Beaded Jewelry Isn’t Just a Summer-Camp DIY Anymore

Odds are if you attended summer camp as a kid, you spent some time at

Odds are if you attended summer camp as a kid, you spent some time at the craft table stringing together beaded bracelets or necklaces to swap with your friends and bring home as a souvenir. But, while canoeing and capture the flag may be officially things of the past, playful beaded jewelry is just as fun in adult life as it is in childhood. While there are plenty of colorful, quirky options reminiscent of what you may have DIY’d decades ago, chunky strands of pearls and precious stones also offer a more luxurious take on the trend. Even minimalists can find a beaded style befitting their aesthetic via all-gold iterations or simple strands of citrine or turquoise. 

Fittingly, there’s no better season than summer to show off this youthful jewelry trend—and not just because it’s when school’s out of session. Bold seasonal trends like colorful matching sets and crochet bags align with the lighthearted attitude of the necklaces, earrings, and even anklets ahead. Style with denim cutoffs and a vintage tee for a cool ensemble, or add a touch of fun to a formal dress with a pop of color. Shop 24 stylish options for leaning into the beaded-jewelry trend, no crafting required.

The Beaded Necklace

To give beaded jewelry a more sophisticated twist, it’s all about the styling. Try pairing these fun necklaces with a sleek black slip dress for an evening out. Susan Alexandra’s Happy Hour necklace is especially well suited to a post-work spritz. 

Susan Alexandra Happy Hour necklace

Martha Calvo Feeling Tropical beaded necklace

Gorjana Parker gem necklace

Éliou Lina beaded necklace

Mateo malachite and gold beaded necklace

Lanvin multicolor enamel bead necklace

The Beaded Earring

Swap out your usual studs or metal hoops for something a bit more playful. These colorful beaded options are ideal for styling with a floaty white top. Pull your hair back to show them off.

Completedworks the Remains of a Dream earrings

Isabel Marant gold and multicolor bead earrings

Timeless Pearly Carnaval earrings

Roxanne Assoulin nautical stripes beaded hoop earrings

Tory Burch Roxanne fluted bead hoop earrings

Madewell Evil Eye pearl earrings

The Beaded Bracelet

Honor your friendship-bracelet roots with an upgraded iteration of the classic. Of-the-moment labels like Bea Bongiasca are creating designs that have a youthful bent but still feel so sophisticated.

Jules Smith Flowerchild beaded bracelet

Bea Bongiasca beaded bracelet

Carolina Bucci Forte multi-stone beaded bracelet

Sydney Evan Groovy Eye cord bracelet

Tohum beaded glass bracelet

Jia Jia Atlas gold citrine bracelet

The Beaded Anklet

Anklets are an underrated jewelry option, but no longer. Dress up a favorite pair of sandals with a colorful beaded style. 

Sporty and Rich bead and pearl anklet

Musa by Bobbie Evil Eye diamond and gold anklet

Missoma Good Vibes anklet