Best Minimalist Jewelry Brands 2022 – WWD

Best Minimalist Jewelry Brands 2022 – WWD

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The most intriguing part about minimalist jewelry is that, depending on who you ask, it is something entirely different for everyone. To some fashion lovers, it’s simple and dainty pieces that may include minimal diamonds, mixed metals, tiny stud earrings, or perhaps a chunky solid-silver ring. To others, it can include a 4-carat diamond tennis necklace, 24K gold ear cuff, a heavy, solid, 14K gold chain-link bracelet, and perhaps even an emerald tennis bracelet for a hint of everyday color. While the minimal jewelry trend might not include large, colorful stones and ornate in-your-face detailing, one thing you can count on is subtle details that require just as much expertise and craftsmanship as something more blingy.

There are countless jewelry brands that fashion insiders, influencers, and celebs go to for their favorite minimal pieces. While some brands pay close attention to sustainable practices, inclusive sizing, and price ranges, the beauty of minimal jewelry is that it will always be in style and can be passed from one generation to the next. Also, minimalist jewelry can take your classic white tank up several notches, and that’s something to celebrate. Your minimalist layered necklaces and stacking rings also pair well with joggers and designer sneakers, or even a cocktail dress.

We’ve rounded up some of the best minimal jewelry brands you can count on for beautiful, sculptural, and stand-alone pieces that will still pack quite a punch. Some offer fine, gold-plated, solid silver, ethically-sourced, and thoughtfully designed pieces that are a bit unexpected. You’ll find pearls, diamonds, chunky architectural shapes, and even some colored stones to help you achieve your next favorite minimal jewelry look.

Keep reading for our picks from affordable to luxury labels, along with expert tips for shopping for cute minimalist jewelry and all the top minimalist jewelry trends of 2022.

Top Minimalist Jewelry for 2022

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Jennifer Meyer

After working in communications for some of the most iconic fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, Jennifer Meyer launched her namesake brand in 2005. She counts Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, and Kate Hudson as loyal clients. Her pieces are timeless and meant to be an extension of the wearer while offering a symbol of luck, love, and celebration, to commemorate special moments in one’s life. The fine jeweler has something for everyone, including earrings and rings, to her newly launched fragrance. Jennifer Meyer’s wishbone necklace is the piece you invest in and wear from season to season and never take off. All her pieces are crafted by artisans in Los Angeles and look chic with an oversized button-down, sweater vest, your new go-to trousers, and your favorite designer shoes this fall. Whatever your style, these pieces are a great addition to your jewelry box. 

All of Jennifer Meyer’s jewelry feels modern in design while, at the same time, each piece imbues a vintage heirloom. Make it a “mommy and me” moment and buy one of her wishbone pendants for your little one so you can match when they’re old enough to treasure it. If you’re looking for a bit of sparkle but still wish to stay minimal, we couldn’t be more excited about her double hoop earrings and tennis bracelet. The diamond tennis bracelet is so iconic and will look incredible with everything from a shirtdress to a white t-shirt and high-waisted jeans. While the double hoop earrings are just the hint of sparkle to pair with your go-to silk camisole and cashmere sweater for your next date night.

Jennifer Meyer Wishbone Necklace

• Chain size: 18”
• Pendant size: 1″ x 0.55″
• Materials: 18K rose gold
• Features: The brands signature wishbone charm, delicate 18-inch gold link chain, timeless
design that transcends seasons
• Best for: Those who love to wear good luck charms

Jennifer Meyer, 18k Rose Gold Wishbone Necklace, Rose Gold, One Size


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Jennifer Meyer Diamond Tennis Bracelet

• Size: 6.5” L
• Carat weight: 1.8 ct
• Materials: 18K yellow gold, round white diamonds
• Features: Box lock closure, complimentary gift wrapping included
• Best for: Those who are looking for something classic, timeless that they can put on and never take off


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Jennifer Meyer Double Hoop Earrings

• Size: 0.75” L
• Carat weight: 0.45 ct
• Materials: 18K yellow gold, diamonds
• Features: Post closure, layered design, 4-prong diamond detailing
• Best for: Those looking for a unique take on the classic gold hoop look

