My Friend Has $200 to Spend on Jewelry—I Suggested These 38 Chic Pieces



Diamonds are a girl's best friend. Or if you're like me, diamonds aren't exactly on your "can buy" list at the moment. As much as I love jewelry and dressing up, I own just a few fine-jewelry pieces. The rest are studded, plated costume jewelry that are just as fun without costing anywhere near what I would have paid otherwise. 

Now that the holidays are over, all of my friends are looking to make smart purchases with the money they received from their parents, partners, or friends. After debating the merits of cubic zirconia and gold-plated versus gold vermeil, I sent my friends a long list of fun, exciting, low-cost jewelry to wear out to special occasions and while on their way to the grocery store. Truly, you can never have too many gold huggie earrings. 

Below, the best jewelry finds I dropped in my group chat that my friends bought nearly immediately. Run, don't walk, to the checkout line before these gems sell out. 

You can't go wrong with a simple, thin ring. 

These fun, beaded Gen Z necklaces are everywhere. 

Only the best chain for a casual outing. 

Square hoops are a bit funkier than the regular circular styles.

I can't keep this Mango find to myself—it's too good.

Ultra-chunky, vintage-looking pieces are all over the runways right now.

Heart motifs will be everywhere this spring.

We're loving the subtle drop-earring trend at the moment. 

And now, your next statement earrings.

Presenting your next necklace: this ultra-dainty number.

Mixing materials is so in right now.

The heart trend isn't just for cord necklaces.

Another day, another heart necklace I've fallen in love with.