August 18, 2022

throwback thursday: how to create a modern take on the jewelry trends of past decades

draw inspiration from the iconic looks that have made history

you may have heard of the 20-year rule: the time it takes for trends to cycle through the ages and then resurface in modern, refreshing iterations.

we’re big believers in following your unique impulse and instinct in creating the looks that mean the most to you, and we intentionally design our jewelry to become instant heirlooms that will last a lifetime— a “buy better, wear forever” approach that challenges fast fashion.

we’re sharing some of our jewelry-styling tips to bring the best of the past into your present.

the 1980s: more is more

the 80s saw a rise in bold and bright jewelry: think geometric earrings, big hoops, moon and star mismatched earrings, mixed metals, and deep blue sapphire engagement rings in the wake of princess diana’s engagement in 1981.

statement gold earring stacks, the bluboho way

make a statement with angular statement pieces that will never go out of style, such as our infinity suspenders, illumination studs, and align studs

go big with our highly-coveted revival hoops and restoration hoops for a versatile statement piece.

take your look to the next level with sleek moon and star mismatched earrings such as our crescent moon stud, guidance star studs and threaders (pro tip: our guidance star threaders and crescent moon threaders can be worn multiple ways, alone and paired with an anchoring stud!).

deep blue sapphire engagement rings, the bluboho way

it’s no secret that the ‘people’s princess’ changed the game when it comes to engagement rings, diverging from the well-loved diamond ring towards the dreamy and vibrant shades of blue that can be found exclusively in sapphires. 

while our unwritten no.6 one-of-a-kind artist cut sapphire ring (which has recently found its forever home!) might have been the closest in appearance to this iconic heirloom, we also have a variety of majestic one-of-a-kind blue sapphire engagement rings that channel the regal energy of princess diana in our own unique style. 

make a statement with our one-of-a-kind estella ring, modernizing the 80s trend with a unique setting of its blue, boho inspired ethically sourced pear montana sapphire.

our new artist cut unwritten no.8 offers a fresh take on the classic blue sapphire engagement ring with an ethically sourced pear diamond at the peak of the ring’s timeless half halo.

new release alert! the twilight blu offers an airy, timeless setting with diamond clusters on either side of the ethically sourced oval montana sapphire— a classic-yet-original interpretation of the 80s trend.

the 1990s 

the 90s ushered in an era of chokers, minimalist hoops,  diamond studs, matching sets, and, inspired by jlo, large pink stone engagement rings. 

chic chokers, the bluboho way:

elevate this 90s staple by upgrading to a timeless solid recycled gold choker: go for our revival herringbone choker for a sleek and slinky look, or add some sparkle and texture with our pirouette choker.

dainty and daring diamonds, the bluboho way: whether you’re an avid minimalist or aiming for a more opulent look, we’ve got a diamond for that— and they’ll never go out of style. mix and match our dainty darlings such as the nova stud earring, stardust stud earring, and shine on hoops with some daring divas like the supernova stud earring, cosmic dust stud earring, and moonglade hoops.

matching sets for instant elegance, the bluboho way: matching sets are a staple 90s style, giving each look a put-together, cohesive, and unified appearance— a statement in itself! these pieces can also be worn separately or combined with other pieces for added versatility.

shop our matching sets, such as our infinite inseparable necklace, bracelet, and earrings, or our fan-favourite love lineage earrings and necklace stack.

90s jlo-inspired engagement rings, the bluboho way

channel jlo’s iconic pink diamond engagement ring with an equally romantic rouge pink artist cut sapphire like our uniquely you ring, or our stunning mon coeur ring, endlessly elegant with an ethically sourced solitaire oval morganite set into blush pink rose gold.

the 2000s 

more than low-waisted jeans (which we are happy to see resurfacing this year), the early 2000s embraced many memorable jewelry trends we are still loving today. from delicate dangling earrings and personalized pendants to statement bracelets bursting with colour, take a look at how we’re channelling the 2000s in 2022.

chandeliers for your ears, the bluboho way

moving away from the dainty diamond studs of the 90s, this decade inspired long, skinny scarves and lengthy dangling earrings to match. our endless ocean chandelier earrings are a modern way to recreate this trend, taking your look from simple to statement!

leave your mark, the bluboho way

the 2000s saw an appreciation for branding of all kinds— including the personal brand! personalized accessories were all the rage as a personal touch to add to your look.

our imprint necklace and namesake ring honour the trend of personalized jewelry— a modern, refined way to allow you to make your mark and share your story!

bold bracelets, the bluboho way

statement bracelets were one of this era’s favourite adornments, and for good reason! take your everyday style to the next level with a modern, elevated take on the beaded bracelet with our hand-strung gemstone bead cord bracelets! each bracelet has an intentionally curated variety of gemstones that each have a distinct meaning— read more about them here.

(ps: these bracelets are a summertime exclusive, so make sure to pick yours up before sundown!)


we’d love to see how you’re styling your timeless pieces to channel your favourite eras gone by. tag us in your posts with #youinblu to show us your stacks, and for a chance to be featured! 

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Written By Quinn McKerrow
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