets featuring freshwater pearls.
6. Handmade Jewelry
It's no wonder people are tired of mass-produced products. Everywhere you look there are soulless objects with no character or personality.
Handmade jewelry is the perfect touch to add to any outfit. It adds a human element and incorporates the beauty and intrigue of pieces fashioned by hand. No matter how fine-tuned a precision machine is, there's no way for a mass-produced piece to have the unique and delicate qualities of hand-crafted jewelry.
At Julio Designs, our jewelry is handmade in Frisco, Texas. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art. For an example of one of our fine handcrafted pieces, take a look at the delicate charm of these Cross Disk Earrings.
When you wear our jewelry, you know that time, energy, and care went into crafting each piece. We use the highest quality materials available and you can have the confidence that your necklace, bracelet, earrings, or rings are 100% unique.
7. Reminder Jewelry and Hand-Stamped Bracelets
So far, the year 2020 is proving to be one that'll go down in the history books. In these troubled times, it's no wonder people are looking to wear pieces that remind them of what's important.
Reminder jewelry might be heart-shaped or made of lettered beads, but it always carries a message of hope and peace.
If you're looking for a piece of reminder jewelry, a bracelet with a hand-stamped message of your choice might be just the ticket. Custom hand-stamped bracelets are the perfect gift to give a loved one, a close friend, or yourself!
This is a great way to carry special words, significant dates, names, or even geographic locations with you everywhere you go. It can serve as a reminder of friendship, love, strength, or whatever quality you wish to exemplify in your daily life.
8. Heirloom Inspired Jewelry
Heirloom-inspired jewelry carries an air of history, the glamour of days past, and bohemian freedom. Evoking memories and emotions of previous eras, these pieces look like you dug them out of your great-grandmother's old jewelry box.
Have you always been drawn to a vintage look? If so, this jewelry trend will suit you perfectly. Vintage inspired jewelry reminds us of family heirlooms while remaining on trend.
Heirloom-inspired pieces are a great way to add a touch of romance to any outfit. Many of our pieces of handmade jewelry feature a vintage charm, such as this Answer Toggle Front Coin Necklace.
9. Pendant Pieces
Pendant necklaces are great for layering along with other trendy necklaces. Combine pendants with necklaces or various lengths to create a complex, layered look. Take retro pendants and mix them with various chains and you'll look like you just stepped straight out of a fashion magazine.
At Julio Designs, we have a wide selection of pendant necklaces to suit every occasion. Whether you're heading out to a five-star restaurant or a backyard barbeque, we have a piece that will add subtle glamour to any outfit.
10. Protective Pieces
Protective pieces guard you from the difficulties and uncertainties of this day and age. With rosary beads, crosses, and hearts popping up on the runway throughout 2020, it's trendy to use your jewelry to help protect you from the troubles of the world.
Whether you're religious, spiritual, or simply curious, donning these protective pieces can give you a sense of being supported and can even help provide comfort to those around you. Things got very real this year, and it's completely reasonable for your jewelry to reflect the reality of our times.
Looking for protective jewelry to add to your collection? Check out these beautiful cross hoop earrings.
11. Mixing Metals
Mixing metals, particularly gold and silver, is on the rise in the fashion world. Whether you don this look in necklaces, bracelets, earrings or brooches is entirely up to your own style intuition.
Often seen as a faux-pas, mixing metals is making its move onto runways to break the stigma once and for all.
If you're going to be combining different pieces made of different metals, rather than one mixed-metal piece, pay attention to your ratios. It can be better to stay away from a 50/50 blend of metals, and simply sprinkle in a piece or two to create extra interest, style, and color.
You'll also want to consider the widths of your pieces, as using various dimensions can create an awesome layered look.
A great example of a mixed metal piece that also incorporates pearls is this Danish initial necklace.
You Can't Go Wrong With This Year's On Trend Jewelry
At Julio Designs, our hand-crafted jewelry selection contains both on trend jewelry and timeless pieces. While fashion trends come and go, our classic and enduring pieces will never let you down.
Whether you tend to have a funkier style or a more classic one, there's something for everyone this year. And while these pieces are trendy, many of these themes are quite classic and their charm won't fade out at the year's end.
Are you looking to add new pieces to your jewelry collection? Check out our gorgeous selection of classic and trendy necklaces!