In 2018, the jewelry industry was worth a whopping $278.5 billion. That number is only expected to grow due to an increase in innovative jewelry designs, as well as more disposable income in many households.
These new fashion trends and emerging designs are singlehandedly responsible for the popularity of jewelry.
With 2020 coming to an end, it's the perfect time to look back on the trending necklaces 2020 had to offer and how they shaped style and creativity. Necklaces are more than a fashion statement: they're a way of conveying taste, class, imagination, and more.
So, without further ado, we highlight some of the best originality to come out of 2020. Keep reading!
1. Personalized Necklaces
Personalized necklaces are the way to go in 2020. Having a customized necklace can take several forms, such as:
- Your first or last name
- Your favorite mantra ('be you,' 'carry on,' etc.)
- Your nickname (think: Mama)
- Your anniversary date
- Your children's name
- Your spouse's name
And the list goes on!
These necklaces are unique to you, meaning that each time you wear them is a special occasion.
2. Layered Necklaces
That's right, y'all: layered necklaces are still trending.
We saw this popular trend in 2018 and 2019. It's still going strong!
You can layer your own necklaces (try doing varying lengths and thicknesses for some more depth), or you can buy already-layered necklaces that are built into one piece, making it simple and straightforward to follow this fad.
3. Chain Necklaces
Chain necklaces have been everywhere recently. Chain necklaces can be dainty or chunky, gold or silver, and it doesn't matter—they're a style everyone seems to be gravitating towards recently.
One of the best parts of chain necklaces is their versatility. If you're running errands in your matching sweatsuit, rock a chain necklace to slightly elevate your look. Or, you can don one with your favorite low-cut dress and be plenty fancy.
Bonus points for pairing your necklace with a chain-link bracelet to match.
4. Zodiac Necklaces
Astrologically-inclined necklaces will forever be in style because your birthday will never change! (Don't worry—Nasa debunked the addition of a 13th zodiac.)
When you wear one of these trending necklaces in 2020, you'll never hear "What's your sign?" again!
Choose from a variety of zodiac styles, such as:
- Birthstones in enamel
- Engraved, plated pendants
- Dainty constellations
5. Reversible Pendant Necklaces
These necklaces have a ton of versatility, too. In fact, it's right there in the name!
When you choose a reversible necklace, you never have to worry about your necklace's pendant getting flipped during use and losing its luster (say "Goodbye" to the underwhelming backside!). When your pendant can face one way or another, it not only looks great when it's dangling, but it can be rocked front or back.
6. Enamel Coin Necklaces
Coin necklaces are making a comeback. In fact, coins are making a comeback everywhere: earrings, bracelets, rings, and more.
If you find a coin necklace that also has some texture to it, it'll make it look that much more authentic. Choose a dainty chain so that the coin is the star of the show. You can choose a nondescript coin or one that's familiar to your region.
As with any piece of jewelry, the choice is up to you!
7. Pressed Flower Necklaces
This emerging trend is perfect for those who are fans of the all-natural, organic boho style.
Pressed flowers are dainty, beautiful, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flowers. The flower is pressed and then preserved between two panes of glass. You can choose your favorite flower, your birth flower, or the first one that sticks out to you!
Additionally, pressed flower necklaces can be a great DIY project if you're interested in making your next statement piece. Choose delicate flowers, press them between parchment paper within a heavy book, and let them rest for 7-10 days. When it's time to place them in a necklace, use tweezers instead of your fingers for delicate handling.
8. Extra-Long Necklaces
Say "Hello" to the ultra-long necklace trend, because it's back on the runways and on the streets of your town!
Extra-long necklaces were a thing a few years ago. You saw people wearing them with monochrome dresses or oversized t-shirts. They were either long, nondescript chains (where the length spoke for itself), or, they were finished with a beautiful stone, like these wholesale pendants.
You can wear these necklaces by themselves or layer one on top of the other for a rocker-chic vibe.
9. Choker Necklaces
Calling all 90s babies! Did you expect the chain necklaces of your past to become a 'thing' again?
Well, they are, and they're better than ever.
Chokers, like most of the other necklaces on this list, come in several different shapes, sizes, and designs, allowing you to take part in a trend while still expressing your individuality.
Choose from gold, rose gold, silver, or even the old-school 'tattoo lace' choker we saw throughout the 90s. Your choker can be as-is or have a sweet dangling pendant. Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be so proud of you!
The Best Trending Necklaces 2020 Gave Us: Did You Rock Any?
Or did you start some of your own trends?
Either way, you're sure to see these nine trending necklaces in 2020 and beyond. In fact, many of these fads have been popular in the past and are facing a resurgence. You never know when something in your jewelry chest may come into play again!
(Did we just give you an excuse to never get rid of another item? Yes, yes we did.)
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