The very first thing I bought with my own money was a cheap necklace from a mall chain store. It made me the happiest 12-year-old ever, but broke soon after. I’ve perused the bargain jewelry racks at all the great fast fashion stores, and I find that beautiful jewelry under $50 is my best bet. As an adult, I still love that bargain, but I want my jewelry to last, so I’m always looking for affordable sophisticated jewelry.
At 13, spending $50 on jewelry would’ve shocked me, but now I know the value of good jewelry that lasts. I always look for jewelry for cheap in the form of gold or silver plated jewelry pieces found online that won’t tarnish with wear, or earrings that are nickel-free and won’t irritate my skin. Before, I would’ve wanted the biggest faux-diamond cocktail ring I could find, but now I prefer a dainty stacking midi ring. I’ve even invested in my first 14-karat solid gold nameplate necklace.
I suppose that with age comes wisdom (and thankfully a few more dollars), so my jewelry collection reflects that. If you’re ready to move past spray painted baubles and leave costume jewelry behind, enter the world of sophisticated and affordable jewelry with this round up.
1. Dainty Natural Gold Leaf Necklace
Simple Natural Gold Leaf Necklace, $17, Amazon
The delicate necklace is perfect for everyday wear.
2. Hand-Painted Leather Bracelet
Hand-painted Leather Bracelet , $28, Amazon
Skip mixing metals and go for something more artistic and hand-crafted like this bracelet.
3. Hammered Rose Gold Stacking Rings
Delicate Stacking Rings – Hammered 14K Rose Gold Fill , $9, Amazon
Delicate rings like these are easy enough to work with jewelry you already own.
4. Rose Gold and Blush Druzy Stud Earrings
10mm Blush Faux Druzy Stud Earrings, Rose Gold Tone , $14, Amazon
These would make a charming pair to add to your jewelry collection.
5. Delicate Initial Disc Necklace
A Delicate Initial Disc Necklace Rose Gold Initial Necklace , $14, Amazon
Personalized jewelry always feels more special than regular jewelry anyone else could wear.
6. Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Wire Wrapped Ring
Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Wire Wrapped Ring , $15, Amazon
This ring is perfect for your inner mermaid.