Jewelry History : the early 2000s

Jewelry History : the early 2000s

If there’s any single word that sums up the Y2K aesthetic, it’s playful. 

Popular jewelry was kitschy, blingy, chunky. Think lucite and colorful resins, rhinestone-everything, butterflies, hearts, personalized pastel plastic and charms, boho-chic, futuristic silver…

Scroll through for a look back at some popular looks during the early 2000s.

Paris Hilton in glitzy choker, rhinestone hair clips, and pink Tinker Bell box purse.

The quintessential Tiffany & Co. Heart tag necklace. As seen in the movie Legally Blonde (2001).

Dior Spring accesories RTW 2003.

Above Rhinestone Dior Statement earrings and cuff bracelet. 

 A Juicy Couture charm bracelet and hoop earrings.

Chanel Iman in crystal headband on the runway.

 S/S 2000 Roberto Cavalli Runway Rhinestone bodychain.

Chanel pink leather belt and a pink lucite necklace.

 Christian Lacroix Spring 2004, oversized rhinestone hoops and headband.


Betsy Johnson charm bracelet and hoop earrings, bangle bracelets Betsy Johnson runway Spring 2004.

Kimora Lee in a diamond Hello Kitty necklace.

More Hello Kitty jewels. 


Destiny's Child wearing oversized hoops, rhinestone belts, belly button piercing, and embellished low rise denim. 

 Belly button piercings. Britney Spears shot by David LaChapelle, 2002.

More belly button piercings. Paris Hilton and Nicole Ricco promo shot for show The Simple Life.

 Name plate and nickname necklaces. Carrie Bradshaw wearing nameplate necklace in Sex and the City.


Chandelier earrings as seen on Lil Kim at Betsy Johnson show (2005) and Mary Kate Olsen.

Overall, the Y2K era was characterized by a mix of playful, bold, and sometimes flashy jewelry styles that reflected the fashion trends of the early 2000s.

And with that, I'll leave you with a quintessential music video, Toxic, by Britney Spears (2003) that showcases some great examples of jewelry from early 2000s. Enjoy!


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