Happy Monday! If you’re dragging this morning, there are two things that are guaranteed to perk up the start of the week: a Venti coffee (of course) and a new piece of jewelry at a wallet-friendly price point. I’m into bold conversation-starting pieces lately. (How amazing is that pin?! It looks even better when paired with this pout.) Here are nine of my favorite gems that all come in at under $75.
1. Kate Spade Second Nature Short Necklace, $38.40 (on sale) | 2. Marc Jacobs Champagne Brooch, $25 | 3. Nordstrom Signet Ring, $14 | 4. Shashi Ball Drop Earrings, $50 | 5. Elizabeth and James Torrens Pinky Ring, $38 (on sale) | 6. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Necklace, $45 (on sale and just one left) | 7. Gorjana Chloe Mini Stud Earrings, $32 | 8. Shashi Sidney Earrings, $50 | 9. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Cuff, $33.75 (on sale and just one left) | 10. Rebecca Minkoff Triple Tier Chandelier Earrings, $48 | 11. BIKO Dot Ring, $32 | 12. Madewell Winking Hinge Cuff, $32
These and more baubles under $55 below!
I started “Baubles on a Budget” because there are so many pieces of inexpensive jewelry that, well, look cheap. But that’s not always the case. It takes a fair amount of time to sift through pieces online to find costume jewelry that looks more expensive than it actually is. I know that setting the cap at $75 might even be too expensive for many budgets, especially if you’re not as heart-eyed for jewelry as I am, so I’ll always try to include a range of price points in this monthly roundup. You’ll also notice that I typically stay away from jewelry that’s overly trendy. Those pieces are unlikely to get much love after one season and I believe that anything you buy — budget or not — should be something you’ll want to wear for more than one season. With that in mind, here are the wallet-friendly gems to add to your collection this month:
1. J.Crew Beaded Tassel Earrings, $65* | 2. Lele Sadoughi Solstice Earrings, $55 (on sale!) | 3. Elizabeth and James Bea Ring, $49 (on sale!) | 4. Serefina Fringe Drape Earrings, $66* | 5. Madewell Beaded Charm Necklace, $38 | 6. Bauble Bar Vida Crispin Drops, $34 | 7. Tuckernuck Petite Mixed Lantern Earrings, $48 | 8. Jenny Bird Ariel Earrings, $65* | 9. Rebecca Minkoff Palm Tassel Hoop Earrings, $68 | 10. Meg Carter Pearl Blossom Stud Earrings, $65 | 11. Noir Jewelry Linear Drop Earrings, $56
*My top three!
Canada-based designer Jenny Bird is one of my favorite jewelers right now. Her sleek, modern aesthetic seamlessly mixes gold and silver to create eye-catching statement pieces. And if you’re not already familiar with the brand, you’ll be shocked by how affordable her pieces are. Take this necklace for example. That kind of attention to detail and quality in such a large piece is unheard of at $145 at most retailers. Jenny sums it up best:
I founded my line as an extension of myself; rooted in an innate desire to build something. I am a self-taught designer, and, as it turns out, it’s the most intuitive, effortless process that I have ever known. I am committed to a personal philosophy: the market does not need more soulless, short-lived fashion jewelry, nor does it need over-priced plated pieces. Each piece I design is deeply inspired and well thought-out; produced in the highest quality, and sold at a fair price.
Not only does her approach to creating beautiful, accessible pieces earn my respect, it earns my total fangirl approach to her brand. My collection includes these major statement earrings, this pair that has incredible movement, and this minimal choker. Up next? I’ve got my eye on this pair of oversize studs in oxidized brass. Don’t they just look like the perfect accent piece for summer’s bohemian-inspired dresses?