22 Charm Necklaces to Re-Discover Your Inner Teen With

The color! The beads! I love it all.

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I am nothing if not a jewelry girl—but only if said jewelry comes in the form of a delicate gold chain or hoop. I'm what you would call a jewelry minimalist: I have the pieces that I love and wear to death. But every now and again, I want to branch out and try something new. And in 2023, I'm obsessed with the idea of a charm necklace. Luckily for me, the options run the gamut from statement-making and bold to calmer, more delicate options that wouldn't look out of place layered over my preexisting collection. 

For me, charm necklaces bring back memories of middle school dances (where I was normally very overdressed). But today's iterations don't have to trigger feelings of anxiety about looking like you're trying to emulate something a Gen Z TikToker might wear. Instead, I've rounded up a bunch of the best charm necklaces that seriously spark joy.

From seashell-inspired options that are ready for spring and summer weather to fun and colorful necklaces that are adorned with smiley faces and other icons, I've found them all. Feel free to layer these for maximum impact or just wear one of them on its own for a subtle approach. And thanks to the resurgence of early-aughts trends, you'll probably be able to find a few new charms that you can buy and add to your selection—this is one time where it's truly the more the merrier. And don't be afraid to mix metals! The one-time fashion faux pas is seriously cool this season. 

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.