July 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM ET
Unless you're a celebrity, you probably get your jewelry fix somewhere other than Cartier. And we think it's an excellent time to pick up a few new pieces in your price range without leaving the comfort of your sofa. So grab a glass of wine and your credit card and dig into our guide to the best places to shop for totally affordable (promise!) jewelry online.
Grab affordable fashion finds at Bauble Bar, which offers a super breezy interface, including "the must list," a shop-by-trends section. There's also a whole section for personalized pieces including initials, monograms and nameplates — an amazing option for gifts. And hello, free shipping!
URBAN PEACH BOUTIQUE
Precious pyramid studs for $4.95 — wait, what?! Urban Peach Boutique is a fab resource for fashion jewelry with tons of amazing deals, including statement necklaces under — way under — $20.
STELLA & DOT
It's true: We're totally obsessed with Stella & Dot's utterly on-trend and colorful costume pieces, where even some of the boldest statement necklaces hover around $100—but most pieces are far cheaper. Think stud earrings around $20. Love.
Forever 21 is hardly Tiffany & Co., both in quality and price. But that's the whole point! Stock up on super fun, colorful and totally on-trend pieces that won't last you forever, but you can buy half dozen pieces to coordinate with your wardrobe for an upcoming vacay for less than the price of your airport taxi.
You could spend $3 on a coffee drink (tall, not grande), or you could put it toward jewelry at Girl Props, where that's the starting price point. There's free shipping in the U.S., and a "most popular" section to help you identify on-trend pieces.
One thing we love about Rachel Roy is that the jewelry finds include out-of-the-ordinary pieces you're not likely to find in most places — for instance, a dainty hand chain for $28 or body chain for $38 that both look every bit high end.
Kohl's is an excellent option for jewelry, both costume and fine. Plus, it offers fun collections like Rock & Republic, which is filled with edgy pieces bearing studs and skulls at crazy low prices.
Diamond rings aren't cheap, of course, but if you're in the market for one (an engagement ring, perhaps?) you might find shopping online at Blue Nile to be just the right money-saving option. It's got an easy-to-shop interface, and also claims that its diamond prices average 20 to 40 percent lower than its competitors. There's a price-match program to stand behind that claim.