Beaded jewelry isn’t just a summer camp craft anymore

Chances are if you attended summer camp as a kid, you spent time at the crafting table donning bracelets or beaded necklaces to trade with your friends and bring back. home in remembrance. But, although canoeing and capturing the flag are officially things of the past, playful beaded jewelry is just as much fun in adult life as it is in childhood. While there are plenty of colorful and quirky options reminiscent of what you might have tinkered with decades ago, chunky strands of pearls and gemstones also offer a more luxurious take on the trend. Even minimalists can find a beaded style to suit their aesthetic via all-gold iterations or simple strands of citrine or turquoise.

Rightly so, there’s no better season than summer to show off this youthful jewelry trend, and not just because it’s when school is out of session. Bold seasonal trends like colorful matching sets and crocheted bags align with the playful attitude of upcoming necklaces, earrings and even anklets. Wear it with denim cuts and a vintage tee for a cool ensemble, or add a fun twist to a formal dress with a pop of color. Shop 24 stylish options to lean into the pearl jewelry trend, no crafts required.

The pearl necklace

To give pearl jewelry a more sophisticated touch, it’s all about style. Try pairing these fun necklaces with an elegant black dress for a night out. Susan Alexandra’s Happy Hour necklace is particularly well suited for an after-work spritz.

Susan Alexandra Happy Hour Necklace

Martha Calvo Feeling Tropical pearl necklace

Gorjana Parker Gemstone Necklace

Eliou Lina pearl necklace

Mateo Malachite and Gold Bead Necklace

Lanvin multicolored enamel pearl necklace

The beaded earring

Replace your usual metal studs or hoops with something a little more playful. These colorful beaded options are ideal for styling with a flowing white top. Pull your hair back to show it off.

Completedworks The Remains of a Dream Earrings

Isabel Marant gold and multicolored pearl earrings

Timeless Pearly Carnival Earrings

Roxanne Assoulin pearl and navy stripe hoop earrings

Tory Burch Roxanne fluted hoop earrings

Madewell Evil Eye pearl earrings

The Beaded Bracelet

Honor your friendship bracelet roots with an improved iteration of the classic. Trending brands like Bea Bongiasca create designs that have a youthful bent but are still as sophisticated as ever.

Jules Smith Flowerchild Pearl Bracelet

Bea Bongiasca pearl bracelet

Carolina Bucci Forte multi-stone bracelet

Sydney Evan Groovy Eye cord bracelet

Tohum Glass Bead Bracelet

Jia Jia Atlas bracelet citrine gold

beaded ankle bracelet

Anklets are an underrated jewelry option, but not anymore. Dress up a favorite pair of sandals with a colorful beaded style.

Sporty and Rich Beaded and Pearl Anklet

Gold and diamond ankle bracelet Musa by Bobbie Evil Eye

Missoma Good Vibes Anklet