You know what pairs well with a subtle, fresh-faced makeup look? Minimalist jewelry. What is minimalist jewelry, you ask? It’s delicate, classic, simple pieces that can be worn to subtly enhance your everyday look.
I’ve made a list of my top ten brands to shop for minimalist jewelry. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, I’ve got a list of online shops for every budget.
I was first introduced to this high-end brand back in 2019 but the brand has grown rapidly in just a few years. Mejuri has a generous mix of gold vermeil, 14k gold, white gold, and sterling silver pieces. My very first purchase from them was a 14k gold box chain necklace as well as a pair of gold vermeil earrings and both are stunning in person. During their annual sale, I ended up hauling several more pieces including these gorgeous gold vermeil earrings and this dainty diamond necklace. They drop new pieces every Monday and offer complimentary 2-day shipping. They have only one sale per year around Black Friday so if you don’t want to pay full-price, I would hold out for the sale.
Missoma is a demi-fine jewelry brand based in the UK that offers both statement and delicate accessories. I was influenced by my friend Victoria to purchase jewelry from the brand last year. If you love layering pieces, they have an online tool that allows you to mix different items to see how they look together. This Roman Arc Coin Pendant Necklace is perhaps the best money I ever on jewelry and it layers great with the curb chain necklace. I also wear this link bracelet practically every day. You can shop Missoma here and get 10% off your first order or sign-up for their email list for any flash sales.
This particular California-based jewelry brand has been around for several years but I recently started shopping from them after I spotted this cute, asymmetrical link necklace for everyday layering. The pieces Gorjana offers are primarily dainty pieces under $100, which are great for layering and everyday minimalism. They also have a fine jewelry line (with reasonable prices in my opinion). I have my eyes on these baguette diamond earrings.
I’ve always been a fan of the brand’s fashion jewelry but have you checked out their demi-fine collection? KS offers a selection of vermeil jewelry (sterling silver that is plated in 18k gold or 18k rose gold). These 18k yellow gold huggies have become part of my everyday ear party. I even sleep in them and never have issues! It’s a nice alternative if you don’t want to spend the money on 14k gold but also want to upgrade from regular gold plated brass.
My Instagram feed has been inundated with various jewelry brands but Ana Luisa caught my attention as they market themselves as “conscious luxury” without the markups. The brand is based in Brooklyn, NY and their jewelry is made with low-impact, recycled materials. Personally, I love the selection of bracelets, all of which are perfect for layering or wearing alone. The brand offers 10% off first time orders.
Eve Goes Vintage
One of my favorite, everyday pendant necklaces is my Vintage Dainty Gold CC Necklace that I found on Etsy last year. The shop is called Eve Goes Vintage and she recently launched her own direct-to-consumer website. The designer repurposes authentic designer buttons into a pendant on a dainty gold chain.
Here’s another new-to-me jewelry brand that keeps popping up on my social media and markets ethically-made jewelry starting at $15. While I haven’t purchased anything from the brand yet, I do have my eyes on their pearl rings and earrings. They also have delicate 14k gold pieces for reasonable prices.
I would be remiss to not mention a brand that transformed my entire jewelry style from the get-go. Launched by Kristin Cavallari (yes, the reality star from Laguna Beach and The Hills), the jewelry is affordable and on-trend. Most of my jewelry from UJ is primarily gold-plated brass, however, they do tarnish if you don’t take proper care of the items. There are a few pieces I love and use often like these earrings (also can be worn as studs) and this necklace. UJ has flash sales often so I definitely recommend waiting so you don’t have to pay full-price. They also have a great rewards program – it’s easy to rack up points from every purchase (for reference, 100=$10 off and so on).
The name says it all but if you love very tiny, dainty, jewelry, then you’ll love this minimalist jewelry shop I discovered on Etsy. Most of the pieces are available in solid gold and gold filled. I got myself a pair of 14k simple gold ball studs, a gold filled link bracelet and a gold filled ruby ring – all of which were even tinier in person. I will say their 14k gold pieces are much more affordable compared to the mainstream brands I mentioned earlier, and you’ll be supporting a small business!
I never thought Madewell would make my top ten of minimalist jewelry brands but here we are! If love simple, gold-plated chains and you’re on a budget, Madewell has tons of on-trend options. I noticed they also have a demi-fine collection (14k gold plated) for a slightly, but still reasonable price point. I recently ordered a pair of freshwater pearl huggies for just $22!
You can shop my top minimalist jewelry picks below!