Jennifer Meyer, Women’s 18k Double Hoops with 4-Prong Diamond Detail


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Sophie Bille Brahe

Danish fine jeweler Sophie Bille Brahe was trained in the traditional ways of jewelry making as a goldsmith and is a graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Fascinated with celestial events, she launched her brand in 2011 and is known for her minimal, modern, and elegant designs. Working primarily with pearls, Top Wesselton VVS (FG color) diamonds, and 18K gold, she creates earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and anklets, some with stones and some entirely metal, but all with a polished organic feel. If you’re looking for something feminine that you can wear to a black tie event or a trip to the flea market, we love her Petite Splash Diamond Mono earring, Triple Band vermeil ear cuff, and Petite Peggy pearl necklace. There aren’t many jewelers who design such versatile pieces, but Sophie Bille Brahe is a one-stop jewelry shop, no question.

Sophie Bille Brahe Petite Splash Diamond Mono Earring

• Size: 1.2cm L x 0.5cm W
• Carat weight: 0.17 ct
• Materials: 18K gold, diamonds
• Features: A post-back closure, nickel free, sold as a single earring, cluster diamond stud with
teardrop diamond at the base
• Best for: Wearing to the next wedding you’re attending


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Sophie Bille Brahe Triple Band Vermeil Ear Cuff

• Size: ½” L x ½” W, ¼” opening
• Materials: sterling silver, 18K gold plating
• Features: A slip-on, handcrafted single earring, no piercing required
• Best for: Your next zoom meeting


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Sophie Bille Brahe Petite Peggy Pearl Necklace

• Size: 15 3/4 “ L
• Materials: freshwater pearl, 14K gold
• Features: A tongue-and-groove closure for security, and a beautiful, graduated pearl necklace
that’s a modern twist on a classic pearl necklace
• Best for: A gallery opening


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Laura Lombardi

Laura Lombardi, a New York-based jewelry designer who grew up between the US and Tuscany, is known for sculptural yet refined designs. She has perfected twisted hoops and graphic chains, each with timeless ease. Before launching her business in 2010, she spent years honing her fine arts background, working in a fine jewelry supply store where she built jewelry by hand from upcycled materials. When preparing each collection, Lombardi sources vintage and archival materials to upcycle into her designs and production. She loves to mold the past with the present by incorporating a single chain link or reimagining parts of objects from the past. Every piece is designed and manufactured with a focus on non-traditional materials, including recycled brass, and made by hand by small, locally owned businesses throughout the East Coast. In 2019, she opened her first flagship showroom in New York. Not only do Lombardi and her team focus on incredible craftsmanship and sustainable practices from the initial design concept to the finished piece, but also, her price point is attainable. So it’s no surprise their pieces sell out fast. Their designs look amazing when worn with bright solid colors or classic neutral-monochromatic looks. She doesn’t use stones, so the metals do all the talking. Her Luna ring is one of the chicest rings of the season. Wear it by itself or stack it with your favorite signet ring. The Strada choker is the perfect chain necklace to wear over your favorite thin knit sweater this fall or with a flannel button-down. We suggest finishing it with the Sienna choker for a cool-girl layered look.

Laura Lombardi Luna Ring

• Size: 4-10
• Materials: 14K gold plated brass, or platinum plated brass
• Features: Curved chunky cigar band design
• Best for: An evening out for martinis with girlfriends


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Laura Lombardi Strada Gold-Plated Choker

• Size: 16” L x 1/8” W
• Materials: 14K gold plated brass, or platinum plated brass
• Features: A lobster clasp closure and elegant chain-link design that sits just at the collarbone
• Best for: Open necklines


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Laura Lombardi Siena Plated Necklace

• Size: 17.2” L x 0.4” W
• Materials: 14K gold plated brass
• Features: A clip-clasp closure and elegant chain design that sits just above the collarbone
• Best for: Square necklines


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Louis Abel

Louis Abel jewelry is a unisex label from Sweden and Germany that handcrafts using recycled sterling silver. It draws inspiration from nature and the relationship between the sun and the moon, as shown in their latest Celestial collection. Crafted with beautiful organic shapes and textures, we love their chic Abluvio hoop earrings for every day and their uber-cool Navajo bangle. The bangle will look great worn over a cuff sleeve or oversized sweater sleeve. For shiny gold rings that look great layered with your other pieces, opt for the Aurea ring, which comes in under $200.

