Jewelry Trends: Maximalism

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While some people prefer the understated look of minimalism in their jewelry, other people love the loud statement of maximalist jewelry. Both styles are coexisting as their own trends, each calling to different tastes. Today, we’re looking at the more is more end of jewelry styling with the maximalist jewelry trend. 

If you’re someone who prefers to showcase your style with loud statement jewelry, mixed and matched looks or a larger number of pieces worn at once, the maximalist trend might be your new favorite style. 

What is Maximalist Jewelry?

The design aesthetic maximalism refers to purposeful excess, often curated in pursuit of self-expression. For jewelry, it’s all about enjoying grandiose looks and eye-catching fashion. Maximalist jewelry is a style trend that focuses on being bold with expressive pieces. It can include individual large jewelry pieces or layered looks that stack together for this trend’s signature bold appearance

Creating a Maximalist Jewelry Look

Photo of a woman’s hands, she is wearing multiple rings with diamonds and gemstones.

This trend can be created with costume jewelry or fine jewelry. For elegant fine jewelry in maximalist styles, designs focus on eclectic, bold or buildable pieces. Maximalist jewelry should stand out on its own with a powerful look that’s eye-catching and statement-making. These pieces should be reflective of your personal style in a loud way. This kind of jewelry is often more playful, colorful and inventive than other more subtle pieces

Consider the key hallmarks of this trend when shopping for maximalist jewelry: bold designs, easy layering and self-expressive elements. 

Bold Designs

Being bold is at the core of maximalist jewelry. Larger scale pieces bring thoughtful presence with prominent sizes and styles. Pieces such as this Tahitian pearl necklace, this triple row eternity ring and this wide hammered hinged yellow gold cuff embody the purposefully pronounced look of maximalist jewelry. 

Wearing multiple large pieces of jewelry shows that you’re comfortable showcasing your style, bringing brave brilliant self-expression to your look. 

But being bold isn’t just about choosing pieces with large scales and sizes, some bold designs focus on mixing and matching in a single piece for a fashionable departure from the norm. This mixed and matched maximalist energy is embodied by pieces such as this ring that combines multiple diamond cuts, this necklace that combines graduated diamonds with a mixed link chain and this ring that combines a bezel-set emerald diamond with round pavé stones

Diamond necklace, sapphire and diamond earrings and a ruby diamond ring.

Choosing playful, colorful jewelry is another way to bring the maximalist energy to your look. For a colorful maximalist style, opt for a two-tone ring such as this eternity band in half yellow and half white gold with different diamond colors to match. This pear-cut yellow diamond eternity ring in yellow gold offers a vibrant take on the trend. 

Many gemstone jewelry pieces or jewelry with colored diamonds can bring the bright, eye-catching hues maximalist jewelry is known for. 

Layered Looks

While most maximalist jewelry items are large on their own, the scale of this trend can also be achieved by layering multiple items together. Stacking jewelry of varying sizes can bring maximalism by creating mixed and matched textures, colors, gemstone cuts and shapes. Stack one or more of the following styles to create a maximalist jewelry look: 

  1. Necklace Layering 
  2. Ring Stacking 
  3. Bracelet Layering 
  4. Earring Stacking  

To thoughtfully layer for the trend of more is more, choose items that match or contrast each other. It’s best to start with jewelry of one metal color to keep things cohesive. From there, you can add contrasting pieces slowly until you reach an eclectic style that you’re comfortable with.  

Self-Expressive and Unique

Whether you’re wearing birthstone jewelry, customized pieces or hypoallergenic jewelry, your style should include elements of self-expression. 

Jewelry with birthstones can bring subtle self-expression to fearless style, with each gem representing a special person or moment in your life. Engravings on the inside of rings can lend a secret message, making a maximalist jewelry piece more meaningful. 

Self-expression through jewelry is even easier when you design your own pendant or design your own earrings. You can select your setting and specific gemstones to bring your own flair to this jewelry trend. 

How to Style Maximalist Jewelry

If you’re new to this trend, it’s best to start with just one accessory or area to style. This can look like selecting a large pair of diamond drop earrings, a thick Cuban chain or a chain link and diamond bracelet. It’s best to start with one maximalist jewelry piece, and then slowly grow your wardrobe from there. Keep these styling tips in mind: 

  1. Choose jewelry that fits a similar theme, such as all pearls, all birthstones or all diamond jewelry.  
  2. Pick jewelry with the same metal color to bring a cohesive element to the look. 
  3. Start with just one area to wear your maximalist jewelry, such as wearing a large necklace or a bold ring.  

While these are suggested steps for starting out with adding a more is more vibe to your jewelry wardrobe, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which pieces resonate with your style. Your maximalist jewelry should make you feel confident, bringing self-expression and adventurous spirit to your jewelry box.  

Maximalist Jewelry Style FAQs

Yes, maximalist jewelry is trendy. Red carpets, fashion shows and everyday influencers all highlight the popularity of this trend. Style icons such as Iris Apfel have helped showcase the high fashion energy of this expressive trend.

Choose jewelry that feels authentic to you and your personal style. Pick pieces that you can see yourself wearing. 

You can wear your maximalist pieces to a special event, or simply to dress up an everyday errand. 

Where to Buy Maximalist Jewelry

Photo of a woman’s necklaces, she is wearing a necklace stack with gold and gemstone designs.

We are proud to offer a wide selection of jewelry, including bold pieces that fit right into the maximalist trend. Explore our wide selection online or visit one of our local jewelry stores to see select pieces in person. Our experts are happy to help you find the perfect jewelry to help you enjoy this eye-catching trend. 

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