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The bold & the beautiful : How to wear & style chunky jewellery

From large link necklaces to bold and beautiful cuffs, you might have noticed that chunky jewellery is having a bit of a moment. Whether you're new to the chunky jewellery trend or a seasoned fashionista looking for fresh inspiration, this blog post is your ultimate guide to styling these head turning designs.

Sure, chunky jewellery is about making a statement, but by choosing just one or two pieces to focus on you can create a bold, but pared back look which exudes a quiet confidence. So join me to explore the versatility of chunky jewellery and let’s see if I can make you a convert!

Above: Chunky Charm Necklaces in gold & silver by Elin Horgan Jewellery

What to wear with chunky necklaces

There’s a definite trend towards big bold necklaces right now, but chunky jewellery doesn’t have to be oversized to make an impact. If you fancy something really wearable, but with a nod to the chunky jewellery aesthetic then why not try the Gold Chunky Charm Necklace which also comes in a softly polished recycled silver version?

These carefully handcrafted necklaces feature five softly faceted hand carved geometric charms which catch the light beautifully. The charms are detachable so that they can be moved around the chain whilst also leaving space for you to incorporate some of your own additional charms should you so wish. This sort of minimalist chunky necklace looks beautiful against bare skin so I’d suggest styling with a textured or ribbed vest in a neutral tone.

If you’re a bigger is better sort of a person then you might prefer the Mulberry Softie Chunky Necklace with a series of graduated long links in gold plated brass. I think this would look amazing set against a simple round neck white t-shirt.

Above: Silver Chunky Charm Bracelet by Elin Horgan Jewellery

How to style chunky bracelets

Chunky bracelets are a fashion statement all of their own and add a pop of personality to even the most sober outfit. More is more here so I’d suggest piling on a wristful of chunky designs for maximum impact. You could combine materials and textures, silver and gold chunky bracelets would look amazing with some bold pearls or coloured glass or wooden beads…

For a modern take on the traditional charm bracelet take a look at the Silver Chunky Charm Bracelet which also comes in 23.7ct gold plated recycled silver. This is the sort of timeless style that will serve you well for years to come, it really does go with everything.I reckon it would look great worn alongside this Natural Baroque Pearl Bracelet available from Wolf & Badger.

Again, keep the outfit simple so that it doesn’t fight for attention with your jewellery. How about a sharp tailored slightly oversized blazer with the sleeves slightly rolled to show off your arm candy?

Above: Silver & Gold Faceted Bands, Gold Diamond Shaped Signet Ring and Silver Bubble Statement Ring, all by Elin Horgan Jewellery

Styling chunky rings

There’s two ways to go with chunky rings. Either keep it simple and keep the focus on just one big bold and beautiful ring design like the Gold Bubble Statement Ring or pile ‘em high and go fully maximalist.

Maximalistas can experiment with combining different metals and might even try multiple rings on one finger. The Silver Faceted Ring Band and Gold Faceted Ring Band are the perfect for this as they stack really well together.

Styling wise, I’d suggest a top or dress with full length sleeves and pleats or ruffles at the wrist to draw the eye down towards the hand and fully showcase your ring collection!

How to wear chunky earrings

The key to wearing chunky earrings is to look for styles that have lots of volume, but without too much weight so that they’re comfortable to wear. My absolutely favourites at the moment are the Gold Venus Statement Earrings which were inspired by the shapes found in classical architecture. There's a silver version too which are equally bold and beautiful.

The front of these chunky gold statement earrings has a slightly textured surface which has been finished with a brushed matte effect. They’re absolutely crying out to be styled with a vintage little black dress and are such an eye catching design that I’d keep the rest of your jewellery to a minimum and let your earrings do the talking.

For a more practical daytime jewellery look you might prefer the Silver Large Nova Hoop Earrings which are super light and easy to wear and also feature a detachable charm so that you can wear them as a plain hoop if you prefer. The are also available in gold plated silver.

So, whether it’s chunky necklaces, bracelets, rings or earrings that are your bag (or all four!) I hope this blog has given you some different ideas for way that you can play around with a chunky jewellery aesthetic. Bold and stylish, it’s a super versatile look that can work for day or evening alike.

Elin Horgan designs and creates handmade jewellery in her Bristol studio. Elin’s beautifully simple handmade jewellery is carefully crafted and designed to be worn every day. You can read more about Elin’s work and the ethos behind her understated jewellery brand on her About Elin Horgan Jewellery page.

If you’d like to enquire about a specific product or discuss a custom piece of jewellery, please have a look at the Bespoke Handmade Jewellery page or email


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