Louis Abel Abluvio Vermeil Hoop Earrings

• Size: 0.47” W
• Materials: Sterling silver, 18K gold plating
• Features: Post fastening for pierced ears, textured ribbed design
• Best for: Your next job interview


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Louis Abel Navajo Bangle

• Size: Small = 5.5” – 6.3”, Medium= 6.3” -6.9”
• Materials: Sterling silver, 18K gold plating
• Features: Matte textured finish inspired by the natural wonders of the world, slip-on cuff
• Best for: Your next blind date


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Louis Abel Aurea Polished Gold Vermeil Ring

• Sizes: 5.25 – 8.5
• Materials: Sterling silver, 18K gold plating
• Features: Slip-on wavy shape with a high shine polished finish
• Best for: Your next shopping excursion


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Sophie Buhai

A fifth-generation Los Angeles native, Sophie Buhai has been designing beautifully crafted modern heirlooms since 2015. Buhai counts Art Deco and Viennese Secession as two of her signature design influences. “The output at that time is just unbelievable,” says Sophie Buhai, founder of her namesake modern jewelry and accessories brand. “It feels more modern than anything made today. I look at work from that period a lot. The use of materials and the simplification of form are very interesting. I love things that are pure in form, geometric, and bold. I also prefer materials that are not typically considered ‘precious’ or ‘luxury’.” Buhai says the houses’ beaded stone collars are one of their signature designs. “I just love seeing people wearing big beads again! It’s a look that many women in their 70s wear on the Upper East Side, but I love the younger generation reinterpreting it with their style. Our silver hoops and chains are always staples of the collection as well. I wear hoops and hair accessories almost every day. They make me feel put together very easily — and that works well as a working mom!”

Her Barbara chain necklace is the perfect statement-minimal chain to wear every day. If you love silver and are looking for something minimal, modern, and timeless, we also love her Everyday hoop earrings and Shell ring. Buhai uses recycled and responsibly sourced sterling silver and gold as well as local production, allowing them to support their local community and reduce waste and resource use. Whether heading to the beaches of Menorca or meeting with your CEO, these pieces are polished and great for wherever you may be headed.

Sophie Buhai Barbara Chain Necklace

• Chain size: 16″ L x 0.6″ W
• Materials: Sterling silver
• Features: A secure lobster-clasp fastening
• Best for: Pairing with your favorite black turtleneck


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Sophie Buhai Medium Shell Ring

• Size: 5-7
• Materials: Sterling silver
• Features: Sculptural ring with a shell design
• Best for: Those looking for a unique ring to wear and never take off


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Sophie Buhai Everyday Hoop Earrings

• Size: 1″ L x 1″ W
• Materials: Sterling silver
• Features: Ball-back post fastening
• Best for: Running around town


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Oma The Label

Oma The Label was created by New York-based fashion stylist Neumi Anekhe in 2018 after she noticed a significant lack of BIPOC representation in the fashion industry. She predominately focuses on classic, timeless, and minimal gold-plated jewelry. Along with the timeless designs comes a price point that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Oma The Label starts at under $50 and caps out under $500. We love their Timepiece ring, Evbu earrings, and Verden ring, which are all under $80. Take your pieces out to the club or on your next date night.

