The 2021 Jewelry Trends T&C Editors Love

Cassandra Hogan, Dania Lucero Ortiz
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Photo credit: Hearst

From Town & Country

New year, new you...new jewelry? It is perfectly fine to dust off a piece or two you already have in your collection, but 2021 ushers in hope and creativity after a year of uncertainty. What better way to signal that things are looking up than by experimenting with fun jewelry? For those looking to make the year extra-sparkly and bright, T&C editors have rounded up our favorite six jewelry trends of 2021.

Playful Enamel

Typically treated as an inlay or accent, enamel is now in the spotlight with its vibrant hues and quirky shapes. If you tend to dress in monochrome (ahem, head-to-toe black) it is a great way to spice things up. The wide range of colors and forms means it will be easy for you to find the perfect piece.

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Modern Diamonds

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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

With clean lines and architectural silhouettes, designers are getting crafty with diamond-focused pieces. Diamonds aren't just great for a glam red carpet moment, innovative settings and playful shapes make them ideal for everyday activities (and we aren't limiting it to simple solitaires).

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The Ocean is Calling

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The ocean has a calming effect, which is probably why shell-inspired jewelry has become so popular lately. Many designers, like Almasika, like to showcase Cowrie shells, which were once used as currency across Asia and are tied to various African deities. Harness their spiritual powers for smooth sailing in 2021.

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Colorful Beads

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Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez - Getty Images

As at-home crafting became one of the stress-relieving outlets we turned to in 2020 (sourdough bread! tie-dye! DIY), it is no surprise that 2021 will be seeing jewelry made from colorful beads. A kitschy way of adding not only color but a dash of nostalgia, we cannot wait to pile on pieces from our favorite designers—and maybe mix in a few homemade designs.

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Stargazing

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Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images

Appreciating the cosmos lately? You aren't alone. We've seen a huge uptick in celestial-inspired jewels. Dior and Giorgio Armani are creating entire collections around this motif, which naturally translate well into sparkling pieces. If you find yourself gazing toward the stars, bring a bit of it back into your jewelry box with these items.

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Zoom Earrings

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Photo credit: Edward Berthelot - Getty Images

Meet Zoom earrings, the jewelry formerly known as statement earrings. These large and in-charge options declare their presence even through the tiny boxes of a digital meeting. Shake off your Zoom fatigue with a new pair, or two, (or three! what, you think we are practicing restraint over here?) pairs of earrings. Our favorites range from modern to whimsical meaning there a pair for every day of the week.

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