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Favorite (and Enduring) Jewelry Trends of 2022


To call any of the below a trend might be misleading, though, it’s often that the word is confused with fad, which is certainly not the case.

A trend is simply a noted recurrence of one particular thing, and these styles have certainly seen their fare share of occurrences. Popular categories such as yellow gold, celestial icons, bold and chunky, and plenty of color had a grip on us this year, and more of the same is surely welcome in 2023.

Here are some popular jewelry trends of 2022.

Dru Hell Hath No Fury signet
Hell Hath No Fury signet ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.7 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,855; Dru

The signet ring continued its reign, with new, inventive offerings featuring metal-heavy and gemstone-laden styles alike. Bold gold jewelry in general maintained its hot streak, though silver jewelry had its say this year too.

Jemma Wynne Muzo emerald ring
Kissing Emerald two-stone ring in 18k yellow gold with 5.73 cts. t.w. Muzo emeralds, $55,000; Muzo x Jemma Wynne

Celebrity engagements spurred the return of the toi et moi ring (not that it ever really left). The style that’s twice as nice cropped up more often in engagement collections as well as fashion pieces, often in high-end pieces that dreams are made of.

Anita Ko Hemingway bracelet
Hemingway bracelet in 18k rose gold, $12,325; Anita Ko

It must have been our collective desire to make a statement upon reentering the world—jewelry in 2022 was more statement-making than ever. Styles like curb chain bracelets were popular in larger, chunkier sizes. Choker necklaces were stacked high upon the neck, either in single pieces or as one larger piece. The classic hoop earring was steadfastly fabulous in chunky gold.

Fred Leighton precious topaz ring
Signed Fred Leighton ring in 18k yellow gold with precious topaz and diamonds, price on request; Fred Leighton

When it comes to color, orange made a major splash over the summer and continued into the fall. And though Viva Magenta was just recently announced as Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year, it’s receiving a warm welcome from many in the industry, thanks to its juicy presence in numerous gemstones.

Ellie Lee Marigold Montana sapphire ring
Marigold ring in 14k yellow gold with oval rose-cut Montana sapphire and 0.08 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, $1,200; Ellie Lee Jewelry

Blues and greens were also very big this year, mostly in the form of sapphire and turquoise. On the show floor at the JCK Las Vegas, Montana sapphire and Sleeping Beauty turquoise were a major part of the conversation. Kingman turquoise followed suit.

Vram Nocturne stud earrings
Nocturne stud earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds, price on request; Vram

On the other end of the spectrum, all-black jewelry upheld a gothic theme that began percolating in the beginning of the year, culminating in some memorable moments like this iconic red carpet appearance.

Harwell Godfrey mandrill pendant
Mandril pendant in 18k yellow gold with turquoise, 1.98 cts. t.w. sapphires, 0.75 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, and 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, $58,000; Harwell Godfrey

Dopamine dressing was a much discussed theme for the year—that is, wearing attire that makes one feel good. We were looking for every bit of happiness we could consume, and animals were an obvious choice. Jewelers of all price points and aesthetics went a little wild in 2022, resulting in some very memorable jewels.

Delphine Leymarie Boheme Confetti necklace
Boheme Confetti Lune Bleue necklace in 18k yellow gold with turquoise inlay, $3,535; Delphine Leymarie

Finally, to the moon! Designers kept reaching for the stars this year, many of them releasing entire collections with celestial themes. Moon phase jewelry in particular felt like a fresh perspective, with jewels showcasing the moon’s many different faces.

Surely many of these styles will endure well into 2023, but we can’t wait to see what else comes next.

Top: Sleeping Beauty necklace in 18k yellow gold with 6.1 ct. Sleeping Beauty turquoise, 1.81 cts. t.w. diamonds, 1.19 cts. t.w. sapphires, and blue enamel; $9,800; Emily P. Wheeler

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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