We’re here for a little distraction — and, you know what makes for the best kind of diversion? Something shiny. We’re specifically talking about the stuff that
adorns your fingers, accentuates your collarbones, and dangles from your earlobes: jewelry. However, the type of mood-boosting bling we’re talking about here is not necessarily of the cheap and cheerful variety. Instead, our focus is on the finer pieces that require a little bit more of an investment. Lucky for us, the internet is replete with baubles that are of exceptional quality (aka actual solid gold and silver) but won’t cost you several month’s rent.
If you know where to look, there are great values to be had in the world of precious metals; sites like Etsy and Ylang23 boast every price point under the sun, including plenty that falls
under the $200 mark. And thanks to the growing popularity of demi-fine jewelry (gilded pieces made with sterling silver or alloys of gold) at retailers like Ana Luisa and Net-a-Porter, there are more affordable options than ever.
If you’re in the market for a
unique new trinket or love token for someone special, click right this way — because we’ve lined up 19 of the shiniest pieces for under $200 ahead.
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BaubleBar “X” 14K Gold Single Earring
A simple, solid gold “x” makes a decisive statement when added to a lineup of multiple piercings.
Shop fine jewelry at BaubleBar BaubleBar X 14K Solid Gold Single Stud Earring, $, available at BaubleBar
Helzberg Diamonds Wavy 10K Gold Band
This slim, undulating band in 10K gold is a serious score at less than $130 — it’s even studded with 25 single-cut diamonds.
Shop Helzberg Diamonds Helzberg Diamonds Wavy Diamond Band in 10K Yellow Gold, $, available at Helzberg Diamonds
Ana Luisa Gold Vermeil Prism Earrings
When shopping for demi-fine jewelry, look out for gold vermeil — it offers an actual measurable thickness of gold layered over sterling silver. Ana Luisa uses the material to prismatic effect with its rainbow-hued drop earrings.
Shop Ana Luisa Ana Luisa Gold Vermeil Prism Earrings, $, available at Ana Luisa
Blue Nile Sterling Silver Padlock Necklace
Is this the work of a 5th Avenue-based heritage jewelry house, or a well-priced, surprisingly stylish find from a big-box bauble destination? That’s for you to know, and your friends to find out.
Shop Blue Nile Blue Nile Padlock Necklace in Sterling Silver, $, available at Blue Nile
Fremada Gold Stacking Ring
Despite their dainty appearance, these slim solid gold stacking bands still make a statement, thanks to a faceted, textured finish. At less than $70, you can get one for yourself and your bestie. (If you’re feeling extra splashy, stack it with another Overstock.com find — this wide solid-jade band adorned with a solid gold elephant.)
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Fremada 14K Gold Faceted Stacking Ring, $, available at Overstock.com Palm Beach Jewelry 10K Yellow Gold Genuine Green Jade Elephant Ring, $, available at Overstock.com
Alison Lou Tiny Pill Single Earring
Alison Lou is known to work magic with enamel to create cheeky emoji jewelry, so this assortment of gilded multi-colored pill earrings are a natural next step.
Shop Ylang23 Alison Lou Glitter Tiny Pill Stud Single Earring, $, available at Ylang23
Disney 10K Gold Mickey Mouse Pendant
A gold-filled chain helps keeps the price of this charming Mickey Mouse necklace shockingly low.
Shop fine jewelry at Walmart Disney Mickey Mouse Pendant Necklace with Gold-Filled Chain, $, available at Walmart
Zoë Chicco 14K Gold Turquoise Stacking Ring
Keep your dainty rings from fading into the background by choosing bright, can’t-be-missed stones — like this eye-catching polished turquoise set in 14K gold.
Shop fine jewelry at Nordstrom Zoë Chicco 14K Gold Turquoise Stacking Ring, $, available at Nordstrom
Stella & Bow Rio Strawberry Hoops
Squee! We’ve never seen a prettier or more summer-ready pair of earrings. Who knew strawberries played so nice with solid gold?
Shop Stella & Bow Stella and Bow Rio strawberry hoops, $, available at Stella and Bow
Mary John Hydrangea Blossom Ring
We swooned over the affordable selection of organic, handmade fine jewelry in Mary John’s Etsy shop, but ultimately landed on this solid gold hydrangea ring — a design that the North Carolina-based designer carved herself from wax. So sweet!
Shop Mary John on Etsy Mary John Hydrangea Blossom Flower Ring, $, available at Etsy
AURate Mini Pyramid Studs
We’re not mad at a pair of delicate 14K gold pyramid studs for $100 — as you can see, they’ll play nice with the rest of your ear candy.
Shop AURate Aurate Mini Pyramid Studs, $, available at Aurate
Ice On Fire Solid Gold Initial Pendant
One of our favorite hacks for spending less coin on fine jewelry is to purchase a precious pendant and string it on an existing chain. Now that we’ve saved all that money, we’re definitely splurging one or more of these delicious bubble-letter alphabet pendants — each is solid 10K gold studded with cubic zirconia.
Shop fine jewelry on Amazon Ice on Fire Solid Gold Bubble Initial Pendant, $, available at Amazon
The Last Line Double Sphere Drop Earrings
This single, lengthy drop earring makes the perfect anchor for an asymmetrical assortment of earrings.
Shop The Last Line The Last Line Double Gold Sphere Drop Earrings, $, available at The Last Line
Pamela Love Sterling Silver Dome Ring
We’ve been fans of Pamela Love’s sculptural designs for years, and the designer hasn’t stopped turning out cool and affordable creations like this large-scale silver dome ring.
Shop Pamela Love Pamela Love Dome Ring, $, available at Pamela Love
Stone & Strand Single Alphabet Earring
These individual diamond-studded 14K gold letter earrings from Stone and Strand are surprisingly hefty, given their competitive cost.
Shop Stone & Strand Stone and Strand Alphabet 14-karat gold diamond single earring, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Allegro Gold Double Moon Necklace
Doubling up on your fine finds is never a bad thing — at less than $150, this 14K gold necklace holds a lot of bang for your buck.
Shop Allegro Gold on Etsy Allegro Gold 14K Gold Double Moon Necklace, $, available at Etsy
Erica Weiner Acrostic Alphabet Stud
Erica Weiner’s single acrostic earrings can be customized with 26 different gems, each representing a letter of the alphabet. Spell out as much or as little as you want.
Shop Erica Weiner Erica Weiner Acrostic Alphabet Single Stud, $, available at Erica Weiner
Mejuri Diamonds Open Ring
An open ring makes a lovely and unexpected addition to any stack — and Mejuri’s 14K gold and diamond iteration is a supremely affordable option.
Shop Mejuri Mejuri Diamonds Open Ring, $, available at Mejuri
Catbird Gold Big Hoop Dreams Earrings
A classic pair of affordable gold hoops can be surprisingly hard to find, but Catbird never lets us down in the essentials department.
Shop Catbird Catbird Big Hoop Dream Earrings, yellow gold, $, available at Catbird
Leigh Miller Sterling Silver and Pearl Earrings
It’s rare that precious jewelry gets marked down, but it does happen once in a blue moon. That’s why we always keep on eye on the sale section on sites like Net-a-Porter, to see if any of our wish-listed baubles have made the cut.
Shop jewelry on sale at Net-A-Porter Leigh Miller Sterling Silver and Pearl Earrings, $, available at Net-A-Porter
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