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Ever since the first heat wave, we’ve been all about ponytails, linen pants and SPF 50. It may not seem like a time for heavy jewels, but we’ve found a few festive styles that make us feel like we’re on vacation—even if we’re stuck in the office. Here are the seven biggest trends on the jewelry scene this summer. 

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Geometric Metal Earrings

Oversized, shiny and surprisingly lightweight: Giant silver or gold balls, connected by bars, add a touch of drama to an otherwise tame ensemble.

Get the look: Brooks Brothers ($59); Tiffany & Co. ($300); J.W. Anderson ($440)

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Tiered Tassel Earrings

Last season’s beaded danglers have made way for lighter, more feathery earrings. Ombré fabric tassels are a swingy little way to boost your mood—the more shoulder-dusting, the better.

Get the look: BaubleBar ($38); MISA ($96); Oscar de la Renta ($450)

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Super-Fine Chokers

We saw the '90s gain serious traction last year with the choker trend, but anyone else sick of seeing dog-collar-like necklaces everywhere you look? This season, we're taking a ladylike approach by layering thin metal chains and teeny tiny pendants.

Get the look: Chan Luu ($90); Jennifer Zeuner ($176); Zoe Chicco ($780)

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Hardware-Inspired Bracelets

Don’t get us wrong: We love summer’s bright hues and feminine florals as much as the next gal, but they can be a bit much when paired with even girlier baubles. Give balance those looks with tough bangles that look like bent nails or wrenches. It gives you an unexpected edge.

Get the look: Kiss the Sky ($45); Mateo ($625); Cartier ($6,800)

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Bold-Faced Watches

It seems like watch trends really do come full circle (heh, get it?), because just a couple years ago we had sworn off chunky watches for thin, delicate bands. And now we're falling back in love with bold timepieces—just now as a bit of a hybrid. Look for eye-catching faces and large numerals but with sleek bands in leather or fine metal braiding.

Get the look: MVMT ($115); Rosefield ($119); Michael Kors ($250)

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Mismatched Rings

Dainty bands have long been our obsession (delicate stacking, FTW). But instead of coordinating all your tiny gold ones, branch out a bit for a more laid-back approach. Thick, thin, silver, gold, beaded, monogrammed: an eclectic mix feels both playful and sincere. 

Get the look: Madewell ($28); Bing Bang NYC ($78); Catbird ($800)

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Layered Pendants

Same goes for your thin chains and metal collars. We love the contrast of different lengths, shapes and signets falling all over each other, especially when paired with a V-neck tee or plunging neckline.

Get the look: Shashi ($46); Kendra Scott ($75); Jacquie Aiche ($231)

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