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Ocean-Inspired Jewelry That Make the Perfect Summer Accessories

From seashells to pearls, your favorite childhood jewelry trend is back.


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Conch necklaces and shell earrings were the go-to accessories for It-girls and influencers last summer and the trend is back on in full force. Of course, these are not your childhood puka shells-and-thread bracelets.

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“This time around, you can enjoy the luxury version of it—18-karat gold, diamonds, turquoise, real and faux pearls, and shells sustainably sourced from far-flung locales such as the Philippines.”

So before summer has officially begun, add a couple of these gorgeous ocean-inspired jewelry pieces to your accessories collection and get ready to rock them day and night.

Omi Woods The Cowrie Infinity Necklace

Cowrie shells are one of the most recognizable symbols in Africa. They have been used as currency in the past as well as a means of communication and even medicine. This gorgeous open necklace features two cowrie shells at both ends that can be tied in a variety of ways. It is available in silver and gold.

To buy: from $110, omiwoods.com

SVNR Cadaques Earring

Inspired by the sundrenched beaches of Cadaqués in Spain, this single handmade earring features recycled agate, quartz, and jasper stones as well as a beautiful seashell and has a 14-karat gold-filled post.

To buy: $110, svnrhop.com

White Space Pearl Empress Earring

Pearls have never looked so sleek and modern! This earring (that can be sold either individually or as a pair) features a detachable freshwater baroque pearl, known for its unique non-spherical shapes. The front of the earring can be customized with either a white or pink round freshwater pearl.

To buy: from $337, whitespacejewelry.com

Octave Jewelry Trio Drops Mother of Pearl Earrings

These elegant drop earrings sport a modern design that will elevate any outfit. Wear them to a dinner this summer styled with a flowy silk maxi dress and sandals.

To buy: $415, octavejewelry.com

Mateo 14kt Pearl Bypass Ring

Cultured pearls and diamonds transform this minimal ring into a sophisticated work of art. It is handcrafted in New York from 14-karat yellow gold and features five pearls and 25 brilliant-cut diamonds.

To buy: $700, mateonewyork.com

Lalaounis 22K Yellow Gold Shell Earrings

Ilias Lalaounis was one of the most prominent Greek jewelers who often used his native country and its rich history as inspiration for his designs. The spiral shape of these statement 22-karat gold earrings was inspired by conch shells and each of them features eleven pearls.

To buy: $7,800, modaoperandi.com

Bibi van der Velden Jellyfish Ear Cuff

Who would have thought jellyfish would make for such beautiful and unique jewelry accents?

This cool Jellyfish Ear Cuff is part of Bibi van der Velden’s Sea Creatures collection and it is the epitome of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The cuff curves up along the shape of the ear and is embellished with three jellyfish topped with lavender quartz and set with tiny brilliant-cut diamonds. A beautiful dark pearl complements this ocean-inspired design.

To buy: $5,939, bibivandervelden.com

Maison Irem Shell And Macrame Bracelet

A summer classic, this bracelet is strung with real cowrie shells dyed in soft pink. Wear is alone or stacked with other bracelets for a boho chic look.

To buy: $78, modaoperandi.com

Ippolita Lollipop Lollitini Drop Earrings

These stunning drop earrings evoke sunny days at the beach thanks to the beautiful turquoise doublets that have been hand cut to imitate the way light hits the surface of the sea. They are crafted from sterling silver and also come in an elegant mother-of-pearl version.

To buy: $425, nordstrom.com

Tory Burch Shell Statement Necklace

Inspired by Tony Burch’s love for the ocean, this choker necklace is crafted from gold-plated brass links shaped into cowry shells. The brand’s double T logo sits at the center flanked by two moonstone seashells.

To buy: $198, nordstrom.com

Annette Ferdinandsen Ocean Sterling Silver Small Sea Fan Earrings

Sea fans are incredibly beautiful sea animals (yes, they are not plants even if they look like it) and are native to the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean sea.

Here, designer Annette Ferdinandsen has re-imagined them as earrings that are part of her Ocean Collection. They drop about two inches below the ear, which means they will definitely not go unnoticed (and that’s a very good thing).

To buy: $385, saksfifthavenue.com

Men’s Low Tide Wave Bracelet

Dear gentlemen, we haven’t forgotten about you. Add some color to your summer thanks to designer Roxanne Assoulin’s eclectic aesthetic and penchant for bold hues.

This enameled bracelet features wavy beads strung on a red cord and comes in three shade variations.

To buy: $90, roxanneassoulin.com

Isabel Marant Silver-Tone, Shell, and Beaded Bracelet

Stacked bracelets look so cool which is something French designer Isabel Marant is a master of. She designed this single bracelet out of wire to look like multiple layered cuffs. It is made with blue and peach-hued beads as well as genuine white shells sourced from the Philippines.

To buy: $275, net-a-porter.com

Ranjana Khan Beaded Shell and Leather Clip Earrings

Statement earrings are the best way to turn a boring outfit into a memorable look. And these oversized bright yellow clip earrings by Ranjana Khan are the definition of statement.

The studs, crafted with beads, are in the shape of a flower and the drops are genuine painted shells.

To buy: $125, net-a-porter.com

Eliou Samos Sunglasses Leash

US-based brand Eliou is a favorite of models like Gigi Hadid for its playful yet modern designs perfect for summer.

This sunglasses chain is made with freshwater pearls and sports gold-plated clips. It’s not just a practical accessory but an extremely cool-looking one, too.

To buy: $180, eliou-eliou.com


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