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How to Style Dainty Jewelry in 2021

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Dainty jewelry is delicate in nature, but it’s leaving its mark in the fashion world. Find out how to style this trending, minimalist jewelry this year.

Fortune & Frame dainty jewelry including rings, a necklace, and a bracelet, on a green background.

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that carry the most meaning. This also pertains to the world of jewelry. It isn’t always the most flashy or huge pieces that make the biggest statement. Little pieces can carry even more meaning and still make a fashion statement. 

Dainty jewelry—sometimes also known as minimalist jewelry—can still carry great meaning, especially here at Fortune & Frame. Small pieces can tell your personal story, either by the messages tucked inside or by the conversations they strike up. You may still be asking yourself, what does dainty jewelry mean or what is minimalist jewelry? Well, lucky for you, you’re in the right place! This blog post is dedicated to all things dainty jewelry.

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There are no “rules” to wearing dainty jewelry. Mix and match or wear one piece on its own.

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What Is Dainty and Minimalist Jewelry?

Dainty jewelry is exactly what it sounds like: small pieces of delicate jewelry that are typically simple, elegant designs in gold or silver.

Minimalistic necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are the perfect way to add a little something to a formal outfit or a casual look. It just works no matter the occasion. The best part about dainty and minimalist jewelry is that it’s lightweight, even if it may feel like it's not. It caters to everyone, and may even appeal to those who don’t usually wear jewelry.

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These rings may be small in size, but they can still carry great meaning.

Types of Dainty Jewelry

Now that we have discussed what does dainty jewelry mean, it’s time to dive into what types of delicate and dainty jewelry there are. 

Dainty Jewelry has made a big mark in the world of fashion, despite its size. And just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s boring. There are plenty of styles it comes in, like hearts, stars, flowers, and more. Some even have gemstones or engravings on them. This is a personal touch and can make minimalistic jewelry meaningful to the wearer. What’s more? It allows the jewelry to stand out even if it isn’t a flashy piece. 

Minimalistic rings like our are some of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Items like our  Romantic Heart Charm Ring is such a small and delicate piece yet it can tell so much. Many of these rings have small gemstones, moons and stars, hearts, initials, and dates on them that add a bit of whimsy. Another perk: it is easy to mix and match dainty jewelry while still having a complete look.

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Huggie earrings (aka small hoops that literally hug your ears) are another type of dainty jewelry that you can’t go wrong with. This category in itself is filled with limitless options, including our Mini Fortune Cookie Huggie Earrings. You can even express yourself with dainty pieces like our Mismatched Mending Heart + Bandaid Earrings, which symbolizes the healing phase of a broken heart. 

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String Bracelets like our Fortune Cookie String Bracelet are another form of dainty jewelry that’s easy to wear and style. You can even get matching ones with your best friends and think of them every time you slip it on. 

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There are endless ways to style dainty jewelry—including layering necklaces.

How to Style Dainty Jewelry

Unlike bulky, chunky, or overly colorful pieces, dainty jewelry can be styled easily. Here are a few tips to nail the look. Since you can pair minimalistic jewelry with pretty much anything, feel free to get creative with personalizing your pieces. If you want a slightly more impactful look, you can stack them by layering necklaces, bracelets, and rings. 

Two or more necklaces can be worn at once, such as one with a short chain and once with a long chain. Multiple rings can be worn on different fingers—or even on the same finger! And earrings can be mixed and matched or worn across multiple piercings.

A second tip is to stay with the same color when stacking so it looks consistent. For instance, if you want to go with silver for one piece, keep the rest of the pieces silver. But this doesn’t mean that each piece of jewelry has to have the same design or style to it. There can be different engravings, shapes, or gemstones on each piece. 

Lastly, you don’t have to style dainty jewelry only with other dainty jewelry pieces. You can still wear chunkier pieces and then layer it with the minimalist jewelry. This way, you get the perfect balance! 

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You can express yourself without having to say a word when wearing a dainty piece like our engraved Mini Fortune Bracelet.

Why Dainty Jewelry is Meaningful

Dainty Jewelry is meaningful because it can tell your story. Jewelry allows you to express yourself in many different ways. When you have a meaningful message represented by a piece of jewelry, it doesn’t matter how big or small it physically is.

Our Mini Key of F Earrings is the perfect example of this. For some people it may mean unlocking their heart, while for others it may mean unlocking doors that are ahead of them. Regardless, it can hold great meaning to the wearer.

Our Engraved Bar Pendants are each etched with a short, positive saying. These dainty pieces can be layered with other pieces or worn alone—either way, it’s designed for those who value meaning and manifestation.

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Staying minimalistic with jewelry looks simple, yet it can really show your personality and style.

2021 has definitely been the rise of dainty jewelry. One of the biggest reasons we believe to have caused this shift is because minimalistic jewelry matches with any outfit. Whether you’re in a sweatsuit (the unofficial uniform of the work from home set) or a ball gown, you can count dainty jewelry as your go-to.

It’s large enough to stick out, but small enough where it doesn’t annoy you or get in the way of any other accessories or clothing pieces. Also, it is easy to find and doesn’t always have to be expensive.

Lastly, since dainty jewelry is stackable, you can personalize your collection to be unlike anyone else’s. Maybe you’ll pair a gold chain from your 16th birthday with the choker you recently found while vintage shopping. 

The dainty jewelry trend is here to stay and it’s changing the accessory world. Remember: no matter the size, dainty jewelry can hold meaningful stories. Don’t be afraid to share them!


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Allie Berloco

Allie Berloco is an intern at Fortune & Frame. She's a junior at Marist University in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she's double majoring in Media Studies, TV & Film Production and Communications, Journalism. Shown here in her official Harry Styles fangirl outfit after seeing him perform live on the Today Show in NYC.





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