In the 1980s everything was large and bold, from hairstyles to shoulder pads. To match those bold fashion trends, jewelry was also large, bright, and distinctive. Unlike the tiny and discrete necklaces and pendants of previous decades, 80s jewelry saw the advent of large beaded necklaces, huge earrings, jelly bracelets, and big brooches.

One of the key features of the 80s was that people were exploring their individuality. Jewelry became more than just a fashion accessory; it was also a means of making a statement.

While the rich and famous were able to demonstrate their wealth by wearing large and stylish fine jewelry, for most other people costume jewelry was the jewelry of choice. This was largely due to cost. A large, heavy necklace made in gold would have been prohibitively expensive for many people. It was also, however, due to jewelry designers who were looking to push the boundaries of design and explore new and different materials.

From oversize hoop earrings to neon bracelets, there are many types and styles of jewelry that defined the fashions of the 80s.