No wedding look is complete without the finishing touch of a gorgeous piece of wedding jewelry. From dazzling diamonds to demure pearl accents to modernist shapes, brides from traditional to contemporary to bohemian need a glimmering accent to set off their look with panache. A common conundrum, or misunderstanding, rather, is that attractive jewelry costs a lot of money. This is so not the case.
Contemporary labels to mall-brands alike all have affordable jewelry options on offer, and most impressively, for less than $100. Suited to every style sensibility, bridal-worthy baubles abound whether you’re in search of a delicate pendant to ornament an open neckline, a glittering drop-earring to counterbalance a minimal silhouette, a quiet hoop, stud or ear-crawler for just a speck of shine, or a pavé cuff to subtly add sparkle. Maybe you’re going for the gusto and in need of a dramatic statement earring or collar necklace for dramatic punctuation—it’s your big day after all.
Moreover, affordable jewelry continues to be a savior when you’re going for opulence with your regular attire—we understand that rare is the case when you can get spendy with exceptional diamonds, rare gemstones and the like. With your bridal accessories, you’ve likely already spent oodles on the dress, maybe even your shoes too, but your jewels do not have to stress out your wallet even further.
If you’re going the affordable route, the most important thing to know is that inexpensive jewelry doesn’t have to read cheap but can very easily if you don’t know what to look for. Aim for substantial metals that don’t appear too fake in color (i.e. you don’t want a piece to appear super yellow if it’s gold-plated) and seek faux-gemstones, crystals and CZs that are impressively set, avoiding pieces that read haphazard or poorly assembled. Subtly sleek design is your best best—it’s hard to miss the mark in a simple design sans over-the-top embellishment.
From earrings to necklaces to bracelets, here, 22 pieces under-$100 that will make you feel (and look!) like a million bucks on your wedding day and beyond.