The '90s was known for a lot of fashion trends, but arguably some of its most memorable pieces were accessories and jewelry. From oversized studs, to scarves as chokers, and a little necklace known as the Heart of the Ocean, let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
1. Crystal Headbands
Glitzy bling was almost as big for your hair as square toes were for shoes in the '90s. Here, the Dixie Chicks rock the style.
2. Corsage-Esque Bangles
Honestly, the bigger the flower detail, the better back in the '90s, as Drew Barrymore demonstrates with her huge floral bracelet.
3. Scarfs as Chokers
Wearing your scarf backwards so it looked like some kind of caped choker was all. the. rage. back when '90s fashions ruled the red carpets. Here, Halle Berry pairs her lavender gown with such a style at a red carpet event.
4. Heart-Shaped Collar Necklaces
Remember those Tiffany's heart necklaces that fastened with a circle-and-bar thingy? Courtney Cox showed off a similar version of that style while on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
5. Tattoo Chokers
Pretty much every girl in your middle school class rocked one of these almost as fiercely as Reese Witherspoon, here.
6. Forehead Headbands
Why where a headband on *top* of your head when you can wear it across your forehead—a question many ladies, including Drew Barrymore, asked around this time.
7. Gothic Crosses
Gothic pieces had a huge renaissance during the '90s, as Jen Aniston demonstrates right here.
8. Matchy-Matchy Earrings
Accessorizing back in the day meant coordinating to a T, so if your earrings had a color, they better match your dress. Shout out to the choker scarf here, too, on Elle MacPherson.
9. THE HEART OF THE FREAKING OCEAN, MY FRIENDS
Y'all don't need me to tell you why this particular piece of jewelry was so popular back in the day. Instead, let's all just bow down to the original jewel of our collective fashion hearts, Celine Dion.
10. Glitzy Layers
Got some necklaces? Layer 'em all on top of each other, the more sparkly, the better.
11. Very Subtle Pearl Chokers
Remember that time in the '90s when everyone was basically dressing and styling their hair as if they were in a Jane Austen movie? These pearls were part of that craze and Katie Holmes doing it makes me think this should happen again?!
12. Dramatic Drop Earrings
Lara Flynn Boyle showed off the very classic trend—made even flashier in the '90s—of dramatic drop earrings on the red carpet.
13. Cocktail Rings
Have a formal event to go to in the '90s? Better put on your flashiest rings. Julia Louis Dreyfus demonstrates.
14. Huge, Ornate Princess Di-Level Studs
During this time, obviously statement accessories were all the rage, but in particular people loved oversized studs—take a look at Christine Baranski showing some off here! Princess Diana wore these types of jewels all the time.
15. Safety Pins, Everywhere
Punk-light was a major deal during this time period and nothing read more edgy than safety pin embellishments, seen here all over the Dixie Chicks, who wore it as belts, necklaces, and details on all of their clothing.
16. Lace Chokers
Any and all chokers were hot in the '90s, but lace chokers really went with that gothic resurgence vibe.
17. Dainty Chains Over Turtlenecks
Lots of stylists today would say that necklaces should only go on skin, but back in the '90s it was very popular to pair them with turtlenecks, as Jane Seymore shows us here.
18. Subtle Drop Earrings
It wasn't all about the drama—more subtle earrings also had a moment—just take a peek at Julia Roberts in these cascading minimalist drop earrings.
19. Pointed Collar Necklaces
These types of pointed necklaces had a major moment in the '90s, and sapphires in particular were a popular stone, as Salma Hayek illustrates here.
20. Climbing Arm Bands
Look at the crystals on this spiral arm band! Nicole Kidman shows off this '90s trend while attending a premiere with then-husband Tom Cruise.
21. Chain Belts
The more statement-making, the better, as far as belts were concerned back in the day. Here, Halle Berry rocks a silver chain one over an all-black 'fit.
