Go big in silver instead of gold. Bonus: A sprinkling of colored diamonds ups the wow without weighing down cost.
|UNDER $1,000: Handmade oxidized silver-plated cuff; $488; Dannijo, New York City; 646-755-8909; dannijo.com|
|UNDER $5,000: Nearly 1 ct. t.w. black and cognac diamonds in sterling silver; $1,400; Raymond Hak, Great Neck, N.Y.; 800-362-5866; raymondhak.com|
The options are endless for big pendant necklaces. From pearls to resin to topaz to silver, statement pieces are available in a modest price range.
|UNDER $1,000: Great Expectations necklace with Swarovski crystals and glass pearls in 18k gold-plated metal; $778; Erickson Beamon, New York City; 212-643-4810; ericksonbeamon.com|
|UNDER $5,000: Naga Lava oval pendant necklace in sterling silver with black sapphires; $1,695; John Hardy, New York City; 888-838-3022; johnhardy.com|
Diamond strands make glorious crowns, but they’re out of reach for many. Enter crystal clips and metal-worked masterpieces, which can serve as suitable substitutions.
|UNDER $1,000: Swarovski crystal and silk chiffon dangling chains hair clip; $152; Jennifer Behr, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 718-569-2896; jenniferbehr.com|
|UNDER $5,000: Lace necklace in 18k gold; $4,800; EnA/Elements and Alloys, Philadelphia; 215-844-4890; elementsandalloys.com|
It Had to Be Hue
When you sub in quartz for colored gems, cost is less of an issue for consumers. Even gold is affordable when set with more common—but still dazzling—stones.
|UNDER $1,000: Triple teardrop earrings in sterling silver and turquoise; $695; Ippolita, New York City; 877-865-5500; ippolita.com|
|UNDER $5,000: Semiprecious quartz and 18k gold ring; starting at $3,000; Roberto Coin, New York City; 800-853-5958; robertocoin.com|