Oma The Label Verden Ring

  • Size: 6-9
  • Materials: 18K gold plated stainless steel
  • Features: Curved chunky ring wrapped ring design, inspired by African and Scandinavian
  • design influences
  • Best for: Wearing to the office


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Oma The Label Evbu Earrings

• Size: 1″ L
• Materials: 18K gold plated brass, cubic zirconia
• Features: Hinge back
• Best for: An everyday hoop earring with a unique look and feel


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Oma The Label Timepiece Ring

• Size: 7-9
• Materials: 18K gold plated brass
• Features: Watch strap design
• Best for: Layering with your other rings to play up the sculptural silhouette


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Auvere was founded by husband-and-wife power couple Gina Love and Steven Feldman in 2017. The brand centers around timeless, beautifully designed, and manufactured solid 22K and 24K gold jewelry. Few can argue with the fact that solid gold is a great investment. Also, the brand thoughtfully designs pieces that fall under $500 to make it an attainable label. When thinking about minimal jewelry staples in every collector’s jewelry box, we have to first start with earrings. There’s something so special about everyday earrings that you can dress up or down. We suggest starting with a classic gold hoop earring. These are seasonless, and with the pure gold Auvere uses, you can wear them from the city to the ocean without worrying about them tarnishing. Their XL hoop earring hits the mark. We love them paired with the sexy Lunar ear cuff in the satin finish and V Neck earrings for a maximal-minimalist jewelry look that’s perfect for your next meeting with investors.

Auvere XL Hoop Earrings

• Size: 2 ½” D
• Weight: 21.6 grams (per pair) and 10.8 grams (single earring)
• Materials: 22K yellow gold
• Features: The option to buy a single or the complete pair, these are perfect for someone who
likes to stand out from the crowd
• Best for: Your next dinner date


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Auvere V Neck Polished Earrings

• Size: 13/16” H x 3/16” W
•Weight: 6.2 grams
• Materials: 22K yellow gold
• Features: A handcrafted satin finish, it’s the polish every outfit needs
• Best for: Your next gallery crawl


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Auvere Lunar Satin Ear Cuff

• Size: ½” D x 3/16” Opening x 1/16 ” W
•Weight: 5 grams
• Materials: 22K yellow gold
• Features: A satin finish, slip-on ear cuff, no piercing required!
• Best for: Pilates-friendly jewelry that you don’t have to remove before class begins


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Prasi is a must-know label founded by two Brazilian friends in 2019. You’ve probably seen its stunning Prasi Mangueira chain necklace on Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, and Maddie Ziegler, to name just a few of their celebrity clients. Designed mainly in Brazil and produced in Italy and Brazil, the fine jewelry brand targets those looking for something minimal but more unique than elsewhere. Their Prasi Fatto a Mano bracelet is the perfect bracelet to wear every day. It has a masculine and feminine feel and looks great with a shirt dress, and penny loafers for a dreamy business casual look. The Dois Irmãos ring is also a must-have for day or nighttime wear. Their clean lines and rose and yellow gold pairing are so refined. It’s the modern signet ring for next generations jewelry lovers. If you’re looking for a chain necklace to wear daily, they also have you covered. Try their Mangueira chain necklace with a denim tuxedo for fall.

Prasi Fatto a Mano Bracelet

• Size: 16.5cm
• Materials: 18K yellow gold
• Features: A made-to-order chain link design named after Brazil’s most famous Samba school, Mangueira, and comes with a hidden clasp closure and a 40 business day lead time
• Best for: Hosting your next Friendsgiving so you can cook and not worry about removing your jewelry before doing so


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Prasi Dois Irmãos Ring

• Size: 5-9
• Materials: 18K rose gold and yellow gold
• Features: A made-to-order structured ring inspired by Brazilian furniture designs of the 1960s’,
with a 70 business day lead time
• Best for: Sailing the Mediterranean by yacht


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Prasi Mangueira Chain Necklace

• Size: 42cm
• Materials: 18k yellow gold, platinum
• Features: A made-to-order chain link design
• Best for: The first day of your new job


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Mejuri was founded in 2015 by Noura Sakkijha, who comes from a long line of family jewelers. As the third generation in her family to work with fine jewelry, she had a mission to create fine jewelry that you can wear every day. In Addition, it was very important for the brand to place sustainability at the forefront. They incorporate both recycled and fairly mined materials, all of which support local communities. Their Charlotte Bold ring, Croissant Dome hoop earrings, and Bold Herringbone chain necklace are perfect for every day. Mejuri baubles are known for their versatility, quality materials, and competitive price point. Each of these pieces has a vintage feel to them and will look incredible when paired with your favorite denim midi-skirt, block-heel booties, and ribbed-knit sweater, as well as a ballgown and satin mules.  Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson are all fans of the brand and have worn pieces from the line.

