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Jewelry Styles

When it comes to what jewelry style is best, it all depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and occasion.

Whether you’re looking for a classic chain necklace for everyday wear or a pair of special occasion earrings, Zales offers a wide range of jewelry styles featuring some of the most beautiful metals and gemstones on the market.

If you’re exploring what kind of jewelry makes the best gift or looking to treat yourself, understanding the history of the most popular styles can help you narrow down your options and choose a gift that suits your special someone.

Jewelry Styles: Rings


Found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, some of the earliest existing rings were signet or seal rings used to authenticate important documents. Historians also believe the Romans originated the concept of engagement rings as a symbol of a promise to marry. Rings are still an important tradition in a couple’s journey from engagement to marriage to celebrating anniversaries.

Available in any metal with designs ranging from sleek and classic to intricate and vintage-inspired, there are rings that fit a wide range of styles. Learn more about ring styles and how to find the right one for your needs.

Jewelry Styles: Necklaces


The earliest known necklaces date back to the Stone Age, and many believe they were the first type of jewelry worn by humans. From simple, everyday chains to meaningful lockets and pendants, there are countless different necklace styles to choose from. Even an unadorned chain can vary in length and type, so there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to choosing a necklace.

Take some time to learn more about necklace styles and choose the meaningful keepsake, statement-maker, or everyday piece you’re looking for.

Jewelry Styles: Bracelets


Bracelets date as far back as Ancient Egypt, and certain styles, like bangles and cuffs, still play a role in marriage ceremonies in cultures around the world. A simple chain bracelet is the most popular style and can be found in various chain types and metals such as gold and sterling silver. Add a few personalized charms, and you have a meaningful keepsake for collecting memories.

Learn more about bracelet styles and how to choose the right metal and chain type for your personal needs.

Jewelry Styles: Earrings


Ancient Sumerian women’s earrings from around 2500 B.C.E. are the earliest known example of earrings in the world, and they have been popular in Egyptian, Asian, and Greek cultures for almost as long. Over the years, earring trends have evolved to include classic staples like diamond studs and gold hoops, eye-catching styles like drops and chandeliers, modern crawlers, and more.

Earrings are popular among men and women and can be found in various metals with diamond or gemstone accents. As piercing culture has evolved, so have the options for how to wear earrings and other types of body jewelry. Learn more about earring styles and find a pair that fits your needs.

Jewelry with Meaning

Jewelry with Meaning

We’ve inherited the meaning of jewelry from centuries of history and tradition. From gemstones representing a birth month or a milestone anniversary to vintage pieces passed down through generations as a family heirloom, jewelry is a symbol of the past and a keepsake for the future.

When it comes to the best jewelry gifts, making sure you’re selecting the jewelry style that will hold the most meaning for the recipient is an important part of the process. Learn more about the significance behind different jewelry styles and find a piece that will be cherished for years to come.

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