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Our Favorite Everyday Fine Jewelry Pieces (That Also Make Great Gifts)

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Catbird, Kinn
August 18, 2023

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One thing about us: When we find a good piece of fine jewelry, we never want to take it off — and when we keep admiring it day after day, we have to tell someone (aka you) about it. These are our favorite everyday pieces — from necklaces to bracelets to rings — that we just can’t stop wearing. Come to this list to grab something shiny and new for yourself, and stay for the brownie points you’ll receive if you gift one of these to someone you care about. Bling it on.

Our Favorite Everyday Necklaces


A barely-there chain that makes a big impact…

This 14-karat gold box chain is great for layering, wearing alone, or adding a pendant (may we humbly suggest a diamond initial?). It’s also adjustable so you can wear it at three different lengths. While it’ll add a little shine to any outfit, it’s so delicate you’ll forget you’re wearing it, even when you’re sleeping or working out. The only time this necklace ever slowed us down was when we stopped to admire how good it looked in the mirror. ($198, Mejuri)

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A nameplate necklace for “Sex and the City” fans...

For Carrie vibes, we love this 14-karat gold nameplate necklace. Personalize with your name, initials, or a special phrase that’s meaningful to you. We also love the gothic font for a little more edge. Make it your signature piece. ($158, BaubleBar)

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Blue Nile

A herringbone chain that’s great for layering…

A staple in every jewelry collection, this flat gold chain is guaranteed to play nicely with all your necklace mainstays. It’s an investment piece, for sure, but the 14-karat gold will last forever. It’s the perfect length for adding shorter necklaces on top and looks just as good paired with a swimsuit in the summer as it does layered over a turtleneck in the winter. Psst...grab it and more stunning pieces on sale until September 9. ($664, Blue Nile)

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Uncommon James

A classic link necklace that comes in two lengths…

From Kristin Cavallari’s brand, this necklace is a paperclip chain made of 14-karat gold-plated brass. It looks way more expensive than it is and pairs just as easily with a T-shirt and bike shorts as it does with a sundress. We love that it comes in “mid” and “shorter” lengths, so you can build just the right stack. ($58+, Uncommon James)

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Our Favorite Everyday Pendants


An initial pendant in the prettiest script font…

Kinn makes solid 14-karat gold fine jewelry meant to be passed on to future generations, and we simply can’t get enough. Grab this script pendant for yourself and gift a matching one to a loved one for their birthday. They’ll be touched you want to twin with them. ($180, Kinn)

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A tiny key you can engrave…

Put this key on your favorite chain, and it’ll make a small but mighty impact. Engrave it with your lucky number, a special address number, or even a few initials. We’ve given this to our best friend in lieu of a friendship bracelet. In our experience, you can’t go wrong with a little personalized gift from Catbird. ($88, Catbird)

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A locket you’ll cherish for years…

This 14-karat gold locket is smaller than traditional lockets, so it’s perfect for wearing every day. Don’t worry, you can still fit a tiny photo in there, so you can keep someone close to your heart. Chains are sold separately, so if you’re gifting, add one on or be sure they already have one to add it to. ($168+, Catbird)

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Our Favorite Everyday Earrings


Stud earrings that won’t poke you while you sleep…

These studs have flat backs, so if you sleep in them, you won’t even know they’re there. They’re safe for sensitive ears and work well for all piercing placements. You’ll get two different post lengths, so you don’t have to worry about the sizing if they’re a gift. ($30+, Studs)

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A pair of simple huggies to curate your earring stack…

These 14-karat solid gold huggies are gorgeous on their own, but work well if you have multiple piercings and want to slot them in a second or third hole. They’re sold as a single or pair, so it’s easy to mix and match depending on your needs. The clicker closure ensures you don’t have to give them a second thought once they’re secured. ($65+, Mejuri)

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Jennifer Fisher

A petite pair of hoops with a devoted following…

What do Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajowski all have in common? Aside from the obvious, they all wear Jennifer Fisher hoops. So if you’re a dedicated fashionista (or you have a friend who’s one), achieve the perfect off-duty model look with these small huggies in gold-plated or silver. Pair with a slicked-back bun to really show them off. ($200, Jennifer Fisher)

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Our Favorite Everyday Bracelets


A chain bracelet that converted us to bracelet stans…

Once we clasped this classic 14-karat gold figaro chain on our wrist, we couldn’t imagine ever taking it off. It’s just the right amount of delicate shine that looks great on its own or layered with other bracelets, and it’s so light, we barely notice it’s there. We’ve done an intense workout class, showered, and swam in it, and it never dulls. It also comes in an anklet we’re eyeing. ($280, Kinn)

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A micro chain made out of recycled gold…

This tiny herringbone chain is just enough slinky shimmer for everyday wear. True to its name, you can wear it swimming, showering, and the like, and you can even get it zapped on, so it’s permanent. If you’re gifting, why not add a dainty charm, too? ($248, Catbird)

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A tennis bracelet that looks way more expensive than it is…

Tennis bracelets have become an essential in our stack, and this one made with cubic zirconia looks just like the real thing. It comes in gold-plated brass or 18-karat gold-plated sterling silver, which makes the gold even shinier. Choose from three lengths for the perfect fit. ($58+, BaubleBar)

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Our Favorite Everyday Rings


A four-stone ring made with sustainable materials…

Linjer’s mission is to make sustainable jewelry at reasonable prices, and they really hit the mark with this one. It’s a gold vermeil band with four mismatched gemstones of your choosing — from blue topaz to amethyst. It looks great on its own or worn with your other favorite rings. ($49+, Linjer)

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A set of everyday rings made for stacking…

You’ll get three rings of varying thicknesses that look like vintage cigar bands. They’re 18-karat gold-plated so will remain nice and shiny, no matter how much you wear them. Stack them or wear them alone, the combinations are endless. ($60, Gorjana)

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A diamond-studded cigar band that’s sure to be a family heirloom…

Cigar bands are beautiful enough on their own, but add a few tiny diamonds, and it’s game over for us. We fell in love with this ring — by Merewif, which is an Old English term for sea witch — the moment we saw it. We love that it’s handmade in the United States of solid gold and custom-made to any ring size. It’s a special occasion gift if we’ve ever seen one. ($380, Merewif)

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Our Favorite Everyday Anklets


A multicolored anklet to spice up any outfit…

Whether we’re running errands in our athleisure or headed out on the town, one thing’s for sure, adding an anklet makes us feel some type of way. This one is a classic curb chain with dangling rainbow gems. If that’s a little too adventurous for you, it also comes with clear dangles. ($38, BaubleBar)

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Jenny Bird

An anklet that’s on the classier side…

This one is just stunning, from the delicate gold-dipped chain to the seven glass pearls in the middle. We’ve been wearing it everywhere we go — on top of crew socks with sneakers and with heels and sandals. The best part is it’s adjustable, so it’ll never cramp your style while you walk. ($80, Jenny Bird)

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