How to Get Designer Looks for Less

When it comes to jewelry, there’s nothing like owning “the real thing.” But if you’re like me, on a working girl’s budget, you probably enjoy the thrill of the hunt for designer looks at more affordable price points.

Here are three high-end jewelry pieces I’m obsessed with this season…and tips on how to find these luxe styles for hundreds — not thousands – of dollars. Start shopping!

Rose Gold Bow Necklace by Raf Simons for Dior
Rose Gold Bow Necklace by Raf Simons for Dior
Photo Courtesy of Dior.com

Unbearable Lightness

Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey hand-picked Dior’s delicate Rose Gold Bow Necklace as the it-piece of the Fall 2014 couture collections. She wrote in her April Editor’s Letter: “In the end, couture is all about craft, which was totally in evidence at Dior. After the show I rushed backstage to snap photos of the workmanship in Raf Simons’s designs. Raf had wrapped a tiny pink-gold chain, tied in a bow, around each model’s neck, like the final touch on a couture gift. What sweeter way to wrap up the collections?”

Dior’s feminine golden thread, along with rings to match, looks fresh and new after several seasons spent under the considerable weight of the statement necklace. I’m not getting rid of my big chokers…just giving them a rest for a while. My personal jewelry statement from now on will include a Dior-inspired bow.

Dior’s Rose Gold Bow Necklace is available by special order at 800-929-DIOR. Similar styles in gold tones or sterling silver are available at MaxandChloe.com for under $100.

Elizabeth Locke Ancient Greek Silver Coin and 19K Gold Ring beonpark.com; 1884 Medium Pius Silver Roman Coin Dangle Earrings
At Left: Elizabeth Locke Ancient Greek Silver Coin and 19K Gold Ring – $4,100 at beonpark.com
At Right: 1884 Medium Pius Silver Roman Coin Dangle Earrings – $315

Flip a Coin

Jewelry made of ancient coins set in gold is a classic style that whispers old money – really old money. The House of Bulgari is well known for its Roman coin designs, as are jewelry designers Coomi and Elizabeth Locke. Can’t quite afford these superstar jewelers? Head to the 1884 Collection, available online or at a jewelry store near you. This sixth-generation Italian jeweler creates beautiful — and very affordable — Roman coin styles in sterling silver with 18k gold accents.

Pomellato Nudo Rings with Diamonds, from $1500;  Shamila Gemstone Rings in Sterling Silver from $375
At Left: Pomellato Nudo Rings with Diamonds from $4,500
At Right: Shamila Gemstone Rings in Sterling Silver from $375

Do You Nudo?

I can’t get Pomellato’s contemporary gemstone ring – the Nudo – out of my thoughts. You’ve probably seen the magazine ads this spring featuring actress Tilda Swinton wearing stacks of these 18k rose gold beauties. Simply delicious.

The Pomellato gumdrop-colored stacking rings start at $1,750 each; $4,500 with diamonds.

MaxandChloe.com, on the other hand, carries Shamila’s sterling silver version (pictured here), beginning at $375. Buy three!

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