10+ Must-Have Jewelry Pieces for Coachella

Coachella is in full swing–we’ve got two weekends of fun, sun and music’s top talent against a gorgeous California desert backdrop. If you know anything about Coachella, you know it’s also where music meets fashion. From short-shorts and vintage tanks to head-to-toe bohemian style and more, Coachella fashion is famous for flaunting skin and earthy jewelry.

Find the Perfect Coachella Jewelry

If you’re ramping up for Weekend 2, there’s still time to get your hands on the perfect Coachella jewelry. I went on a hunt for pure gold, polished precious stones and jewelry for Coachella, and stumbled on a jewelry shop that became a fast favorite: Esqueleto, with stores in Los Angeles and Oakland.

Esqueleto features designs from a range of talented jewelry designers, but the pieces that struck me the most were those designed by Melissa Joy Manning. I immediately thought this particular collection (photographed here) was the perfect jewelry for Coachella. Clearly inspired by nature, Manning’s jewelry is also the first of its kind to be green certified, meaning that Manning and her team use recycled metals, purchase fair trade materials and maintain environmentally friendly production processes whenever possible.

Manning’s namesake line launched 20 years ago after Manning completed studies in traditional silversmithing at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and European design principles at the University of Barcelona in Spain, having already established a foundation in jewelry design and sculpture at San Francisco State University. Manning’s jewelry combines traditional and contemporary elements, drawing inspiration from the art and culture she’s discovered during her world travels.

How to Style Your Coachella Jewelry

Whether you’re obsessed with music festivals and wouldn’t dream of missing out on Coachella–or you’re totally new to the festival scene–you’ll quickly realize that comfort is paramount. Given the high temps and dust, long walks, and enthusiastic crowds, I recommend packing jewelry for Coachella that’s high quality and low maintenance. I prefer to wear 14k gold jewelry because it’s often delicate, but resilient–even in the most extreme climates like you’ll find in the Coachella Valley.

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An enduring trend you might notice with jewelry for Coachella is that many women like to layer different pieces including necklaces of varying lengths and rings in all shapes and sizes as you can see in the photos here. I love how Manning’s Imperial Stick Topaz Bezel Wrapped Studs (pictured above, inquire for price) bring a raw, but sophisticated look that’s at once edgy and dainty–the perfect jewelry for Coachella.

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If you’re looking to create a boho-chic look, layered jewelry will complement any outfit–especially loose-fitting tanks and even layered fashion pieces including popular kimonos. The look above features two 14k gold necklaces. The shorter necklace is the MJM Freeform Boulder Opal Necklace. The longer necklace is Manning’s Triple Pendant Necklace featuring a bezel set opal, freeform American natural pearl and gem chrysocolla, with each pendant measuring approximately one inch. This jewelry is perfect for Coachella because the necklaces stack beautifully and together create a delicate, balanced look.

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Coachella Cuffs & Layered Rings

Authentic cuffs are also prevalent at Coachella, but the MJM Boulder Opal Cuff Bracelet in 14k yellow gold is truly unique and certain to attract compliments. Above, I’ve paired this piece with Manning’s delicate Chinese Freshwater Pearl Cuff Bracelet also in 14k yellow gold to create a feminine, layered look.

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Last but not least in my search for the perfect jewelry for Coachella were midi rings. Playful in design with a simple setting, Manning’s rings feature precious stones and even freshwater pearls. Here, from left to right: MJM Teardrop Boulder Opal Ring, MJM Faceted Turquoise Ring, and MJM Triangle Boulder Opal Ring–all in 14k yellow gold.

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Alright, three more rings made the cut as I compiled what I believe to be the best jewelry for Coachella. Pictured above from left to right: MJM Freeform Rutilated Quartz Ring, MJM Herkimer Diamond (a double-terminated quartz crystal) Bezel Wrapped Ring and MJM Yellow Stick Topaz Open Ring–all in 14k yellow gold.

Find the perfect jewelry for Coachella and much more at Esqueleto’s online shop and enjoy an unforgettable Coachella weekend (or two).

  • Denise Toledo
    Posted at 18:14h, 19 April Reply

    The jewels are beautiful! Creative and super delicate! I loved!

  • Thomas Pohl
    Posted at 10:52h, 12 July Reply

    Hi Debbie,

    you are running your own business,
    You have not changed much,
    since we’ve met last time.
    At the moment I live close to Frankfurt.

    Best wishes


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