I feel naked without my core jewelry pieces — my neck, ankle, and fingertips are almost always dripped in my grandmother’s jewelry. And while I recommend having staple pieces that hold either meaning or value, I prefer the rest of my collection to come from affordable jewelry brands that I can rotate through as trends, seasons, and my personal style changes.
But it can be a challenge to find affordable pieces that last more than just a night out — we’ve all experienced earrings that rust quickly or necklaces with flimsy clasps that break instantly — or ones that actually look high-end, even if they’re not. “I try to make sure it looks quality. For gold and silver pieces that means that the color and plating look as realistic as possible versus being too pale or yellow” says Diana Tsui, celebrity fashion stylist. The key is to have fun with it, and remove the stress and commitment of purchasing long lasting expensive pieces.
Below are some of my own favorite affordable jewelry brands, each with their own unique styles to shop from.
Anyone active on social media has probably come across Mejuri a handful of times. But they’re more than just a good marketing campaign. Stylist Diana Tsui particularly loves their chunky dome huggies and sculptural silver waves as “more wearable, everyday version of the giant Bottega earrings that we’re seeing all over social media”. But I find the wide range of styles the most appealing. You can find something from this celebrity-approved brand for every style and occasion, with each product category having over a 100 design options with most pieces under $150
As the brand that I turn to when I want to venture out of my comfort zone, Ana Luisa offers more playful, youthful pieces made