Why acrylic jewellery is set to be next big accessory trend

You know what they say – life in plastic is fantastic. Not just for hard-wearing, long-tipped nails or cool home accents, acrylic jewellery has emerged as one of the key accessory trends for 2018 – and it couldn’t be simpler to add in to your day-to-day look.

Recent research by Etsy’s resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson has shown that the appetite for acrylic on the online marketplace is heating up. On-site searches have increased 16% so far this year, while search results for ‘acrylic jewellery’ have yielded hundreds of thousands of results.

Not only an up-and-coming player in the realms of weddings and home decor, where the use of sheer acrylic in wedding invitations and table decorations have made it a must-watch wedding trend in 2018, acrylic is poised for crossover success in the world of accessories this season too.

‘With more than 108,000 results for “acrylic jewellery” on Etsy, ranging from oversized earrings to necklaces, sellers are beyond ready to meet the growing demand,’ explains Dayna.

And it’s not just about the traditional take on acrylic jewellery, where the laser-cut shapes are bold and bright and come in every shape possible from glittery stegosauruses to sewing machines and even hamburgers. This year, however, we’re said to be after something a little bit simpler.

‘Shoppers are already embracing the clear concept, which offers colour-averse jewellery lovers a fresh new neutral,’ says Dayna. Think clear earrings with a fresh ombre finish or statement necklaces accented in copper and dangling with see-through charms – easy ways adding a hip edge to your big summer event dressing.

3 trend-led acrylic jewellery pieces to invest in now


Starry Night Necklace, £25, RhianKateMakes at Etsy


Ombre Blue and Clear Rounded Dangle Stud Earrings, £15, Abbie Gaiger at Etsy


Statement Acrylic Necklace in clear acrylic and brass, £27.52, JillMakes at Etsy

Feature by Miranda Thompson