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19 dainty pieces of jewelry you’ll never want (or have) to take off—even at the gym

Photo: The Last Line

When building your accessories collection, investing in fine jewelry is smart—especially if you’re the type looking for pieces you can leave on in the shower, the ocean, or while you work out. And thanks to a trend toward tiny, delicate designs, myriad brands now offer options that won’t completely bankrupt you.

Start with something you can wear whether you’re lifting weights, running, or sweating it out in a hot yoga class such as small earrings. Modern huggies (AKA hoops worn close to your lobes) or classic studs are safe across the board. “If you’re just beginning to invest in fine jewelry, diamond huggies are perfect—you can wear them forever, and they’re a great foundation piece,” says Shelley Sanders, designer of The Last Line.

For a more dynamic look without adding in a new piercing, she says to “layer on some ear cuffs. I’ve done as many as four, and it looks very cool.”

“I’ve been noticing people wearing a range of different sized hoops on one ear. “— Alyssa Sutter, stylist and jewelry designer.

For the fashion-forward fitness junkie, consider a small hoop. “Hoops have been such a staple in the jewelry market, but I’ve been noticing people wearing a range of different sized hoops on one ear. I love the look of a bunch of hoop earrings from small to large,” says stylist and jewelry designer, Alyssa Sutter. “During my workouts, I leave on my Petit Moi Mini Hoops mainly because I never take them off, but they’re as harmless as leaving in your stud earrings.”

Lightweight necklaces and bracelets are A-okay at the gym, too. But rings are really dependent on your workout of choice. *Always* remove them while lifting weights, boxing, or for HIIT sessions—better to save the finger bling for places like the Pilates studio or barre class. “Rings can be easily scratched and may even be painful to wear if your fingers swell during exercising,” says Sutter. As for your wrists, Sanders advocates for tennis bracelets. “They’re a simple design but pack a major punch when layered.”

Below, find a selection of this season’s chicest earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and (some) rings that you can safely break a sweat in.

Jennie Kwon Green Sapphire Journey Stud, $270

Gemstones are having a big moment, but if you’re weary of color, this teensy stud is an easy foray.

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Maya Brenner 14K Gold Asymmetrical Letter Necklace, $240

A minimal way to rock your initial, this delicate chain is perfectly understated.

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Petit Moi Mini Hoop, $180

An itty-bitty hoop makes a statement against your activewear. These come in rose, yellow, and white gold.

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Porter Gulch Ansley Earring, $255

Fun fact: Rubies are associated with high energy and diamonds represent strength—what more could you ask for during a workout?

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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Diamond Hoop Bangle, $1,500

The rose gold setting and diamond solitaires give this classic bangle a modern twist.

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The Last Line Small Diamond Huggie Earring, $236

A barely-there diamond huggie is the perfect quiet statement or works well for layering.

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Lizzie Mandler Linked Bracelet, $320

Chain links are quickly gaining momentum—get ahead of the trend now and wear it on repeat through fall.

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Carbon & Hyde Split Huggies, $1,495

In a split V-shape, this is a bolder take on the close-to-the-lobe look.

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Kataoka Diamond Cluster Ring-Petite, $2,280

Dainty yet striking, this diamond cluster ring is safe to wear during workouts like yoga, Pilates, barre, or running.

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EF Collection Diamond Baguette Chain Double Stud Earring, $350

If you have multiple piercings, this modern style is an edgy add to your earring collection.

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By Chari 5 Diamond Bracelet, $420

Don’t let the delicacy of this piece fool you—diamonds are one of the strongest materials on earth. Channel the energy of the handful on this bracelet next time you find yourself in a seriously intense workout.

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Jemma Wynne Prive Fire Opal and Diamond Petite Stud, $470

Looking to add color to your ear party? A pairing of fire opal and diamond is stand-out.

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Vrai & Oro Baguette Diamond Necklace, $390

You’ll never want to take off this pared-back baguette diamond necklace—and you won’t have to during lowkey workouts yoga and Pilates, though, you probably should during a high-impact sweat session.

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Barbela Design Emerald And Diamond Duo Ring, $410

What is a ring stack without a bit of color? Emeralds are an elegant choice but be sure to remove it before lifting weights.

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Smith + Mara White Topaz Spiral Earring, $190

This spiral stud gives the illusion of multiple piercings.

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Lane + Lanae Rock Paper Scissors Wrist Chain, $980

A mix of round, baguette, and princess-cut diamonds add interest to a fine chain bracelet.

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Stella And Bow Mandy Ear Crawlers, $312

Ear crawlers are a modern must-have—this wee pavé pair goes with absolutely everything.

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Eriness Multi-Colored Interlocking Rings, $1,200

Embrace a rainbow wave with this interlocking ring in 14K gold.

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Hirotaka Bow Diamond Earring, $440

Upgrade from regular studs with this refined arc sprinkled with tiny inlaid diamonds.

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Dainty jewelry isn’t the only kind that’s trending. Mountain-inspired pieces are also having a moment, according to Etsy. And, of course, crystal-inlaid options are *always* in style.