9 Jewelry Fads From the ‘90s and 2000’s That Had to Go

Written by: Sue Fritz | | Jewelry

90's Jewelry Fads that had to go

Some people remember the ‘90s with fondness, while others look back and shudder in disgust. If a quick peek in your closet reveals a pair of homemade flare jeans, platform flip-flops, or any kind of bandana, this is an emergency intervention. The ‘90s (and 2000s!) are over. It’s a new century, and it’s time to purge your jewelry box of any of these ‘trendy’ items you may still be clinging to. Sure, it’s fun to look back on old times, but are you really ever going to wear that puka shell necklace again? Please say no. It’s time to, as they say in Frozen, “Let It Go!”

1.    Snap Bracelets

Pretty much anyone born in the ‘80s or early ‘90s would agree that snap bracelets ‘totally rocked.’ Whether you got yours from Claire’s or from a vending machine at the grocery store, who didn’t love that sound it made when it curled around your wrist? Plus, they came in every shade of the neon rainbow.

2.    Mood Rings

If you’re over the age of 17, you should not own a mood ring. Somehow this fad managed to stick around way past its expiration date (which was sometime in the late ‘70s). And they never changed to a pretty color! It was always ‘murky brown’ or ‘pea green.’ Make a mood ring that turns into, say, a diamond, and then we’ll reconsider.

3.    Toe Rings

This is an item of jewelry that should come with a warning: if you think of yourself as an adult (or you want anyone else to), do NOT wear a toe ring. In fact, unless you’re a teenager on a tropical vacation, skip the toe ring altogether. No one has pretty toes. Why would you want to draw attention to them?

4.    Name Necklaces

You know those necklaces that spell out your name in cursive? If you own one, it’s time to get rid of it. How did these even get popular in the first place? Presumably, you know your name. Your friends know your name. Do you really want every potential weirdo on the street to know your name? If you answered yes to that, you might have bigger issues than cleaning out your jewelry box.

5.    Stick-on Earrings

If you still own stick-on earrings from the ‘90s or ‘00s, just go get your ears pierced already.

6.    Livestrong Bracelets

We’re all about supporting charities, but do you really need to actually wear the bracelet? By all means, donate to charities you support, but in general, you may want to stay away from wearing the giveaway merch in public. Does everyone really need to know that you gave $5 to Livestrong? Plus, we’ve never seen an outfit and thought “You know what would really pull that look together? A yellow rubber bracelet!”

7.    Puka Shell Necklaces

Remember these? Even guys were wearing them! Well, what made you look ‘beachy’ and ‘laid-back’ in high school now comes across as ‘kitschy’ and ‘touristy.’ It’s basically the jewelry equivalent of a Hard Rock Café t-shirt. It used to be cool and signify that you traveled to interesting places. Now, it just looks dated.

8.    Butterfly Clips

If you still own any of these and you don’t have a pre-teen daughter, don’t say anything. Just quietly get up, put them in a plastic bag (so the garbageman doesn’t see them and laugh at you) and throw those tacky things away. Anyone who is old enough to remember when these were all the rage is old enough to know that these are totally unacceptable for people over the age of ten.

9.    Swatches

Like snap bracelets, plastic Swatch watches came in all kinds of snazzy colors, and most featured some mind-numbing shade of ‘80s neon. Definitely cool in grade school, but now? Not so much. Everyone has a clock on their smartphones, so if you are going to wear a watch, make it an item of jewelry; it should be classy and timeless (see what we did there?).

At Lavalier, we know that the value of your jewelry isn’t always just monetary; it’s sentimental, too. That’s why we offer jewelry insurance for your more classic jewelry items [LINK to jewelry staples blog]. While you may be able to handle tossing those butterfly clips and snap bracelets, your engagement ring or heirloom necklace is something you’ll want to have for the rest of your life. That’s why we make sure that any jewelry covered by our jewelry insurance will be replaced or repaired by the same jeweler who created it, or by another expert craftsman you approve of. When it comes to replacing the puka shell necklace your first boyfriend gave you? You’re on your own.

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