10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable, Cool Jewelry
You don't need diamonds and precious gems for a great jewelry wardrobe — although they sure would be nice. The good news is that there are plenty of affordable jewelry alternatives, where stylish designs and fashion statement pieces abound. Here are some great online jewelry retailers, who not only make finding interesting and gorgeous jewelry easy, but also give your wallet a break, too. (See also: Cheap Accessories to Kickstart Your Style)
Baublebar prides itself on offering guilt-free price points for stylish fashion jewelry. A huge selection of diverse and affordable inventory (think necklaces priced in the $20-$40 range) is continually updated, making this site a great find for gifting or expanding your own collection. While pieces this cheap usually skip the real stones, it's remarkable that most of the jewelry always looks a lot more expensive than it is. And don't forget, there's free shipping on all orders to help you save. The site also features a "Guest Bartender" section, where fashion mavens feature their best picks. In addition to a well-stocked sale section and monthly deals, a great wedding section full of dazzling faux pieces rounds out the site. (See also: Alternative Wedding Ideas for Big Savings)
2. Dasha Boutique
Dasha Boutique is an online treasure trove of beautifully handmade gemstone jewelry based out of San Francisco. The site has been heralded in major fashion outlets, in addition to having some celebrity pull. But you might think gemstones and high fashion means it will cost a fortune — think again. In addition to Dasha's many usual sales, where items can run 30% off or more, they keep most of their collection very affordable for such high quality gemstone pieces, with a large selection of items under $50. All orders arrive beautifully packaged, and anything can be customized to your liking using an easy to follow online guide. Several years ago, I customized a very affordable pair of gorgeous drop moonstone earrings for my own wedding, and have been buying from Dasha ever since.
3. Girl Props
A young and free-spirited site for some of the cheapest jewelry around, Girl Props offers over 4,000 whimsical jewelry and accessory items for gals of all ages. While the materials and selections aren't necessarily the same quality as those handcrafted, artisan pieces found elsewhere, pendant necklaces for $3.99, a collection of faux-gold bangles for $2.99 and a set of 18 pairs of stud earrings for $9.99 make this a fun site for tweens and adults, alike. Free shipping on U.S. orders over $10 makes this site even more of a no-brainer for cute jewelry and accessory indulgences. (See also: 10 Places to Find Affordable Accessories)
4. Satya Jewelry
Satya Jewelry's online site it a fantastic representation of what this beautiful New York based store has to offer. Satya combines semi-precious stones and sacred symbols to make truly unique and lovely pieces with meaning. While they carry some higher-priced pieces that sell for hundreds of dollars, the site has a large selection of items under $100, and even a nice collection under $50. The sale section is a great find as well, with items marked at 50% off, meaning you can score a stunning piece for often under $35. Also take advantage of Satya sample sales and other promotions if you sign up for email alerts. The company has also started the Satya Foundation, which raises money for children's groups throughout the world.
5. Lydell NYC
Lydell NYC features some great, affordable costume jewelry on a well-organized site. Earrings can run as low as $15, while a decent selection of necklaces and bracelets can easily be found in the $30-$40 range. The site offers easy ways to search for items by style, collection, or as seen in the press, making it even easier to land a unique cuff bracelet or to find a pair of earrings recently featured in "Lucky" or "Real Simple." And don't forget to check out the sale section, where items are often slashed 50% or more. Lydell also offers free shipping for orders over $50 and a 30-day return policy.
You may have shopped designer discount retailer Bluefly before for some great designer apparel deals, but they have a great jewelry department as well. The site has made it easy to search out the more affordable pieces in the fashion jewelry section, but they also sell discounted fine, estate, and diamond jewelry at much higher price points. Sticking to the fashion jewelry, you can search out all kinds of designer names and styles at massive discounts. Regular sales on already reduced pieces and final sale items can save you a bundle to easily land a nice piece of jewelry for $30 or less.
7. Danielle Stevens Jewelry
Danielle Stevens Jewelry, which has also been featured in fashion magazines and worn by celebrities, has a great online shop where you can buy some trendy, affordable costume jewelry that looks very luxe. Besides a generous online offering at decent price points, the site has a number of great promotions throughout the year, including some sale items where you can save 50% or more. Custom engraving, a great sale section, and a charity section with pieces priced under $20, make this a great place to find some not-so-hidden gems. Items also arrive in a very cool signature jewelry bag.
8. Le Mode Accessories
Le Mode Accessories offers reasonably priced jewelry, all with an eye towards current fashion trends. Many fashion necklaces on the site can be found under $30, while stylish earrings are almost all priced under $20. They also offer some cool handbags, scarves, and belts at very economical prices. An array of styles, from boho chic to modern looks can be found on the site, which makes it easy to find something great to satisfy just about anyone's taste. (See also: Wantable Jewelry and Makeup Tailored for You)
9. by boe
New York based jewelry line, by boe, formed by Swedish jewelry designer, Annika Inez, has gained popularity with its unique, architectural shapes and striking designs. The by boe brand features many upscale, beautiful items under $50, while the site's Inez brand runs at higher price points for items using vintage Czech glass stones. You can receive 10% off your first order by sharing your email and there is free shipping over $75. The company also donates 5% of your purchase to Women for Women, a charity that helps female survivors of war.
No good jewelry search would be complete without also mentioning Etsy as a resource. It goes without saying that Etsy is a great destination for handmade and vintage jewelry of all kinds. Given they have designated an entire category for jewelry alone, searching through the vast array of choices can be overwhelming. The key is to narrow your search as much as possible by description or artisan and be sure to search within your designated price range to find an affordable, one-of-a-kind piece.
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