Summer is the best time to show off new jewelry, and I'm not just saying this because I'm a Leo with a birthday coming up and a long wishlist. Since I am officially freed of heavy parkas and puffy coats, I am ready to wear all the resin and gold necklaces, earrings, anklets, etc that shine and sparkle in the sun. From pearly rings to loud hoops that serve up major camp vibes this summer, here are the pieces of jewelry I have on my must-buy list. (Mom, I hope you're reading this.)
Behold, that mildly eccentric piece of jewelry you wanted to find when you were traveling but didn't. Inevitably a compliment magnet, you can truthfully tell admirers that this shell-shaped gem hails from a colorful little studio in Paris. The coral resin pearl in the center is also très bien for warm-weather vibes.
I thought I was over the pearly white moon when I came across this beauty from New Zealand-based brand Meadowlark. Dainty yet sculptural, the Clio ring will complement everything while never feeling boring. Also it's safe to wear in the water, so keep it on all day.
Shells and crystals are having a major moment this summer, so get a pair of drop earrings that plays on both trends. These earrings, designed in New York and handmade by female artisans in southeast Asia, will work with laid-back beach ensembles and all of your favorite maxi dresses.
I have big plans on getting these gold hoops with freshwater pearls as a birthday treat for myself. They're the perfect size for the office, date nights, summer weddings, and beyond. For this season, there's no such thing as too many pearls.
For the refined flower child, this gold vermeil daisy ring is the rare statement piece that speaks to free-spirits and fashion girls alike. Made in Barcelona, the ring's a gem well suited for sunshine days.
You love Susan Alexandra's iconic beaded bags, so be prepared to fall head-over-heels for her beaded cherry earrings. It'll bring a pop of color (absolutely zero pun intended) to your casual summertime outfits.
Lucite, which has the properties of plastic and glass, is a very popular type of material for the season. Lean into this clear trend with a playful bangle set like this one from Alison Lou. The three neon pieces can be mixed and matched for the ultimate arm candy stack.
Colorful pieces don't always have to be over the top, as demonstrated by this dainty bar necklace from designer Zahava Ryzman of SLDA. Everything in the new collection is priced at under $500, so I highly recommend perusing through it if you're searching for a gift for your mother or for yourself.
The color of these resin hoops practically exudes serenity and good vibes. Pair these mood makers with a white sundress or a floral bikini to pull off that dreamy I'm-hanging-by-the-pool-all-summer vibe.
Layering necklaces can be a difficult and costly look to pull off. Luckily, H&M has this already arranged set of gold-colored necklaces to make the layering game foolproof. The beaded choker and coin necklace also play directly into the coin trend we've seen this season.
In middle school I had a beloved anklet that, sadly, got lost in the ocean when my lathered-in-SPF-100 younger self went boogie boarding with family friends. Eleven years later, I have managed to find something similar from Ancient Greek Sandals. With its embellished shells and light tan band, the anklet will add a splash of seaside warmth to my ankles.
Mismatched jewelry is a trend that will never completely go away. If you're looking for glittery, statement jewelry, pick up this pair of crystal drop earrings from Roxanne Assoulin. It doesn't look super big when on, but definitely packs a punch with the colors.
If you want to add some colorful pizazz to your wardrobe this summer, but aren't sure where to start, this colorful set of hoops from BaubleBar is a good jumping off point. Mix and match these shapes as you please and if you have double ear piercings, try out different combinations together for an eclectic look.
Chunky chains are another hot trend right now. Revive the '80s with a gold vermeil bracelet like this one from Missoma and if you're so inclined, layer on three or four more bracelets. This one serves as the perfect base for more extravagant pieces.
Not for the faint of heart, this oversized necklace is a translucent neon yellow number made from marbled resin. Rock this with a crisp white button-up shirt or little black dress for a look that commands attention.
This faux pearl and turquoise beaded disc anklet is a smart choice for trips to the beach and pool, as it won't be ruined by water. The shapes of the beads will feel relaxing and soothing on your skin too.
I'm a sucker for minimalistic jewelry that's also sustainable. This necklace from Melissa Joy Manning is made from recycled 14-karat gold and strung with a cool turquoise nugget. Needless to say, I am in love and my debit card is running for the hills. Wear yours alone or with similar styles from the brand.
In the spirit of this year's Met Gala theme, this gold plated and silver number is shaped like everyone's favorite childhood candy: the ring pop. It's the kind of ring you'd wear when you're in a playful mood. Fans of the brand include Lady Gaga and Kanye West, who are two of the campiest stars around.
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