When the shell jewelry trend reached peak momentum last summer, I was hesitant to jump on board. It was already late July 2018, and purchasing something that I thought would surely run its course by September seemed impractical to me. Additionally, I was concerned that glancing down at my wrist and seeing a string of shells would be too difficult for me. I had just moved from California to New York, and I wasn’t looking for more subtle reminders of how far I was from home. However, by the time Fashion Month rolled around in September, it was clear that there was a new take on the shell jewelry trend — it definitely wasn’t going anywhere just yet.
At Altuzarra’s Spring/Summer 2019 show, nearly every model donned a pair of gold shell earrings. At Etro, the trend got an upgrade thanks to crystal and pearl embellishments. What at first seemed like a touristy beach trend could now be easily incorporated into anyone's everyday wardrobe in an elevated way.
The fashion crowd undoubtedly took notice, too. While scrolling through Instagram in the cold weeks of December, I can recall seeing shell anklets paired with sparkly holiday heels. Seemingly season-averse, it was clear the trend would only take further hold in 2019.
Instead of proclaiming that the shell jewelry trend is back and better than ever, more accurately, I'd say that it’s now opened up to offer something for everyone. This time around, gold and pearl iterations are perfectly suited for someone with more of a classic style. Playful, neon hues are great for anyone looking to explore spring’s eclectic color trends. For those who lean more minimal, a simple cowrie bracelet will do the trick.
Me? I love them all. Now that I'm thankfully no longer homesick, the shells on my wrist serve as a gentle reminder to call my mom. Keep scrolling to see some of my saved pieces that I keep coming back to.
Earrings are an easy way to dip your toes into the trend. I’ve swapped my everyday studs for a pair of simple shell hoops, and I love dressing up a casual look with a pair of crystal-clad statement earrings. I’ve had my eye on this Etro pair ever since they made their debut on the Spring/Summer 2019 runway.
I’ve gotten so many compliments on my shell bracelet that I’ve decided it’s time to add another into to the mix. There’s something inherently timeless about this crystal and gold bracelet from Tohum, and this blue Mason Irem plays well into spring’s color trends.
Recently, I’ve been loving cowrie chokers. They feel like an evolved version of the Puka shell necklace that I pined for as a kid, retaining just the right amount of ‘90s nostalgia. The short length is also perfect for layering — it hangs just above the other necklaces I wear on a daily basis.
Of all the spring trends, anklets are what I’m most excited about. At the moment, I’m pairing mine with sneakers and loafers, but once the weather warms up I’ll add some pair of sport sandals to the lineup.