Trend Alert! Puka Shell Accessories Are Having a Revival

by Sidney Burds

Trend Alert! Puka Shell Accessories Are Having a Revival

What’s old is new again, but unlike the necklace you wore in middle school, these puka shell accessories are a pleasant mix of sophistication and whimsy.


With temps rising and layers shedding, it’s time to show off some shiny new eye-catching accessories! One trend that’s been bubbling to the surface for a year now and has finally exploded in the fashion blogger community is puka shell accessories. We’ve already witnessed a number of 1990s and early 2000s trends from belt bags to tie-dye get a modern revival recently, so why not shell accessories?


Puka shells first became a fashion trend in Hawaii in the 1960s, and they truly hit the mainstream in the ’70s. Of course, fashion is cyclical, and so they came back in a big way in the 1990s with the now-infamous puka shell necklace. This time around, things are different again.


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Rather than looking like a gift shop keepsake from a tropical vacation, these shells are given a sophisticated edge. Gold-tone hardware, drop earrings, and layered bracelets are making shell jewelry look chic even hundreds of miles from the ocean. What began as statement necklaces and dainty earrings on the Altuzarra and Anna Sui runways, puka shell accessories have officially blown-up on our Instagram feeds.




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The wearability of this trend is so easy. Puka shells come in natural, neutral colors, so simply swap your everyday basic pieces out for these stylish shell ones. They will elevate your outfit, work perfect for summer, and go with everything.


Ready to take the plunge? Scroll down at the perfect puka shell accessories that you can wear with your work, lounge, or date night wardrobes.


Woman wearing puka shell charmed hoop earrings


Hoop earrings are a staple, hoop shell earrings are trendy chic.


Buy It! BaubleBar Sardinia Hoop Earrings, $38


Madewell puka shell pendant necklace


Layer this piece with the rest of your necklaces.


Buy It! Madewell Shell Charm Layer Necklace, $34


Woman wearing a stack of charm bracelets including a puka shell bracelet


You can wear this shell bracelet alone, but the more the merrier.


Buy It! BaubleBar Mallorca Seashell Bracelet, $44


Anton Heunis puka shell and crystal earrings


Whether you’re the bride to be or the guest in the audience these earrings are made for both.


Buy It! Anton Heunis Omega Clasp Cluster Shell Earrings, $126


Puka shell charm ankle bracelet


Why let your upper body have all the fun?

Buy It! Av Max Shell Charm Anklet, $54