Some of my favorite fashion memories growing up in the early 2000s include unconventional maximalism, complete with glittery jelly sandals, ironic bold-lettered tees, and Swarovski-bedazzled flip phones. Although my mother would never have let me out of the house in a waist chain and low-rise jeans à la Paris Hilton, I was allowed to wear the funky, brightly-colored jewelry that is currently having a renaissance.
“At the core, our current state of fashion is all about fun, empowerment, and embracing our unique selves, and it can also mean jewelry that’s playful while showcasing personality—and Y2K jewelry does just that," Kendall Becker, a New York City trend forecaster, says. “The Y2K jewelry trend embraces the sentiment of having fun through the art of dressing with punchy hues, high shine, and tongue-in-cheek motifs. Plus, this a great avenue for sharing our personalities.”
Happy, nostalgic jewelry feels just right right now. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of whimsy and visual optimism to your jewelry box, or you just want to relive the early aughts, the following playful accessories are sure to brighten up your entire look.
Even kids like Olivia Rodrigo who barely saw the first Y2K jewelry moment love this brand, which has taken social by storm and prices most of its pieces less than $100.
While wearing your name isn't so new, nothing makes the OG personalized piece feel chicer than silver and accenting diamonds.
Your charm bracelet from high school is about to get a major makeover. This chic tiny charm has a clicker-style closure, so you can wear it on a necklace, a bracelet, or even a hoop earring.
These sweet, beaded beauties will have you dreaming of summer all year long. Florals might not be groundbreaking, but beaded floral earrings are.
The puka shell necklace has come back full force—only this time, it features garnet and citrine crystals.
Consider this Alison Lou cocktail ring a major upgrade to the plastic version from the Pretty Princess dress-up board game you had growing up.
Kesha collaborated with New York City accessories designer Lara Eurdolian's Pretty Connected to bring back the ultimate throwback in a multifunctional mask chain that doubles as a necklace, or even a bag strap.
Iconic American jeweler Tiffany & Co. has sold this piece for years, but we can all thank Paris Hilton for making me want to “borrow” it from my mom.
A forever favorite, the bamboo earring is even cuter in a Lucite design, plated in 14-karat gold.
Pearls have been having quite the moment, and this Venessa Arizaga piece features glass pearls and colorful designs that range from daisies to smileys—sure to make any outfit instantly remind of you of the '00s.
Is there anything more Y2K than the butterfly? Though I’m not sure I would rock the mini hair clips again, I would keep these solid 14-karat gold diamond pushback butterfly earrings in rotation.