The following is a guest post from Amanda Green. Thanks Amanda!
When we think of glamorous jewelry, we always think of diamonds – they are, afterall, supposed to be a girl’s best friend. However, a growing trend in vintage jewelry and accessories fashioned after vintage pieces has provided women with many more ways to remain fashionable and sophisticated. In fact, instead of paying a small fortune, or having your significant other pay a small fortune, for diamonds, consider opting for one of the following inexpensive, yet classy options:
The brilliant green color of an emerald is a sure way to catch attention when you walk into a room. Most emeralds are set in rings or necklaces, and look great in silver, gold or white gold – so no matter what precious metal is your preference, you’ll be able to find an emerald that fits your wardrobe.
The unique purple color of this quartz makes it a great fit for an amethyst ring. Usually seen as the birthstone of February babies, this stone actually makes a great accessory for any gold lover. It is also one of the lest expensive precious stones.
Opals come in a variety of colors that make them fun to pick out. No opal really looks like another so when you buy one you get a truly unique piece. They are softer stones; however, so interested buyers should make sure that they won’t get one in a setting that will get bumped or hit often.
While pearls may not be a stone, they make our list because, like diamonds, they are absolutely timeless. Although a high end strand of pearls can be expensive, they are still less expensive than diamonds and are fashionable no matter what setting or what occasion.
Kate Middleton’s famous ring is a blue sapphire, and there is a reason for it – they are absolutely gorgeous! The stunning color and allure of a blue sapphire make it the quintessential accessory to any vintage lover and they are always sophisticated.
However, if you find that you just have to have a diamond, consider choosing a cultured diamond instead. They look just as brilliant, and they are much more inexpensive than mined diamonds.