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Fine jewelry costs a bit more than costume, but you can still get quality pieces on a budget.
Brands and retailers like Catbird, Mejuri, and Vrai are changing the game.
We’ve rounded up our favorite pieces and retailers below.
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With its inaccessible prices, technical terminology, and nebulous production practices, the world of fine jewelry is intimidating to step into and, for a generation that cares simultaneously about value, style, sustainability, and ethics, often a world that’s avoided altogether.
Not too long ago, we wouldn’t even have considered buying nice jewelry online. But with direct-to-consumer jewelry companies taking center stage, no middlemen or mark-ups mean that you can pay a palatable price that’s closer to the true cost of making that beautiful gold necklace. Plus, high standards for sourcing and production quell any fears that your purchase sets other livelihoods or the environment back.
These online jewelry companies will help you make the decision without overcharging you in the process.
The best places to buy affordable fine jewelry in 2021:
For everyday pieces that make more of a statement, Montserrat has a collection of playful designs that are easy to wear alone or layered with minimalist pieces.
A playful blend of pearls, charms, and 14-karat gold plated settings make up Montserrat’s jewelry line. With its enamel fruit designs, the latest collection transports you to a state of constant vacation. Though statement-making, the pieces are still dainty enough to layer with other pieces you own and an entire set won’t set you back more than $200.
What to buy:
The Limón Huggie Earrings (small)The Frutti Di Mare Fresas Set (small)The Seta Set (small)
Just by skipping the brand name, Italic lets you buy jewelry made in the same workshops as designer artisans at a fraction of the price.
Italic is a membership-based online retailer where you can find clothing, handbags, home goods, and more that are made in the same factories as designers like Miu Miu and Prada — just without the label and for a fraction of the price. Recently, it added fine jewelry to the mix. You can now pick up timeless additions like diamond necklaces and solid gold huggie hoops for as little as $225 and $150, respectively.
What to buy:
Gold Huggie Earrings (small)Diamond Eternity Band Ring (small)Diamond Solitaire Necklace (small)Baguette Diamond Pinky Ring (small)Solitaire Diamond Bracelet White Gold (small)
Look to Paige Sargisson for handmade solid gold and sterling silver jewelry that’s perfect for gifting and starts as low as $32.
Brooklyn-based designer Paige Sargisson makes custom pieces that run well into the thousands, but you’ll also find plenty of more affordable options as part of the 10kt & silver collection. Everything is made by hand out of solid gold or sterling silver and includes pieces like an opal-studded …read more
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