Great Jewelry Gift Ideas: Designer Jewelry Under $500

I just did a jewelry gift guide for classic jewelry essentials, so now I am moving on to jewelry that has a fashion or designer focus, for less than $500. Any of these jewelry items would make a phenomenal gift for women who follow fashion, have the basics covered, or just appreciate well-made sparkly things!

A little bit edgy…

I like almost everything Kimberly Baker does, you literally can’t go wrong with any of her earrings, necklaces or bracelets. Shhh…she’s a little under-the-radar, and her jewelry is still an affordable luxury:

"Mary Ellen" Vermeil Earrings by Kimberly Baker, $140 Retail

Mary Ellen Vermeil Earrings by Kimberly Baker, $140 Retail

This is a great necklace from Marquis and Camus. I like the vintage chandelier crystal mixed with vintage and contemporary chains:

Marquis and Camus Teardrop Pendant, on sale for $125 Retail

Marquis and Camus Teardrop Pendant, on sale for $125 Retail

Sentimental with a twist…

This locket from Liz Palacios (at Nordstrom.com) would be great for a personal, pretty gift:

Liz Palacios Locket with Freshwater Pearls and Crystals, $128 Retail from Nordstrom.com

Liz Palacios Locket with Freshwater Pearls and Crystals, $128 Retail from Nordstrom.com

If you like the idea of personalized jewelry, but want something out of the ordinary, you can do a letter, number or symbol from Jenny Lu of Albeit Jewelry:

8 Necklace from Albeit Jewelry, $310 Retail

8 Necklace from Albeit Jewelry, $310 Retail

Bold…

If you want to go BOLD, check out this “Mon Amour” ring from Rebecca. It is definitely not shy in scale, but I love the sentiment. With 18 Kt rose gold-plated bronze as the metal, it is affordable fine jewelry, a direction we will likely see more of. Available through Authorized Retailers, or from Fox’s Gem Shop:

Mon Amour Ring from Rebecca, $245 Retail

Mon Amour Ring from Rebecca, $245 Retail

I also really love this rose gold-plated cuff bracelet from Rebecca. This is highly wearable, and for the about same price as a piece of fashion jewelry, you have something with some intrinsic value. Available in 2 widths and 3 wrist sizes (price depends on width and size):

Melrose Medium Cuff Bracelet by Rebecca, $475 Retail

Melrose Cuff Bracelet by Rebecca, $390 Retail

Beautiful and Boho…

The blue box from Tiffany and Co. doesn’t necessarily mean an ubiquitous floating silver heart. Here is a sculptural pendant from Elsa Peretti in a red laquer over wood:

Sevillana Pendant by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Co., $195 Retail

Sevillana Pendant by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Co., $195 Retail

These carved resin Zellige cuffs designed by Paloma Picasso also come in yummy color combos like aubergine and chili, or coriander and cumin. All for $150.

Zellige Cuff by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany and Co., $150 Retail

Zellige Cuff by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany and Co., $150 Retail

Stumped, Sweaty, and Need Help?

I might be able to recommend an independent jeweler in your area who has access to great designer fine jewelry that doesn’t cost a fortune. Click on my local jewelers tab and drop me a line with your info.

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