Jewellery is the easiest way to update your wardrobe. Layer gold pendants over a crisp white shirt for an effortlessly chic finish or take your outfit from day to disco with a pair of colourful drop earrings.
But who has the budget to splurge on something new? We’re far too busy celebrating the end of January (and breaking dry January) down at the pub. That or you can’t be trusted with expensive jewels that will inevitably end up buried at the bottom of you handbag.
For minimal effort that delivers maximum results, take your pick from dainty pendants and stackable rings in our selection that are low cost but no less luxurious. (We can’t guarantee you won’t lose them.)
Make A Simple Statement
Gold Cascading Necklace, A Weathered Penny, £18
No time to untangle five tiny necklaces in the morning to get the layered look? Wear this 18k gold plated cascading circles necklace instead.
We’d wear this over black roll necked knitwear for the office and paired with a deep v-neck cut midi dress for dinner. A Weathered Penny was founded in 2012, creating handmade, affordable but high quality jewels for women and children.
Mystic Star Stud Earrings in Gold, Astrid Miyu, £29
This contemporary brand offers unique but wearable pieces like these 14k gold plated brass studs with the prettiest opal stones. Tie your hair into a low chignon with a nude lippie and let them do all the talking.
Eye For An Eye
Single Evil Eye White Topaz Stud, Missoma, £25
High lobe piercings are set to be a hit this year, as Maria Tash told HuffPost. This all-seeing eye stud is the easiest way to upgrade your lobes and add a little depth, without breaking the bank or weighing down your ears. Small but mighty, this will have the biggest impact. Mix and match it with silver and gold hoops to keep it playful.
Stack ’Em Up
Sunburst Interlocking Ring Pack, Orelia, £30
At Orelia you’ll be able to find semi-precious stones that looks equally as expensive as the costly counterparts. One style they do particularly well is rings perfect for stacking, so you can decide how minimalist or maximalist you want to be. Add a little sunshine to your day with this trio.
In Full Bloom
Flower Engraved Oval Necklace Baby’s Breath, Estella Bartlett, £24
If you’re looking for something floral that will last a lot longer than a bouquet, consider this oval pendant with a dainty engraving of baby’s breath flowers. It would make the perfect gift for yourself for someone special. While small and growing, you can find the other whimsical pieces from Estella Bartlett in Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges.
Dotted Raindrop Ring, Ania Haie, £19
At Ania Haie you can shop high-end pieces at high street prices, like with this colourful ring thats a fun twist on the classic teardrop shape. Wear it on its own as a focal point or bring it to a ring party by stacking it with plain gold bands.
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Golden Banana Pendant, Tatty Devine, £30
For something a little more fun, head to Tatty Devine. Specialising in acrylic necklaces, earring and brooches, they’re a kitsch lovers dream. This peeling banana is the ultimate conversation starter.
Gold or Sterling Silver Tassel Hoop Earrings, Etsy, £19.50
For unique, handmade pieces, Etsy should be your first port of call. With the tassel trend going nowhere, this pair caught our eye. Hoops are universally flattering and the soft grey tassels add an extra something.
Make A Wish
Shooting Star Stud Earrings, Ottoman Hands, £25
Go all out and adorn your ears with eight ascending stars that give the illusion of multiple piercings in this edgy but minimal pair. The London based brand finds its inspiration from Turkey and is currently in its 10th year of business after setting up shop on a stall on Portobello Road. All the stones are sustainably sourced from around the globe and you’ll find bold statement pieces mixed with deliberately dainty designs too.