Jewellery Styles From the ’90s
Not all estate jewellery is from the 1800s. Today, you can find gorgeous pieces from as late as the 1990s. For many people, the ’90s are nostalgic, and finding authentic jewelry from that decade is a real treat. Colonial Acres is continually adding unique and stunning pieces from a variety of decades. If you’re particularly interested in late 20th-century fashion and want to learn more about what the jewellery trends were back then, continue reading for more insight about the items described below.
Lots of mid-century trends came back in full force during the ’90s. For example, mood rings were all the rage and even branched out into mood bracelets, toe rings and other accessories. While the stones did change colour, they shifted according to the wearer’s body temperature, so don’t worry too much if your vintage mood ring doesn’t reflect your actual feelings.
Chunky was in during the ’90s, but that didn’t necessarily mean large gems and chains, though those were also popular. The last decade of the 1900s was filled with stacked bracelets, with bangles making a significant impact. These thin metal hoops were usually simple, with minimal texture and gemstones, and made pleasant jingling sounds whenever the wearer moved.
Rubber jelly bracelets were another favourite for stacking. This vintage jewellery came in a wide variety of colours. They were fairly inexpensive and were sold in packs, making them easy to collect. At the height of their popularity, there were rumours that the various colours were subtle signals among the teenagers who wore them, but this turned out to be an urban legend. You can wear these vibrant bracelets without worrying about any hidden meaning.
Hair Accessories in the 1990’s
No red carpet appearance was complete without the signature butterfly hair clips. These accessories took advantage of the “wings” on clips, decorating them with rhinestones and engravings to resemble butterflies. The most common hairstyle using these clips was combing the hair back from the face, separating hair into sections, then twisting the sections and securing them with a little butterfly. If you’re not a fan of clips, you can get the same effect with a butterfly headband.
The tattoo choker was the ultimate accessory during the ’90s. Made of thin plastic cords woven in a pattern, these necklaces hugged the throat to create the illusion of a “tattoo.” Their unique structure allowed them to stretch over wearers’ heads, then regain their shape once they were in place. Tattoo chokers came in many colours, even rainbow. Since they were so simple, they were adopted by various styles, from preppy to grunge.
Shell necklaces were another staple for trendy youth in the ’90s. Many boy band members sported puka shells for a surfer vibe. Threaded puka chips were another favourite, as they created a chunkier look.
Stylized crosses and crucifixes also made their mark in the ’90s. While some people wore them for their religious meaning, they also were popular with the goth crowd for purely aesthetic reasons, especially the ornate, Victorian designs.
Simple hoop earrings are a classic today, but they were even more popular in the ’90s. You could find pairs in a variety of metals:
- Yellow gold
- White gold
While small and medium hoops have stuck around, this decade was all about going big. These weighty earrings swung when people turned their heads, glittering under the right lighting.
Chandelier earrings were another trendy item. While these accessories dangled like hoops, that was where the similarities ended. As the name implies, chandelier earrings had many beads and gems that sparkled when wearers moved. They came in many sizes and as many designs as you can imagine.
Are you searching for the perfect vintage jewelry to go with your favourite outfit? If so, Colonial Acres Coins is the ideal place to look. We offer a wide selection of accessories, including ’90s classics. To learn more or see what’s available, visit us online or stop in at the shop in Kitchener.