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Year in Review: The Biggest Jewelry Trends of 2016

Now that 2016 has come to a close, there are so many “best of” and worst of” 2016 lists that it’s hard to know where to begin. But for you jewelry lovers out there, this list is for you.

We may not know what 2017 has in store for fashion and sustainable accessories, but we can certainly take a look at some of the most popular trends from 2016. Here’s a short look at some of the defining jewelry trends from this past year.

This is a trend that came back really hard in 2016, after a smaller resurgence in 2015. Modern choker styles range from plastic to thick, lacy ribbons, but the statement remains the same. These are often worn alone or with other statement necklaces and will likely continue to be a popular item in 2017.

Stacking Rings
If you’re not into statement rings, stacking rings are a great alternative. Not only are they smaller, but when put together, they can form a fantastic and totally unique statement piece. If that’s still not your style, then simply split them up to cover more fingers. These rings are a great gift and a simple way to accentuate your outfits.

Sustainable Jewelry
Pieces of jewelry like all wood watches for men and women have become staple pieces in 2016. Not only are these pieces complementary to all kinds of wardrobes, they’re often made by startups, like WeWOOD Watches, that use ethically sourced materials. Approximately 86% of people still own a watch, so hopefully we’ll see more of a shift toward sustainable materials next year, too.

In addition to all wood watches for women and men, companies are beginning to use more recycled materials, as well as ethically obtained gems and other stones. Independent jewelry makers like those on Etsy have also experienced a big jump in sales this past year, thanks to their local-first ethos.

Arm Cuffs
Already own a wooden watch and in search of another eco-accessory to adorn your arm? Arm cuffs are definitely a great trend that isn’t as heavy as a watch. Not only that, but they can be worn higher up on your arm, which makes sleeveless tops way more fun. Don’t expect these to go anywhere soon either!

Whether you’re into arm cuffs or natural wood watches, these were some of the biggest jewelry trends in 2016.


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