Affordable Bridal Jewelry That Only Looks Like a Million Bucks

From dazzling to demure to modern, your wedding jewelry can be stand-out without having to overspend

Updated 10/21/17
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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, 19 pieces under-$100 that will make you feel (and look!) like a million bucks on your wedding day and beyond.

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Mango Flower Beaded Earrings

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $15.99

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BP. Ball Drop Ear Jackets

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $16

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Zara Chain Earrings

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $19.90

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COS Fine Metal Earrings with Ball

Courtesy of COS

SHOP NOW: COS, $22

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Massimo Dutti Teardrop Earrings

Courtesy of Massimo Dutti

SHOP NOW: Massimo Dutti, $29.50

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Kate Spade New York Bright Ideas Triangle Stud Earrings

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $38

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Theia Jewelry Fine Line Vertical Waterfall Drop

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $40

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Nina Linear Earrings

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $55

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& Other Stories Glass Stone Earrings

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $55

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Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Faux Pearl Earrings

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $60

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Rebecca Minkoff Alexandria Large Hoop Earrings

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $58

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Stella + Ruby Leaf Dangle Earrings

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $60

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J. Crew Oversized Gem Necklace

Courtesy of J.Crew

SHOP NOW: J.Crew, $68

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Gorjana Amara Necklace

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $70

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Jules Smith Rosella Earrings

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $85

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Nadri Wrap Hinge Bracelet

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $88

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Tai Jewelry Stone Threader Earrings

Courtesy of Lou & Grey

SHOP NOW: Lou & Grey, $90

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Kendra Scott Nolan Adjustable Chain Bracelet in Gold

Courtesy of Kendra Scott

SHOP NOW: Kendra Scott, $90

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St. John Collection Swarovski Crystal Twisting Rings

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $95

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