So you’d like to buy your wife/partner/girlfriend some jewellery, but don’t know how to do it without bankrupting yourself?
I love jewellery, but I love saving money too. This can make it difficult if you want ‘original’ jewellery, because it can make us tempted by the likes of Pandora or Tiffany, but then we are talking mega bucks.
A few years ago I was a fan of Schwarovsky because of all the sparkles, but then I fell foul of their returns policy after getting the wrong sized ring for a birthday present (due to going on holiday straight after, I couldn’t return it as I had taken too long).
So the question is, how to still get a sparkle fix and not cost a fortune?
Here are my Top 3 Tips for buying gorgeous jewellery on a budget.
1) Original designers on Etsy, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram
There are loads of people out there making gorgeous unusual pieces.
Lady muck is a good example; she sent me this wonderful Alice in wonderland broach which I put on my denim jacket. I’ve never been sure what to do with a broach, but this works perfectly; just a little bit cooky/vintage too which is great for me. (If you have little ones make sure you check the metal circle every now and again that holds the charm on the brooch).
One of my favourite people is GreenfroggyFae, who normally sells her pieces locally, and I’ve been nagging her for months to get on the internet, and at last she has a shop! She specialises in pieces made from old watches, and has a really creative style.
Wave some pictures in front of the love of your life and mention words like ‘vintage’, ‘silver’, ‘gold’, ‘crystals’, ‘under stated’, ‘fashion statement’ to see which words they pick up on the most. If you are going for colour, have a look at what they already have, and what colour their clothes are; you don’t want to repeat what they have, but also don’t want to choose colours they never wear.
2) Local crystal shop
I actively have to avoid my local crystal shop as the kids and I are suckers for anything that sparkles, and I really do have enough crystals. But I have treated us to a couple of visits recently, and this is what I came back with. Don’t you think that ring is gorgeous, and much better than anything you could get normally in the shops?
For anyone near me who doesn’t know where to go, this came from Destiny Rising, which is at Battlers Green Farm in Radlett.
They can have added benefits of being ‘good for you’ too. So it’s wise to go knowing when they were born (star sign), and wether they have any ailments or problems needing fixing at the moment.
3) Charity shop
On one of my declutter trips to the local charity shop I actually got a chance to check out some of the stuff that they had.
Now you might not like this gorgeously sparkly bracelet, but I thought it was a real find , if maybe only right for summer wearing. However, there was loads of much more tasteful stuff, so get yourself down to your local charity shop for a treat!
I go on my intuition; so rather than go in every week to see if there is something there for me, I go when I get a big urge to visit the shop.
What do you think of my finds?
Where’s the best place for you to get lovely sparkly things that don’t cost a fortune?