When it comes to jewelry, there’s timeless and then there are trends – and today we are talking trends. What’s fun, stylish and up-to-the-minute for rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings? We stopped in at Hollie Winter Fine Jewelry in Germantown to find out more about the top 2020 jewelry trends and to get a look at some stunning pieces that illustrate the looks.
The Top 5 Jewelry Trends for 2020
Trend 1: Layering
Layering bracelets and necklaces, and stacking rings, is red-hot for 2020. With necklaces, you can go bold or delicate. The difference in lengths can be dramatic or subtle. The goal is to be unique. Create a story, suggests Hollie Winter sales associate Ashley Lunsford. You can pull together an amazing layered look with your child’s birthstone, a diamond pendant from your grandmother and a chain-link necklace. The combinations are endless.
When you layer bracelets, try a chain link, a tennis bracelet and a bangle (or two!) to create a personalized look. For rings, stacking is a sophisticated, contemporary style that allows you to showcase more than one ring. Don’t be afraid to mix stones – stack those diamonds with an emerald band for a cool pop of color.
Incorporate other trends as you layer. From the 1980s, the personalized touch is making a big comeback with initials, names and meaningful dates or phrases. From the same era, chain-link necklaces and bracelets are once again very on-trend.
Trend 2: Mixed Metals
We know, Mama always said to stick to white or yellow gold – no mixing! But times have changed and mixing your metals is a great look. Necklaces, bracelets, rings – as you layer, feel free to mix the metals.
“It’s much more fun,” says Ashley. “Just pick the pieces you like and wear them. Rose gold is not quite as popular right now, but if you like it, you should add it in.”
Yellow gold earrings, paired with a stacked combination of white and yellow gold bracelets and a white gold ring? You bet!
Trend 3: Engagement Rings
The exception to stacking is engagement rings. The trend now is to wear it alone to let your diamond take center stage. After the “I dos,” jazz up your solitaire with stackables of all colors and shapes.
The iconic solitaire with a round, radiant or oval cut is making a comeback in a big way. “They are flying out the door!” says Ashley. (For something a little more unique, see trend #4 for a vintage cut that is currently in vogue.)
Classic yet current is a trend we can get behind, especially for a ring you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
Trend 4: Stone Cuts and Colors
For engagement rings and beyond, the shift is away from pear cut to round, radiant and oval. A surprising trend is making a big comeback from the Victorian era: the rose cut diamond, so named for its resemblance to the most romantic of flowers. A rose cut has a flat bottom and a domed top with three to 24 facets. The flat bottom gives the illusion of a larger surface for the diamond to shine, and no facets on the underside give the gem a lovely transparent, ethereal look.
While diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, colored stones are chic and trendy for 2020. Most popular for this year: emeralds, sapphires, and light blue stones such as aquamarine and topaz. They are dazzling in any setting, from vintage to classic to modern.
Trend 5: Big Hoops
For earrings, Ashley gives us two words: big hoops. The best thing about this trend is the adaptability, she says. You will look equally fabulous wearing them with a cocktail dress or paired with a denim jacket. Hoops show off well with a low, sleek ponytail – and bigger ones go great with loose waves. Go with a medium hoop for work or casual, and go huge for a fun night out. In keeping with the layering trend, these earrings look fantastic with multiple ear piercings – wear your large hoops in the lobe and smaller hoops and studs up the side of your ear.
When wearing any of this year’s trends, don’t be afraid to experiment. Wear the jewelry you love and feel happy in – don’t wait for a special occasion. “A look I love is bigger pieces with jeans, tennis shoes and t-shirts,” says Ashley. “Casual clothes with big, statement jewelry is definitely in and looks great.”
Wondering what to do with older pieces that are sentimental but could use an update to give it a fresh new feel? Hollie Winter Fine Jewelry specializes in bringing older jewelry new life. “You may not think about turning an old ring and necklace set into a pair of hoop earrings, but we can do that,” says Ashley. “And we take the metal from your old jewelry on trade for the new piece. Gold is high now, so it may be a perfect time to bring in an older gold piece for a new, on-trend piece that you will love and wear often.”
Hollie Winter Fine Jewelry is located at 9155 Poplar Avenue, Suite 18, Germantown, TN, 38138. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find out more by calling (901) 474-7427.
This article is sponsored by Hollie Winter Fine Jewelry. All photography by Erin Mosher Studios.