Today we are shining a spotlight on one of our favourite jewellery trends of 2020, Old English Jewellery. This script style may remind you of olde worlde settings but this modern retake of this typeface is on-trend now. Read on to find out what the Old English jewellery trend is and where it came from. 

Old English Jewellery Trend

What is Old English Writing?

Old English writing, also known as Blackletter or Gothic script, was a script style used throughout Western Europe from around the 12th century until the 17th century. This text style was abandoned after printing presses became more prevalent as Blackletter was harder to read and more difficult to reproduce in the presses. This gave way to more modern forms of lettering for everyday use but the Old English type is still seen in other ways todayYou can see original examples of Old English lettering around the world in museums and collections. Some displays have pieces from the various centuries, showcasing how long this typeface was used for.

Where did the trend come from?

Old English lettering may be a thing of the past when it comes to everyday books and signage (unless you are in a medieval theme park) but it is still used widely in other ways. Some of the most famous logos for companies and brands utilise a type of Blackletter style. Some use it as it makes the brand appear established such as beer brand Corona and others because it gives the element of fantasy like the Walt Disney company. It’s also a common style for newspaper brands in both the US and UK, such as the New York Times and The Telegraph.

These trends have trickled down into more mainstream brands as well, with black lettering featured on album covers, clothing and even celebrities sporting Old English tattoos. It's no surprise that Old English jewellery has become one of the biggest trends in 2020 for statement pieces.

Old English Jewellery Trend - Newspaper Logos

How to wear the Old English Jewellery trend

When you think of Old English jewellery, you may think it is just for one type of look but it can be the signature piece for any kind of style. Adding an Old English necklace or bracelet can be an easy way to get that vibe.

Statement piece

Stay simple and classic and wear just your name in the Old English design with a classy outfit. A personalised Old English name plate necklace is the simplest way to get this look and will be a unique piece for your collection. Wear with a little black dress, block colour playsuit or something with a plunging neckline to place the focus on your necklace.

Old English Jewellery Trend - Statement Necklaces


If you want to add a bit more sparkle and interest to your outfit, look at laying an Old English Necklace with other necklace styles. We like the use of a chain or choker, layered with a medium Old English necklace and a longer length pendant. This combo would look great with a casual layered outfit such as a simple tank top and jacket in the Summer or over a plain sweatshirt in the Winter. 

Old English Jewellery Trend - Layered Chains and Necklaces

Subtle and Casual

Like the Old English style but prefer something more delicate? Why not opt for just an initial necklace. You can choose either a single or a double initial necklace and select it in a metal that suits your style. These types of pendant necklaces work with all outfits from casual to dressed up. Wear with a low cut top to show off your style or if you are covering your chest make sure the fabric is plain rather than patterned so your jewellery can really shine.

Old English Jewellery Trend - Double Initial Necklace

Choose your Old English Jewellery style

We absolutely love the Old English jewellery trend and we think it’s here to stay. Check out our collection of Old English jewellery all of which can be personalised for you. Whether you want your name, your initials, your zodiac sign or something completely unique, we are here to help. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch with the team at PRYA.


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