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Bank vs. Budget: Jewelry

Every fashion connoisseur’s dream is to have an unlimited budget when shopping for accessories. But most of the time, that just isn’t the case. With designers creating amazing collections every season and trends changing at a rapid pace, most of us splurge on one or two pieces leaving us with an accessory void. After diligently researching various boutiques and designer collections, I’ve respectfully created a list chalked full of the hottest trends in designer jewelry and alternatives sure to curb everyone’s accessory envy.

Bojoux Heart Gold Pleated Swarovski Crystal Earrings (Photo Credit: Polyvore.com)

Bijoux Heart Gold Pleated Swarovski Crystal Earrings (Photo Credit: polyvore.com)

 

Statement earrings are all the rage this season from being featured on the runway at Milan’s Spring fashion week transcending all the way to  street style in NYC. Design house has released their take on this trend by incorporating chunky jewels, long tassels and vivid colors. Designer Bijoux Heart created the Gold-Plated Swarovski Crystal earrings which are amazing; each ear dazzle is intricately designed with gleaming jewels, pronged clasp and gold plated metal. They can be purchased at Net-A-Porter for $620 and are sure to catch anyone’s eye.

Erickson Beamon Tribal Patchwork Palladium Plated Swarovski Crystal Earrings (Photo Credit: www.net-a-porter.com)

Erickson Beamon Tribal Patchwork Palladium Plated Swarovski Crystal Earrings (Photo Credit: net-a-porter.com)

Erickson Beamon’s Tribal Patchwork Palladium Plated Earrings are a sure fire way to make a statement this Spring/Summer. The colorful Swarovski Crystals combined with pearls are a perfect combination to dress up an ensemble or add extra bling for an upscale event. These earrings are available for purchase at Net-A-Porter for $310.

Dsquared2 Chunky Chain Bracelet

Dsquared2 Chunky Chain Bracelet (Photo Credit: farfetch.com)

Chunky Jewelry is a fashion must and is essential when you feel like adding an extra kick to your ensemble. Design house Dsquared2 created the fabulous Chunky Chain bracelet retailing at $277.66. This faux-gold piece is a sure option to add a bit of edge to any outfit. It can be found at Farfetch.

Guess by Maraciano Emili Chunky Chain Bracelet

Guess by Maraciano Emili Chunky Chain Bracelet (Photo Credit: Guess by Marciano)

A nice alternative for those that have a restricted budget is the Guess by Marciano Emili Chunky Chain Bracelet.  The piece is very similar to the Dsquared2 bracelet and can be purchased at Guess for $48.

 

Fendi Large Ceramic Round Case Watch (Photo Credit Fendi.com)

Fendi Large Ceramic Round Case Watch (Photo Credit Fendi.com)

Pastels are the color scheme for this summer and this time piece, comprised of fun light colored material or metal can be just the thing to take floral patterns or pastels to the next level. Fendi’s Large Ceramic Round Case Watch can be purchased at Fendi stores across the world and domestically in-store at Nordstrom or online at Nordstrom.com. The watch is designed as a stronger statement piece, comprised of white ceramic and stainless steel and retails at $1,095.

Karl Lagerfeld '7' Beveled Bezel Silicone Bracelet Watch, 36mm (Photo Credit: nordstrom.com)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Silicone Bracelet Watch, 36mm (Photo Credit: nordstrom.com)

Karl Lagerfeld’s ’7′ Beveled Bezel Silicone Bracelet Watch, 36 mm watch is an intriguing piece sure to compliment this season’s color combinations. This piece is comprised of silicone and stainless steel, which makes it extremely versatile, and is very well made with a high-end appeal. This item can be purchased at Nordstrom retailing at $275.

Naomi Grey 18k Gold Stackable Rings (Photo Credit: Max and Chloe)

Naomi Grey 18k Gold Stackable Rings (Photo Credit: Max and Chloe)

Stackable rings are a chic way to enhance an ensemble.  Designers have embraced the trend by creating fun and flirty sets that will compliment a range of individuals. The Ball and Hammered stackable rings by Naomi Gray are a perfect choice for a first time buyer. The rings are available in silver, 18k gold vermeil, and 18k rose gold vermeil.  The collection can be purchased from NaomiGrayDesigns; pricing starts at $185.

Gorjana 18k Gold Plated Stackable Ring

Gorjana 18k Gold Plated Stackable Ring (Photo Credit: zappos.com)

Designer Gorjana created a simple and gorgeous set of seven 18k gold plated stackable rings perfect for creating a delicate, yet modern, look. The collection is available in gold, rose gold and sterling silver finish. It is available for purchase from Gorjana-Griffin for a moderate price of $145.

 

Turquise and Gold Plated Necklace by Jose and Maria Barrera (Photo Credit: neimanmarcus.com)

Turquise and Gold Plated Necklace by Jose and Maria Barrera (Photo Credit: neimanmarcus.com)

Lastly, a good neck piece can totally change the tone of an outfit. Designers Jose and Maria Barrera’s Multi-Strand Turquoise and Gold Plated Necklace is a great statement piece that can easily be worn with a casual ensemble or at a cocktail party.  This item can be purchased at Neiman Marcus for $715.

Julie 7-Strand Beaded Necklace, Turquoise by Page Novick (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

Julie 7-Strand Beaded Necklace, Turquoise by Page Novick (Photo Credit: neimanmarcus.com)

 

Another great statement necklace that incorporates this season’s hot pastel trend is the Julie 7-Strand Beaded Necklace in Turquoise by designer Paige Novick.  This piece is a great addition to anyone’s accessory arsenal and is available for purchase at Neiman Marcus for $300.

A rule to remember when purchasing costume jewelry is that jewels such as cubic zirconium settings are in prongs. Another thing to remember is that  that metals should be heavy and have a natural finish. Remember to always pick something fun yet, comparable to your personality.

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