This Beachy ‘90s Jewelry Trend Is Making A Comeback This Summer

It’ll make you wanna hang 10.

by Casey Clark and Jamie Cuccinelli
Beachy ring and bracelet from the ‘90s on a woman's hand

TBH, it’s never too early to start shopping for summer, whether it’s a cute new swimsuit or chic cover up. One accessory to definitely add your must-buy list for summer 2022? Shell jewelry.

Yes, this ‘90s jewelry trend is experiencing a revival, thanks to celebs like Gigi Hadid and Zendaya who’ve both been seen wearing the beachy, throwback accessory.

Despite shell jewelry’s surfer girl roots, the 2022 version of this trend is surprisingly versatile. From puka shell necklaces to gilded gold seashell earrings, there are a plethora of styles and designs to choose from to pair with almost any outfit this spring and summer, whether laidback or more elevated.

Some styling suggestions? If you’re going for casual, pair traditional shell jewelry with a denim skirt (another Y2K revival trend) and a breezy tee — or a bikini top, if you’re at the beach! Headed to a fancy dinner while on vacation? A boho maxi dress and a pair of wedges make the perfect mate to shell-shaped jewelry in gold or silver.

Below, I’ve gathered some of the best shell jewelry finds, starting at under $50, that you can wear with your favorite spring and summer looks. So hang 10 and scroll on to start stocking your warm-weather accessory collection.

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Both hypoallergenic and nickel-free, this necklace is available in both 18K gold vermeil or silver and is dainty enough to wear everyday. Featuring a seashell pendant, it’ll serve as the perfect finishing touch to practically anything in your wardrobe.

Pretty and petite are two words to describe this piece of shell jewelry. Toss on these 14K yellow gold plated seashell studs for just a hint of those seaside vibes. Their quaint size also makes them ideal for daily wear, whether that’s a trip to the beach or work event.

When you put on these earrings you’ll be able to hear the ocean! Well, not really — but they have plenty of other things going for them: Handmade from pyrene shells and sterling silver, these 1.25” dangle earrings will sway alongside the cool ocean breeze. Freshwater Keshi pearls elevate the earrings for a coastal-chic look.

Channel your inner mermaid with these cowrie shell and beaded earrings. Whimsical and colorful, the baubles boast shells suspended from a pair of gold-plated hoops and come complete with assorted pearls and glass beads. Pair with a similarly bright outfit for a unique flare.

No matter what you’re wearing, you can never go wrong by accessorizing with a delicate bracelet. This one features a beautiful cowrie shell with opal inlay and recycled 14K gold on a thin gold chain. Wear alongside other nautical themed accessories or as a signature or statement piece.

Pop in this baby and let your personality shine. This single earring is a fun, summery accessory thanks to its unexpected pop of color. Hanging two inches long, it has a detachable cowrie shell charm (hanging from a 14K gold-plated brass hoop) that’s emblazoned with a hand-painted logo and coral.

This trendy, chunky necklace is a bold way to wear shell jewelry and fancy enough to rock at a beach wedding. With shell, enamel, and angelite stone charms, the gold and tortoise chains can be detached from one another, so you can wear it as a layered set or separately.

Wear this necklace with your favorite cutoff shorts or bathing suit for those classic and casual Cali girl vibes. Featuring a braided cotton bandana and embellished with seashells and recycled plastic beads, this necklace isn’t your traditional jewelry piece — but definitely not one to miss out on this summer.

Consider this your old ‘90s puka shell necklace’s cool older cousin. With recycled glass beads and a shell-shaped gold-plated pendant, this blue-hued necklace is finished with a lobster claw closure. Perfect as your go-to summer accessory, it’ll add a dose of color and whimsy to an array of looks.

This necklace combines the bohemian feel of shell jewelry with edgy elements and shapes, for a wholly unexpected way to wear the trend. Crafted from brass with a gold finish, it features pearl charms, shells, and beads. Pair it with an off-the-shoulder top to really let this stunner shine.

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