Mejuri Charlotte Bold Ring

• Size: 4-10, 9.35mm W
• Materials: 18K gold vermeil
• Features: Two attached chains with a spring ring clasp that has a built-in extension so you can adjust the length
• Best for: Wearing with crewneck t-shirts and your favorite wide-leg trouser


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Mejuri Croissant Dome Hoops

• Size: 17.55mm D x 3.8-6.0mm W
• Materials: 18K gold vermeil
• Features: High shine texture, carved design
• Best for: Your favorite retro-inspired look. Think flared bottoms, miniskirts, and bell sleeves


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Mejuri Bold Herringbone Chain Necklace

• Size: 16-18″ L x 5mm W
• Materials: 18K gold vermeil
• Features: Comes in different lengths, so it can be worn as a single necklace or layered with a second one in the varying length
• Best for: Those who want something classic and different from a typical chain necklace to wear every day


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Selina King

Selina King launched her brand in 2012 after spending time watching her father craft pieces in his jewelry studio. Her expertly crafted designs lend style to any outfit. Selina King has all your minimal pieces, whether off to a concert, a farmers’ market, or a trip to Sicily. From her gorgeous Ophelia bangle set to her medium twisted Willa hoops and her stackable Ophelia ring. Selina cares immensely about her clients and wants them to find something that feels like an extension of themselves. This is very evident in the fact that she has various sizes in every piece she makes, so whether you have a larger or smaller wrist, finger, neck, or earlobe, you can rest assured you will find your size. She also launched the Selina King Empowerment Project, where she and her team have created a platform to recognize, honor, and give thanks to women who have put others before themselves.

Selina King Bangle Set

• Size: thinnest bangle .37” W, middle thickest .25” W, thickest .22” wide
• Circumference: Small 2.4”, medium 2.5”, large 2.6”
Materials: Available in 14K gold plated brass and sterling silver
• Features: Slip-on bangles in varying widths that come in small, medium, and large options
• Best for: Those looking for bangles that you can stack with your favorite athleisure look or black-tie gown


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Selina King Medium Hoops

• Size: 1.4” L x 1.4” W
• Materials: Available in 14K yellow gold or 14K white gold
• Features: Security closure, twisted metal design
• Best for: Wearing everyday as they can be dressed up or down


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Selina King Stackable Ring

• Size: 5-9
• Materials: Available in 14K Gold Vermeil and Sterling Silver
• Features: A natural curved shape and the option to order custom sizing
• Best for: Wearing several on multiple fingers or by itself


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What to Look for When Purchasing Minimalist Jewelry

As we enter the new fall season, look at your everyday jewelry uniform and take stock of what you like and what you’d like to switch out. Instead of the jewelry wearing you, minimal jewelry allows the wearer to remain the focus. “Jewelry is very personal and should be worn in a way the wearer finds authentic to their eye,” says Sophie Buhai, founder of her namesake modern jewelry and accessories brand. “I don’t think there are rules. I love seeing someone with eccentric taste wearing jewelry in an offbeat way. The bigger the piece, the more I like to let it stand alone without distractions. For smaller pieces, it’s easier to layer. But the more statement the jewelry, the simpler the clothing should become — almost like a backdrop,” adds Buhai.

