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Jewelry to Buy Yourself Just Because You’re Worth It

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Kinn, Mejuri, Ettika
February 27, 2024

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If I won the lottery, I wouldn’t tell anyone, but there would be signs. Suddenly I’d be decked out in tennis bracelets, dainty necklaces, and fabulous timepieces. And while I’m not holding out hope it’ll happen, I do think treating yourself to a little something shiny every now and then is one of life’s pleasures. To that end, I’ve found bracelets, necklaces, rings, and more in every price range, so whether you’re ready for an impulse buy or steadily saving for the right time to treat yourself, your wishlist will be ready and waiting.

Under $100


A pair of teardrop earrings that look similar to a designer pair…

If you want to buy yourself something nice, but don’t want to spring for the trendy Bottega Veneta earrings, these are about as close as it gets...for under $10. They have a chunky teardrop shape that makes any outfit look elevated. They even come as a set with both gold and silver pairs so you can experiment with mixing metals. ($9.99+, Amazon)

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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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Mon Été

A pair of pearl earrings with a modern twist…

Our team can’t stop talking about this brand. The pieces are handmade in Brooklyn and surprisingly affordable, plus the necklaces have an easy on-and-off magnetic clasp. But when we saw these earrings, we were obsessed. From the freshwater baroque pearls to the gold-filled knot detail, they have a distinctly modern feel that’ll still outlast trend cycles. ($70, Mon Été)

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Stretchy bangles that make a statement…

These 18-karat gold-plated bangles by Ettika add a bit of glamour to anything you wear and look just as good layered over a turtleneck sleeve as they do paired with a swimsuit and a tan. I've worn these for hours, and they never pinched or grabbed at my skin. They’re so light, they feel like wearing nothing on your arm. ($50, Nordstrom)

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Over $100

Jenni Kayne

Our new favorite everyday hoops…

I walked into the Jenni Kayne store the other day to visit the Cocoon Cardigan and let it know I’d be back for it someday — and then I stumbled upon a pair of perfect hoops I didn’t know I was missing. These are handmade using recycled silver, and are just the right size and weight to wear every day. ($200, Jenni Kayne)

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A diamond initial pendant that makes a big impact…

If you want to splurge a little, this diamond initial is a good place to start. This will never go out of style: the block letters aren’t too fussy like some script fonts can be, the diamonds catch light beautifully, and it can slide over a chain you already own. We love the idea of grabbing one for your first and last name or stacking your and your partner’s initials; they’re small enough to be worn together. ($198, Mejuri)

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A chain bracelet we haven’t taken off in months…

I am always trying to be as effortless as the girls who never take off their jewelry, so when I went on a hunt for an everyday bracelet that wouldn't get caught in my clothes or be too heavy to sleep in, this one was the clear winner. It’s a figaro chain made out of 14-karat solid gold. No exaggeration, I put it on almost a year ago and haven’t even thought of taking it off. Sometimes I forget it’s there, but when it catches the light, it really shows off. ($280, Kinn)

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Audry Rose

A classic diamond necklace to pass down to future generations…

A great way to justify splurging on yourself? Thinking of giving the piece of jewelry to your future children or grandchildren. This gorgeous necklace comes in four different karat weights and is more delicate and intricate than typical bar styles. It looks great worn alone or layered with your other necklaces. Plus, the diamonds are ethically sourced. ($490+, Audry Rose)

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A pearl necklace we couldn’t stop scrolling past…

Every last detail of this necklace is better than the last, from the varying sizes of pearls to the delicate gold chain to the eye-catching clasp you can wear in front. This definitely isn’t your grandmother’s pearl necklace, but it’s one you’ll be wearing for years to come. ($575, Catbird)

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A ring good enough for a pop superstar…

Taylor Swift wore this to one of her boyfriend’s football games (that’s Travis Kelce on the Chiefs, if you haven’t been following along), and we immediately sourced it and added it to our wishlist. Made out of 14-karat gold, this ring looks vintage in the best way. It comes in four different gemstones — Taylor was wearing garnet, but we also love the honey quartz. ($598, Mejuri)

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A pair of diamond huggies worth the investment…

I wanted a pair of huggies I could leave on and forget about, since I always forget to put earrings in and thought my holes might be in danger of closing up. These are on my wishlist. They have just the right amount of sparkle, look chic when I have my hair up, and are comfortable enough to sleep in. They’re great for second or third holes, too, and come in white and yellow gold. ($895, Nordstrom)

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A bracelet that’s our latest obsession…

We can’t stop thinking about this new bracelet from one of our favorite jewelry brands. While we’re definitely getting into pricey territory, this vintage-inspired bracelet with hand-linked, 14-karat gold hearts is sure to become your next family heirloom, and it’s not so flashy that you can’t wear it daily. It’s the ultimate way of showing yourself some love. ($1,480, Kinn)

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A mini butterfly necklace for a touch of whimsy…

If I did win the lottery, you’d find me wearing every size and style of the butterfly necklaces from Eriness. They’re simple, elegant, and go just as well with a T-shirt and jeans as they do with an evening gown. The butterfly is a symbol of the beauty of change and will remind you of that when you wear it. ($1,395, Eriness)

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Saks Fifth Avenue

A stackable ring with a powerful message…

This slim ring is made of 18-karat gold with bright red enamel that says “Fuerza,” which means strength in Spanish. It’s your daily reminder of where you’ve been and where you’re going, all wrapped in a beautiful band you’ll never want to take off. These pieces are often low stock due to their one-of-a-kind nature, so be sure to check the brand’s page for more styles. ($1,295, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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Blue Nile

A classic tennis bracelet with petite lab-grown diamonds…

This bracelet has a total of 100 diamonds, and comes in 14-karat white, yellow, or rose gold. In our opinion, a tennis bracelet is a timeless piece meant for everyday wear. So if you’re looking for a big splurge you’ll never get tired of, this is a safe bet. ($2,700, Blue Nile)

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David Yurman

A diamond-covered signet ring that’s the ultimate luxury…

I tried this pinky ring on in the store, and I was absolutely stunned. David Yurman’s signet rings are already iconic, but when you add dozens of sparkling diamonds, the result is breathtaking. Go classic with the white gold or get the black diamond version for a bit of edge. ($2,975+, David Yurman)

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Neiman Marcus

A two-tone watch inspired by Art Deco architecture…

This Michele watch is a real beauty, from the mother of pearl face to the diamond bezel. Since it’s two-tone, it’ll look great worn with gold or silver jewelry. It’s big enough to give off a menswear vibe, while being delicate enough to complement anything you wear. Watches have been trending in a big way, and this one is sure to be an investment piece you’ll be glad you treated yourself to. ($2,995, Neiman Marcus)

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