By Danielle Naer
While nearly everyone’s shopping habits have shifted this year, the fashion collective can agree on one thing: jewelry is not going anywhere. Whether your loved ones are choosing bold, waist-up pieces for Zoom happy hours or finding joy-sparking pieces with deeper meaning, a fine forever piece can make the *perfect* holiday gift in 2020 — all it takes is a little recon. To save you a trip to the department store jewelry counter, we’re rounding out 20 under-$200 jewelry gifts that hit on every trend, look luxe, and won’t break the bank.
Read on for the full trove of chic, luxe styles for less — with options in every category, from chunky acrylic bracelets to dainty herringbone necklaces.
In the timeless jewelry space, mid-sized gold hoops (like Missoma and FRAME x Mejuri’s) reigned supreme all year — and they’re forecasted to keep going strong through 2021. If you’d rather go for something with a bit more sparkle that your loved one will wear right through to New Year’s Eve, consider Fallon’s swirling ear cuffs or Jennifer Zeuner’s festive chain drop earrings.
When it comes to bracelets, everyone has a preference — your dearest may lean towards leather wrap styles or bangles, or falls somewhere in between. For the former, Ferragamo’s Gancini bracelet is a timeless, under-$200 favorite — for fans of chunky acrylic bangles, Lizzie Fortunato has a perfect fit. You certainly can’t go wrong with a personalized piece, which Gorjana’s initial-wielding bracelets are offering the minimalist way.
Right now, the “it-girl” way of wearing necklaces includes some variation of herringbone and chain-link necklaces layered together. In that case, consider gifting Argento Vivo’s lariat version with Melinda Maria’s delicate chain for the trend-forward ones on your list — or, for your significant other, go the personalized route and get your initials engraved on Electric Picks’ padlock pendant.
Whether you’re gifting a minimalist or a maximalist, you’re in luck — for under $200, there are tons of options in each column. Those who favor bold, extraverted pieces will love Nialaya Jewelry’s panther ring, which rivals Cartier’s trendsetting version. Minimalists will love Catbird’s delicate twisted ring (which nails this year’s croissant-like jewelry trend) and Yi Collection’s opalescent chainring. Does your recipient fall square in the middle? Gorjana’s Amara set and Aurate’s infinity band are sure to do the trick.