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17 Chunky Gold Jewels That Prove Not All '80s Trends Were Bad

From chain bracelets to signet rings.
A look from the Versace Fall 2019 collection. Photo: Imaxtree 

A look from the Versace Fall 2019 collection. Photo: Imaxtree 

To put it simply, there was a lot going on in the '80s when it came to style. From the hairspray and mullets to the lace gloves and parachute pants, more was decidedly more, for better or worse. And while some of its most ubiquitous trends are better left in the past, there has been a steady wave of trends stemming from the decade in the last few years — scrunchies! Puffy shoulders! — that prove not all '80s fashion was bad. The most recent to make the case? Big, chunky, borderline-gaudy gold jewelry.

Following popular gold jewelry trends of late, like layering delicate chains, nameplates and stacked rings, today's chunky, bold pieces play up texture and proportion in a way that nods to the past and feels excitingly current at the same time. Thankfully not as heavy as they appear, the best part about the necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets that fall within this clunky look is that they have the ability to turn an otherwise simple outfit into one that appears only to be intentionally understated, so as to balance out the big, shiny gold.

Whether you lean minimal or want to lean all the way into maximal, there's surely enough big, bold, '80s-inspired pieces out there right now to satisfy you. Ahead, we've pulled together 17 to get you started, from Mejuri to Versace.

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