How to Buy Statement Earrings on a Budget

Here come the holidays…is your jewelry wardrobe ready? Editors and influencers agree that the most cost-effective way to create perfect outfits for the holiday parties ahead is with statement earrings. Not only do they bring attention to your face, where it belongs, they can turn a simple blouse and skirt or pants into a celebration.

We’ve selected four trending statement earring styles for your consideration. In each look we showcase a designer pair with their (much) more affordable Fashion/Costume Jewelry alternatives. Join the party!

Festive Front-Facing Hoops

Multicolor Gemstone Mia Earrings
Left: Multicolor Gemstone Mia Earrings photo courtesy of

Everyone loves hoops, and the newest ones put their best face forward. Fine jewelry designer Ana Khouri’s 18K gold Mia Earrings feature rainbow gemstones for ($16,800).

You can get this colorful look for a lot less with Gardenia Hoop Earrings from For only $38, they will rev up all your solid separates over the holidays and beyond.

Long and Linear

Left: Marco Bicego Designer Gemstone Earrings. Photo courtesy of Right: Deco Gem Drops from BaubleBar

National Jeweler magazine included the Paradise multi-gem drops by designer Marco Bicego (above left) among its four top-trending statement earrings of the season ($3,960). We love the look, but, like you, we’re shopping on a real-girl budget.

Deco Gem Drops from BaubleBar deliver “gorgeous gems in a mix of architectural shapes” and a vintage Art Deco vibe for only $34. Some BaubleBar styles are available at Target, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales.

Seasonal and Celestial

Chanel Comete Diamond and Spinel Earrings, Affordable Celestial Earrings
Left: Chanel Comete Diamond and Spinel Earrings. Photo courtesy of Right: Affordable Celestial Earrings at

No one does celestial jewels as well as the House of Chanel. Their stars, comets, moons and sun-sign pieces are legendary. Chanel’s Comète Star Earrings in 18K white gold, diamonds and black spinels were just featured in Ocean Drive magazine’s holiday gift guide for $33,000!

For a more down-to-earth version of this heavenly trend, check out the Celestial Starburst Earrings on They combine multi-tone brass star clusters with Austrian crystals for only $60.

When the Ball Drops

Carelle Designer 18K Gold and Platinum Ball-Drops. Photo courtesy of
New York Ball-Drop Earrings at

According to National Jeweler, the bible of the industry, a statement ball-drop earring is on-trend this holiday season…but it’s also utterly timeless. High-end designer Carelle’s Disco Dots Stick earrings in 18K yellow gold with 0.89 carats of diamonds are $5,590.

Our affordable lookalikes, geometric NY Ball Drops from (sans diamonds), are only $50. Enjoy them on New Year’s Eve and for years to come.





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