This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

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The shell jewelry trend you see all over your Pinterest and Instagram feeds is much more grown-up than the shell necklaces you might’ve owned in the ’90s (cue the surfer dudes in puka shells). Statement jewelry, whether it be chunky silver cuffs, structural earrings, or shell-inspired pieces, is making a comeback—and not in the kitschy, maximalist way you might think. Shell jewelry sounds straight out of a gift shop, but in summer 2024, it’s much more sophisticated. Dainty shell pendants or sculptural shell earrings will transport you to a tropical getaway while somehow remaining office-appropriate. Shell motifs don’t feel too on-the-nose, and instead, are infused with signature silhouettes that feel timeless for wearing this summer, and beyond.

Contrary to what you might believe, TikTok isn’t spearheading this one—instead, it’s co-signed across luxury and retail brands. Models at the Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2024 show were styled with minimalist shell-corded necklaces. At Ulla Johnson’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection, intricate beaded necklaces with shell pendants and earrings fit right into the designer’s boho-chic aesthetic. Sandy Liang’s Spring 2024 Ready-to-Wear show had models in minimalist casual wear with pops of freshwater pearl earrings and shell studs. Amidst the mermaidcore of years past, the emphasis on feminine, girlhood-inspired pieces, and a necessity for actually wearable styles, the shell jewelry trend fits right in.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

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Jewelry is personal, but there’s a bevy of shell statements to shop, from higher-end brands like Tory Burch and Jennifer Behr, to under-$50 pieces from Zara, Mango, Anthropologie, and more. For those who want to try out the trend but aren’t in the market for new jewelry, shell-inspired hair clips are a pretty alternative. We’ve rounded up our favorite shell pieces of the summer, plus some inspiration on how to style them.

Earrings

Earrings are the subtlest way to make a sartorial shell statement. Where some shell earrings are adorned with gemstones, others have freshwater pearl accents for a more literal take on the trend. No matter which one catches your eye, style them with a basic white tank, a linen skirt, and mesh sandals for weekend strolls.

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This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Mejuri Seashell Studs

I love the gold detail on these Merjuri Studs. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Jennifer Behr Seashell and Pearl Studs

The pearl accent is so chic. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Heaven Mayhem Shell Texture Studs

Heaven Mayhem’s under-$100 studs put a sophisticated, vintage twist on the classic seashell silhouette. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Madewell Spiral Shell Earrings

The genuine shell feel is so fun. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Anthropologie Swirl Shell Studs

Another sculptural take on the seashell silhouette (and they’re under $50).

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Anthropologie Seashell Floral Drop Earrings

The pink shell on these adds a nice pop of color. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Ettika Shell and Pearl Drop Earrings

The diamond stud, pearl, and swirl shell are the perfect combination. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Tory Burch Stripe Shell Clip On Earrings

This Tory Burch pair is my favorite splurge-worthy piece. 

Necklaces

Seashell necklaces are for the maximalist. Zara’s corded rope necklace is similar to those shown at Cavalli, while J.Crew’s chunky white shell necklace is the puka-shell necklace all grown up. Style these with a sundress and sandals for your next vacation.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Jennifer Behr Catalina Necklace

The sea glass shells and pearl beads are stunning.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Zara Snail Shell Rope Necklace

This is a dupe for the Cavalli roped necklaces. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Mango Shell Chain Necklace

This necklace from Mango is currently on sale. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Moda Operandi Calico Shell Necklace

The bright orange cord and pink shell is a mood-boosting color combination. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Kendra Scott Marina Pendant Necklace

This Kendra Scott option is for the minimalist. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

J.Crew Statement Shell Necklace

I love the chunky texture on this necklace.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Moda Operandi Beaded Shell Necklace

This necklace is truly a work of art.

Hair Clips

A shell barrette and clip is the practical, easygoing option for styling shell jewelry. You can throw a clip in your summer purse for laidback days, or style your hair in a mermaid updo with a shell clip for a date night out.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Free People Mini Clam Claw Clip

This under-$10 clip would look so pretty clipped in a bun. 

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

J.Crew Shell Clips Two-Pack

The tortoise-shell and pearly pink colors look so chic paired together.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Moda Operandi Shell Claw Clip

If I were buying one thing from this list, It’d be this gold clip from Lelet. It’s definitely a splurge, but is one you could make use of for summers to come.

This Nostalgic Jewelry Trend Is Back And Better Than Ever

Free People Shell Barrette

This barrette is the definition of mermaidcore. 

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