Here are some more things to consider when shopping for minimalist jewelry:

  • Quality and longevity: When in the market for minimal jewelry, quality is of the utmost importance, and it goes hand in hand with longevity. You don’t want a ring that turns your finger blue after one wear. “Like anything, well-made items last longer,” says Buhai. She suggests when buying silver —buy solid. “For silver, I like a heavy weight and always buy solid sterling silver. For silver, it is best to find artisan-made pieces — they feel like little works of art and should be collected in the same vein. A good piece of silver jewelry should last forever and be considered an heirloom piece that transcends trends. It is classic and a signature look for women who like to whisper rather than scream,” says Buhai. After all, Buhai is a big believer in not letting your jewelry wear you. It’s also essential to care for your pieces, whether it is plated or solid gold. Keep it in jewelry pouches and avoid harsh liquids that may aid in tarnishing.
  • Price: There are a lot of misconceptions about price points when it comes to jewelry. You don’t have to buy fine jewelry to own pieces that will last for years. It’s about shopping brands that never sacrifice quality or design to ensure you invest in something that has value. Be sure to read the “about sections” before purchasing from a brand to see what their ethos is. Do they maintain an ethical working environment for their jewelers? Do they use recycled metals or stones? Do they follow sustainable practices when sourcing materials and manufacturing? As you’ll see in our minimal jewelry guide, it’s possible to shop from thoughtful brands that also make high-quality jewelry whether you have a big budget or not.

Minimalist Jewelry Trends for 2022

  • Minimalist earrings: Whether you have pierced ears or not, anyone can enjoy minimal earrings. There are minimalist gold stud earrings and dainty hoop earrings — from very small huggies to oversized shoulder duster hoop earrings for everyday wear. There are single earrings and sets in silver, gold, rose gold, and mixed metals. Have fun with the finishes, and opt for a high-shine, matte, or textured metal look. Most minimal jewelers have at least one ear cuff or ear crawler style that requires no piercing while giving the illusion of one or several piercings. These come in plain metal without stones or with subtle stone detailing.
  • Minimalist necklaces: When it comes to minimalist necklaces, there are endless looks to create. Look for layered chains attached with a clasp to give the illusion of multiple necklaces at varying lengths. Or, opt for layering standalone chains of different sizes to create a unique look over a turtleneck sweater, low-cut v-neckline, or with a bit peeking through your oversized button-down shirt. Have fun mixing metals and playing with textures. A smooth, shiny finish adds a polished feel to every outfit, while a textured finish will give your look an organic twist, perfect for the beach or the boardroom. Alternatively, a minimalist pendant necklace is incredibly chic when worn by itself. These come in metals with and without minimal precious and delicate stone detailing. If you love raw stones, look for an architectural carved stone pendant on a cord to incorporate a pop of color for a minimal statement.
  • Minimalist bracelets: Minimal bracelets come in many different iterations. Some have mixed metals, chain-link designs, micro-sized gold chains meant to wear standalone or layered, and minimalist paracord bracelets. Play with chain designs of varying thicknesses to create a unique look that will dress up every look. Minimal jewelry is so easy because you can put it on and never take it off; its versatility will guide you from one moment to the next, year after year. If you wear a watch, look for minimal bracelets that complement it. Make sure they’re delicate enough, so they don’t hit your watch and scratch it.
  • Minimalist rings: Minimalist rings are a fun way to let your style come through. You can opt for chunky metal versions, carved iterations, sculpted signet styles with family crests, or cut-out shapes. These come in ring sets and can be layered together or worn individually on each finger. When worn on your pinky, a minimal carved ring has a very different look than when worn on your middle finger or thumb. Yes, we are petitioning to make thumb rings cool. When deciding how to style the rings, remember there are no rules. Experiment with textured metals, and matte finishes, stack them up your entire finger or wear one by itself.

Meet the Experts 

Sophie Buhai is the founder of her namesake jewelry and accessories brand which she launched in 2015. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, she co-founded the fashion label Vena Cava. She also designed jewelry collections for the French fashion house Lemaire.

Meet the Author 

Elana Zajdman is a freelance editor, writer, stylist and brand consultant who covers all things accessories and jewelry. Based between New York and Paris, her bylines have appeared in InStyle, Marie Claire,, WWD, Natural Diamond Council, and Footwear News. She is launching a digital platform with curated drops of jewelry and objects called Estelle Galerie coming later this year. Elana was the senior accessories and jewelry editor of InStyle magazine for six years, and prior to that she was the accessories editor at Marie Claire and fashion market associate at


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