Around 2013, Brooklyn-based jewelry store Catbird was buzzing with droves of women seeking out the brand's midi rings made popular by celebrities and fashion editors alike. The delicate appeal of these petite slim hammered bands was widespread and the art of stacking rings underwent a sort of revival. Flash forward six years and the practice of mixing and matching jewelry on all ten fingers is most certainly still a thing, however in recent months it seems a new trend has taken hold. In place of multiple dainty rings, chunky iterations of this trendy jewelry style appear to be the stacking combination of choice.
Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jess Hannah attributes this to a return to simplicity. "Stacking thicker rings eliminates the clutter, elegantly filling more space on your finger than thin stacking bands would," she explains. "This simplicity makes the stack a bolder statement. They also work as easy separates when standing alone — versatility is key in jewelry collecting!"
Mejuri's Creative Director Justine Lancon also nods to the versatility of these thick rings. "We love the contrast you can create from stacking thick, sleek, minimal rings; maybe slightly different widths or one white and one yellow gold. It's simple and statement-worthy," she says. "Our Boyfriend Stacker pairs well with a dainty, minimal ring...the contrast of dainty and bold make it stand out in a subtle way."
Below, you'll find a selection of women illustrating the versatility of this new trend, which conveniently translates to a myriad of aesthetics and occasions. Whether it's to complement an office outfit or dress up your weekend uniform, sliding several thick rings on is the jewelry trend du jour of the moment. Continue down for inspiration and to shop your favorite pieces.
One of the best aspects of the chunky ring trend is that a slew of nail lacquer colors complement gold and silver colorways — Alyssa Coscarelli's olive polish is especially enticing.
Team your thick bands with a pair of gold hoops to tie everything together. A pinky signet ring is a cool chunky style to add to your shopping list as soon as possible.
Styling two thick rings on top of each other is a fresh look right now. Try mixing metals and opting for both a silver and gold ring paired together.
Wear a few silver rings and a chain belt to give your outfit a little bit of New York edge. Don't be afraid to pair multiple thick styles with something dainty as well.
If you tend to go for loud prints then a few sleek rings will pair nicely with your patterned outfit. Thick, metal rings are statement-making and minimalist all at once.
Chunky-yet-chic bands have an artistic quality to them; style with a sweater and slacks for a Philo-inspired outfit.
Break the rules and wear extra chunky rings in gold and silver stacked together.
Sometimes more is better, as witnessed above. If you'd normally shy away from wearing a ring on every finger, sleek-yet-thick ands are a great way to ease into the trend.
Sometimes the textural quality of a couple of shiny rings can take your outfit to the next level.