Chunky Gold Chain Jewelry Is The Trend To Watch In 2021

New year, new jewelry. 

2020 put a cramp in our style. Literally. With nowhere to go, quarantine fashion consisted of sweatpants, t-shirts, and pajamas. Athleisure apparel was also on the rise during the pandemic. The level of attention and detail that went into daily outfit planning was practically nonexistent during our time of virtual meetings and classes. 

Matching our identity to items in our closet was the means for self-expression. For many people, dressing up for whatever they had planned was the highlight of their day. 

As we went back to basics, it’s safe to say that fashion took a backseat. Accessories, however, weren’t even in the car. 

It would’ve been a great way to spruce your neck-up looks, but accessorizing got old fast. Wearing bold statement earrings to Zoom meetings only got us so far. 

Jewelry was a major afterthought but that didn’t stop it from turning into a major fashion trend to watch out for. 

From earrings to necklaces, chunky gold jewelry has been making its way across the fashion world. 

It takes a staple accessory like a pair of gold hoops or a gold necklace and takes it to another level. They are simple but just elevated enough to complete your outfit. 2020 saw the first of the trend and it’s surely carrying over into this year. Because who doesn’t want to start off the year feeling golden?

Chunky Earrings

The chunky earrings trend has taken on a life of its own. Celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid have all tapped into the trend. And like many things, the popularization of this trend can be credited to TikTok. TikTok user @emilyberrol shared a video discovering an identical pair to the $450 Jennifer Fisher earrings commonly worn by Hailey Bieber. The Amazon brand, PAVOI, cost only $14 making it a cute and affordable dupe. High end or half the price, these gold chunky hoop earrings add enough drama to your outfits to become a staple in your wardrobe.

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01 Mejuri Croissant Dôme Hoops

These hoop-shaped gold earrings are tiny but make a statement. The twisted texture is inspired by the French pastry, becoming one of the cutest accessories a part of Mejuri’s collection, The Croissant Family. 

02 Madewell Chunky Medium Hoop Earrings

Madewell offers these signature chunky hoops in sizes ranging from small to oversized and comes in both gold and silver. These are the perfect, lightweight hoops for a classic look.

03 Anthropologie Abitha Huggie Hoop Earrings

Sugar Blossom’s Abitha Huggie earrings create an almost cuff-like design to hug your earlobes, creating a different take on the typical hoop earring. 

Chunky Necklaces

In more recent years, layering necklaces have been the go-to trend. Thin necklaces with gold pendants, crystals, or gems stacked on top of one another, became a must no matter what outfit you were wearing.

But now, it’s time for singular necklaces to have their spotlight. Chunky necklaces like Cuban links were popular around in 2014 during that grunge era of red flannels and black converse and we’ve been waiting for their bold recurrence since then. If there’s anything that these thick beaded or braided necklaces prove, it’s that more is more.

01 Free People Mega Chain Necklace

This two-toned chunky necklace is perfect for lovers of both gold and silver jewelry. The short-linked collar design works great with crewnecks and mock necks.

02 Jules Smith In Chains Necklace

The shiny Jules Smith chained necklace is the ultimate necklace to follow in this year’s chunky trend and the perfect finishing touch to a look. 

Chunky Rings

We can thank Harry Styles for his musical abilities, acting skills — in Christopher Nolan’s 2017’s Dunkirk and upcoming psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling  — and for popularizing chunky stacked rings. Styles’ now iconic signet rings and rings with his own initials have inspired people to adorn their hands with bulky statement rings. The sheer size of these rings can be a little off-putting, so one can be enough but a couple will complement very well.

01 Jlani Jewels Ace Ring

The Jlani Jewels black-and-gold ring is a great concept to amp up a signature gold signet ring. The black enamel ace of hearts design would surely be an outstanding accessory for poker fans or anyone with really great taste. 

02 Vanessa Mooney Lion Ring

Apart of the Lions & Tigers collection, this unisex signet ring is one-of-kind. Made from 24k gold-plated brass, the Vanessa Mooney signet ring with an engraved lion is cute and quirky. 

Chunky Bracelets

Chunky bracelets are as bold as they are beautiful. Chained or solid gold bracelets have the power to step your jewelry game up. And don’t worry about them being too heavy! These bracelets give the chunky lookwith their larger proportions but are completely lightweight. Making them look heavier than they appear just means it’s a great addition to your wardrobe. 

01 Ille Lan Charlotte Bracelet

This bracelet combines pearls — another jewelry trend we can thank Harry Styles for — and chunky chain jewelry to create this gorgeous item courtesy of brand Ille Lan. Made by Seoul-based designer Amy Jeon, the Charlotte bracelet is one of many chunky bracelets that Ille Alan craft. 

02 Baublebar Hera Link Bracelet

The Hera collection from Baublebar is what they describe as a “chic take on the classic chain.” From rings to bracelets, the accessories come in a variety of patterns. Their Hera bracelet is a shorter and handier version of their famous Hera bracelet, which Lizzo wore during an interview for David Letterman’s Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The paper clip chain design lays flat so it’s easy to wear and easy to layer if you opt to. 

03 Ettika Chain Bracelet

The interlocked links of the Ettika bracelet take on the timeless jewelry item that is a Cuban link. The links get bigger in size at one point in the bracelet and go back into the smaller pattern, giving a little bit of drama to the bracelet. It creates a full look that can pair well with watches or smaller bracelets. 


Writer: Deidre Redhead