22. Simple Studs
In the '90s, nothing was more classic, than a pair of diamond stud earrings, shown here on Natalie Portman. The same is still true today, of course.
23. Leather Cuffs
Leather cuffs were a big deal in the '90s, particularly if they were embossed with some kind of western design.
24. Leopard-Print Everything
Yep, animal print was just as popular then as it is now, perhaps even MORE considering there were also chokers and bracelets made of the stuff.
25. Sequined Pasties
Not technically "jewelry" but couldn't resist putting Li'l Kim's sparkly accessory in this gallery, so here you go!
26. Narrow Bracelets
Subtle bracelets went well with minimalist styles favored by some celebs, like Keri Russel, in the '90s.
27. Tear Drop Dangly Earrings
Somewhere in between the oversized stud trend and the subtle drop earrings came the tear-drop diamond earring trend. Christina Applegate wears the trend here.
28. Sparkly Chokers With Matching Studs
Remember when I said earlier that matching was huge in the '90s, especially when it comes to jewelry? Well matching jewelry sets that included studs and chokers were def part of that craze. Here, Calista Flockhart shows off one style.
29. Statement Collar Necklaces
These very dramatic, yet also somehow delicate styles were everywhere on the red carpet—see Lisa Kidrow killing it in one here.
30. Sparkly Neck-Sized Chokers
These have come back in style in recent years as well, but Melissa Rivers showed off the look back in the '90s.
31. Spikey Chokers
Nothing beat being ~edgey~ in the '90s. Case in point, this spikey choker worn by Sadie Frost.
32. Bolo-Tie-Esque Necklaces
Bolo ties didn't know what to do with their new-found notoriety in the '90s.
33. Royal Family-Worthy Necklaces
Couldn't you see this necklace on Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton today?
34. Stacked Narrow Bracelets
Stack them alllllll the way up the arm, if you can!
35. Cross Necklaces
I'm telling you right now, as I was going through pics of people in the '90s and analyzing their jewelry, pretty much every other pic was of a cross necklace. I chose this one because Whitney Houston is an icon.
36. Subtle Chains on Simple Tees
In the '90s, you could dress up your cropped T-shirt with a simple added sparkle, as Elizabeth Hurley shows us here. PS, Hi, Hugh Grant!
37. Huge Bangles
Sarah Michelle Gellar loved a bangle, and so did everyone else of the decade!
38. High Pendant Necklaces
Many of us love a long necklace with a pendant, but in the '90s a pendant that hit right beneath your collar bones was king, as Mary Steenburgen models here.
39. Fabric Chokers
If you weren't wearing a lace choker, you were def wearing one with another fabric, like Mayim Bialik.
40. Chokers With Big-Ass Flowers on Them
The large flower strikes again, this time in choker form.
41. Silver Watches
Watches were everywhere in the '90s, and silver ones like this one worn by Daisy Fuentes were staples.
42. Butterfly Brooches
Butterflies were a huge deal back then—remember the clips?—but butterfly ~brooches~ were even bigger. Take a look at Liv Tyler rocking one here.
43. Rectangle-Face Watches
Rectangular-faced watches, particularly with skinny leather straps, were also very hot.
44. Looped Pearl Necklaces
Looped pearl necklaces were a nice way to make a classy statement with an otherwise low-key outfit. Thanks for the reminder, Gwyneth.
45. Layered Statement Necklaces
Nothing better than a choker and a collar necklace in one.
46. Statement Chain Necklaces
Huge gold chains made for dramatic flair against an all-white look.
47. Huge Chandelier Earrings
So did large chandelier earrings, though.
48. Beaded Necklaces
If you didn't own a beaded necklace like this one, who even were you?
49. Rolex-Type Watches
Rolex watches were the pinnacle time-keeping accessory of the day, so many stars sported the style, including Kyle and Kim Richards.
50. Hair Jewels
Jewels you could twist, or stick onto your hair, or wear as headbands were another way to dress up an outfit back in the '90s.