Jewelry has always been one of the best ways to announce your wealth and class to others. Pharaohs, kings and even servants could be easily identified even without their distinguishing wardrobes, just by their jewelry. Precious jewels, thin metal bands and huge gold rings all helped show who was who. Cultures the world over put jewelry on infants and children and bury their dead with their favorite pieces.
However, we all can’t afford flawless diamonds and the finest platinum. And that’s quite OK! There are many outstanding types of items we can choose from in all price ranges, and still look fabulous. Whether you are looking for gems and precious stones, or simply the latest really cool fashion accessories, there’s something for everyone as close as your local mall or your computer.
One option is to simply buy less expensive pieces. This usually means the quality is a bit lower but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your investment. This level of price and quality is actually the perfect way to obtain all the latest trends when it comes to rings or necklaces – pieces you might wear almost daily for now but then forget about in a year or so when newer styles and color become more popular.
Rings are a popular fashion accessory, and many of the newer bauble rings can be found in the under $20 range. These are perfect choices for anyone who needs to be up to date without breaking the bank. Even a matching necklace can be had in the same price range, and if you decide to throw these in your bureau drawer and forget about them in a year, that’s just fine!
If you simply want real jewels for cheap money, that’s possible too. Check out local craftsmen and boutique and even second hand stores and consignment shops. There’s no telling what you could find, and frequently the items are one of a kind and reasonably priced.
If you haven’t checked out your local second hand shops like Goodwill, start making regular visits! It’s astounding what you can find if you are willing to spend the time to search for it.
Try bridge accessories, too. This is the stuff you can usually find at counters in large department stores. It’s good quality and reasonably priced. Pieces include everything from simple and tasteful classic earrings (think pearl studs) to large and clunky charm bracelets which can be added to on special occasions.