It was summer 2021, and we were readying our finest fashions to go out and play like it was 2019 (sort of). On the menu: bead jewelry, inspired by the entirely fun “adult summer camp” aesthetic.
These were DIY-esque pieces, though, for many of us, purchasing the styles from our favorite designers was a better idea than going it ourselves. You saw a lot of bracelets, but necklaces were there, too, and even some rings and earrings, which didn’t quite make as many headlines (or at least Instagram photo shoots).
Well, summer 2022, are you ready for a bead redux? The thing about enduring trends is they tend to get even better with time. Creators have had more time to construct or perfect their entries to the category, so there’s more to choose from. And when styles stick around, it makes more sense that shoppers would be willing to spend more money on them, meaning that fine materials are sought after for lasting pieces.
It also means that the styles start to vary, which is a good thing! We’ve seen bead necklaces in a lot of different lengths and materials, but also, the size of the beads is notable. Rainbow assortments of small plastic or gemstone beads; larger, monochrome styles made with carved or beaded gemstones; you can even find big beaded shapes in sterling silver, gold, or vermeil.
Then there’s the “coastal grandmother” aesthetic, a departure from the free-spirited style of summer camp but one that can rock beads just as well. Have a look at Harry Styles on the cover of the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens (he is photographed in the magazine wearing various colors—and even a rainbow one!—throughout).
No matter the material, size, or color, it’s obvious there’s no shortage of beaded necklaces to pile on this summer.
Top: Candy Land necklace in 14k and 18k yellow gold with sapphires, baroque freshwater pearls, and diamonds, $4,285; Joie DiGiovanni