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Take a good look at the minimalist, indie-boutique side of Instagram and you’ll notice something: an abundance of delicate gold pendants. No, they’re not those dowdy necklaces anyone can find at their nearest big-box discount store. Instead, they’re meant to be worn as a fresh glimmer of gold to brighten up a classic no-frills white T-shirt or deep cleavage-baring blouse. Since I bought one at the beginning of the summer, it’s been a critical part of my daily uniform. And similarly, Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid seem to wear theirs all the time. When paired with gold hoops, it’s simple enough that it won’t clash with whatever I pull out of my closet, but still flashy enough to give anything I wear a kick. Luckily, you don’t have to splurge on fine jewelry to get the same look — scroll below to shop some of our favorites under $100.
A Necklace That Simplifies Layering
You’d think nailing the layered-necklace trick was only a matter of putting on two different chains, but getting it to look right is way more methodical. To make it easier on myself I’ve resorted to these packs that already get the length and pendant size perfect so they don’t awkwardly tangle when worn together.
The One That Always Sells Out
The Unconventional Pendant
The Super-Minimalist One
The Instagram Favorite
Laura Lombardi’s line of simple yet elegant metal jewelry is a favorite among the minimalist Instagram community and for good reason. The small brand has already amassed a cult following for its Sade-inspired gold hoops, but Lombardi’s delicate pendants are also worth an extra peek.
An Artisan Pendant for the Moon Juice Lover
A Locket That Feels Modern
The Vintage-Looking One
The New Brand to Know
If You Love a Touch of Whimsy
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