Expert Contribution

Holiday Jewelry Trends for 2021: Maximalism!

Is it just us, or do jewelry trends keep getting better and better? It makes sense when you think about it. At this point in the pandemic, our wardrobes have reached new levels of pared down, and jewelry has stepped up to instantly elevate nearly every work-from-home look. Though the fall/winter collections offer a glimmer of hope that fashion will liven up again in due time, jewelry cements its place as the head-turner of our future fall outfits. 

While past seasons focused on minimalist pieces (think: dainty layered necklaces), this fall, it’s all about the drama. We’re talking about bling that’s fit for an extravaganza, oversize and chunky adornments seemingly mined from the closet of Cleopatra herself. When it comes to pretty baubles, the message of the fall/winter 2021 runways is clear: let’s bring back the fun. Ahead, see the five biggest jewelry trends to know (and wear) this fall. Because we could all use something to look forward to. 

Mix It Up 

If there’s a surefire way to incorporate an element of surprise into your outfit with minimal effort, what could be better than (literally) mixing it up? Whether you’re mixing and matching earrings or simply combining contrasting colors, when it comes to this trend, there really are no rules! 

Pearly & Fringe Delights 

This season, designers threw not-so-subtle hints at anyone who’s still in denial that pearls are absolutely back. Throughout the runway shows, pearl earrings embellished with crystal fringe details were paired with layers of matching necklaces. Fringed layers of dangly crystals and pearls may have been absent from your wardrobe for some time now, but expect a triumphant return come fall. Call it boho chic. 

Big-Time Bling 

This season, it was impossible not to notice the downright in-your-face quality of the jewelry (so we meet again, maximalism!). From oversize studs to larger-than-life pendants, the overall statement on runways this season was to, well, make a statement. 

Garden Party 

Let’s carry a little spring into the fall, shall we? Floral elements blossomed across the fall/winter 2021 runways, some overtly garden-like, others slightly more discreet. At Simone Rocha, there were flowers printed on pearls alongside beaded flower earrings (stems and all). Badgley Mischka, on the other hand, presented a decidedly more classic floral stud. Take your pick! 

Chain Reaction 

The chain-link trend continues to dominate for fall/winter 2021, but with a slight twist. Whereas previous seasons featured ultra-chunky links, this time around, designers are showing range with dainty chains, mix-and-matched sizes, and colorblock iterations. 

Now that you’re fully prepped on the season’s best trends, you’re ready to start your holiday wish list or pick out the perfect gift! Head on over to any Padis Jewelry location and our consultants will be happy to help you pick out the perfect gift! Our team at Padis is here and ready to help with all of your holiday shopping needs both in our stores and on our website at Be sure to join us at East Bay locations at Broadway Plaza – a Forevermark Boutique – and Downtown Napa in addition to our San Francisco stores. 

We treasure the generations of families who allow us to become a part of their most precious moments. We’re here to help make gift-giving easy and stress free! Please feel to reach out if we can answer any questions and if we can be of assistance at 

 By Steve Padis, Padis Jewelry and The Forevermark Boutique at Broadway Plaza