While items of jewellery usually make for timeless fashion accessories, there have been some trends that remind us of certain times in the past. The 1990s were particularly awash with fashion trends that we can now look back on with misty-eyed nostalgia.
These accessories all looked great to us back in the days when we dropped quotes from Friends into every conversation. However, while some of them still look fantastic not all of them have stood the test of time as well, if we are being honest.
Just as most of us have managed to part with our flared jeans, grunge t-shirts and brightly coloured rave party gear so it is also time to get rid of some of these items, while cherishing the rest. How many of the following items are still lying around in jewellery boxes and drawers all over the planet?
Toe rings were as much a part of the 90s as Right Said Fred t-shirts and the ability to quote entire chunks of Mad About You. Drawing attention to your feet with one of these cool rings is as popular now as it was a few decades ago.
Was there a better feeling in life than putting on a classy snap bracelet before listening to Barbie Girl or (Everything I Do) I Do It For You on the radio yet again? They came in every colour you could possibly imagine and some that you probably couldn't too.
A name necklace that spelled out our names seemed like a really cool idea at the time, didn't it? Of course it did, even though we realised that our friends already knew our names and that we had no sensible reason for letting strangers know what we were called.
Once upon a time, women all over the world owned bewilderingly large collections of butterfly clips in all sorts of different styles. Even Buffy the Vampire Slayer used to wear them all the time while saving the world from demons, which inexplicably added to their coolness factor back in the day.
We all wanted to look like Madonna, Mariah Carey or any one of the guys out of Take That back in the 90s, certainly more than we do now. The use of stick-on earrings was just about the best way we managed to find of looking like a glamorous star without the discomfort of having our ears pierced for real.
The idea of mood rings has been around for a long time and they enjoyed a mini-revival in the 90s. The choice of colour you made was key to making these accessories great fun to wear rather than just a bit dull.
Puka Shell Necklaces
The easy way to look like a laid-back surfer or world traveller at the turn of the century was to slip on a puka shell necklace and try to look all mysterious. You donÃ¢â‚¬™t see them about so much these days but if you have one tucked away in a drawer then why not dust it down and settle down with a Wham Bar to relive the good old days.
Supporting worthwhile charities was the aim of the game with these bracelets but did they really have to choose such garish colours to do it? They never seemed to go well with any sort of outfit, even when we were coolly sipping a pina colada and bopping away to Ace of Base in the disco.
There once was a time when Swatch watches felt like a tantalising glimpse of the limitless possibilities offered by a technologically superior future. Sadly, that time only lasted for about a year and then we got distracted by other stuff and forgot all about these futuristic watches.
Of course, your best jewellery items are about special memories and sentimental value as well as their actual monetary value. That is why it is so important to choose the best pieces for wearing from now on at a great price.
You might not still have your old butterfly clips or puka shell necklaces, just as you have probably sadly lost your treasured Mr Blobby videos and collection of sassy Spice Girls. Replacing these items with classy new pieces of jewellery at the right price can be easier than you think.
Feel great about yourself by wearing lovely rings, necklaces and other pieces of jewellery that you love. As with some of the best 90s accessories we have looked at here, this is something that you definitely won't regret.