The Basic Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Should Own (Plus My Favorite Affordable Jewelry Brands)

Jewelry Basics

Have you ever wondered what jewelry you NEED for your wardrobe? I talk a lot about those all-important wardrobe basics both here and on YouTube. The basics will help you look more polished and stylish with less effort. Jewelry is definitely one of the must-haves. 

If you missed my video on must-have jewelry and accessories, I get even more in-depth on jewelry options! Today, I’m want to break down those everyday, jewelry basics that every woman should have. 

VIDEO: Must-Have Jewelry & Accessories – Discover The Essentials

Basic Jewelry every women should own, Fashion blogger wearing Julie Vos cuff bracelets with white pearl

#1 | Statement Jewelry

First I want to start with statement jewelry because it’s the most fun! I suggest you have at least ONE piece that makes a statement. Whatever piece of statement jewelry you chose is completely up to you. It should reflect your style and personality and be something you truly love! Some of my favorite statement jewelry are these gorgeous Julie Vos bracelets (here and here), I’m wearing above. They are so beautiful, high-quality, and make the right amount of statement without being over the top! They are versatile, wearable, and effortless all while adding pop to your look.

Shop more Julie Vos here.
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February Favorites 2018 featuring onebyonejewellery, one by one jewellery in the UK, dainty gold circle necklace

#2 | Everyday Jewelry

Having jewelry you can wear every single day is a major must-have! These pieces are really a personal preference. I like finding pieces that are unique! But not too unusual. One tip…since these are pieces you’ll wear every day, you might want to spend a little more to get higher quality gold and/or silver. Don’t forget the 80/20 rule. Spend 80% of your budget on high-quality basics and 20% on trends. If you are wearing these pieces every day, you want them to last.

What Should You Own?

You should find at least 1 of each category below. A bonus would be 1 of each in both gold and silver! If you only have the budget for 1 of each, then choose pieces that have mixed metals. That way they will go easily with both gold and silver.

Everyday Necklaces

My Favorite Everyday Necklace
Affordable Everyday Necklace

Everyday Bracelets

My Favorite Everyday Bracelet
Affordable Everyday Bracelet

Everyday Earrings

My Favorite Everyday Earrings
Affordable Everyday Earrings

Everyday Rings

My Favorite Everyday Ring
Affordable Everyday Ring

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My Favorite Jewelry Lines

Most of these brands are a little pricier. Keep scrolling for where to find the best affordable jewelry!

Elizabeth Cole
Julie Vos
Tat2 Designs
Giles & Brother
Alexis Bittar
David Webb
Anna Beck
Monica Vinader

Affordable Jewelry Favorites

Obviously, we’d all like to stock our jewelry drawers with higher quality, more durable jewelry that will last longer. Unfortunately, that usually means more expensive pieces. But I wanted to share where you can find more affordable jewelry options…

Affordable Jewelry, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of sharing her favorite affordable jewelry included these metallic earrings from Express, wearing a black flutter sleeve top and distressed blue jeans with rose gold metallic feather earrings from Express in Telluride, Colorado Affordable Jewelry, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of sharing her favorite affordable jewelry included these metallic earrings from Express, wearing a black flutter sleeve top and distressed blue jeans with rose gold metallic feather earrings from Express in Telluride, Colorado

Affordable Jewelry, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of sharing her favorite affordable jewelry included these metallic earrings from Express, wearing a blush button up short with a pre-layered necklace from Express in Telluride, Colorado

#1 | Express

Did you see my recent post on work from home outfits? Both looks were from Express and perfect for spring even if you’re not working from home! In both looks I featured, I’m wearing two beautiful pieces…a necklace and some earrings. Express has a great mix of everyday jewelry as well as statement pieces. And I love all of their pre-layered necklaces!

Nordstrom Sale Jewelry, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of wearing a bar necklace by Gorjana from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

#2 | Gorjana

Gorjana is another jewelry brand that has beautiful pieces at super affordable prices. And they’re great quality! They have perfect, everyday pieces for you to build your must-have jewelry collection. Plus, some trendier, modern pieces. All of their necklaces are perfect for layering too! Most of their pieces are 18k gold plated and pretty durable!

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#3 | Baublebar

Baublebar is a cool brand to turn to when you’re looking for fun, playful pieces that are on-trend. They do have some classic pieces but most of it is pretty trendy! They also have personalization options for bracelets, necklaces, phone cases, hair accessories, etc. I will say that these pieces aren’t as high quality, but they are fun to shop for new trends each season. And super affordable!

Fall Jewelry, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of wearing three wrap bracelets by Victoria Emerson with dark wash skinny jeans, white fuzzy polo sweater, and Veja sneakers in Telluride, CO

#4 | Victoria Emerson

I’ve featured Victoria Emerson jewelry on the site multiple times. I love their gorgeous wrap bracelets! They also have affordable and chic watches and watch bands. These bracelets are for those of you who have your basics covered and want some new, pretty arm candy! If you don’t have those wardrobe basics checklists, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter here. I also break down everything you need to know about the jewelry/accessories section of the wardrobe basics checklist in this post.

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#5 | Shashi

Shashi is very similar to Gorjana. They have classic pieces with modern twists. This is a great brand for basics! Most of the pieces are 18K gold plated and durable. They carry bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, etc.

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Bonus | Argento Vivo

Argento Vivo is carried at Nordstrom and I always love to check out the brand and see what’s new! They have great earrings!

What are your favorite jewelry brands? Please share in the comments below!

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