How to find fancy jewellery for less than £30

Treat yourself to dainty rings, statement earrings and luxe-looking pendants that feel expensive but don’t cost the earth.

Sure, January is a month of austerity. Of scrimping, staying in and, crucially, not looking full-priced items directly in the eye. Oh, the joys. It’s also, I’d posit, the month where we’re most in need of a pick-me-up. Something shiny and glorious. A bit of sparkle maybe? Affordable jewellery has a bit of a reputation for rusting and falling apart, but it’s come a long way in the last few years, with quality, handmade pieces from brands dedicated to offering luxury pieces at accessible prices.

HERE ARE FIVE OF THE BEST BRANDS TO KNOW

A WEATHERED PENNY

Founded in 2012, UK-based brand A Weathered Penny is picking up a cult following for its beautiful, modern pieces. Timeless but with a fashion twist, you’d be forgiven for thinking its stylish designs are pricier than they are. As it happens, pieces start from £7.50 and include gems like the sellout tortoiseshell hoops, the abstract gold oval earrings and the face necklace. Rather than tiny studs and barely there bracelets, this is your go-to for stand-out, statement-making earrings.

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A Weathered Penny marble earrings, £15

ESTELLA BARTLETT

Set up by brother and sister duo Nick and Louise Bartlett, Estella Bartlett is a mix of whimsical and delicate pieces, from pineapple earrings and gold-plated lightning studs to pretty flower-engraved pendants and the simple twisted knot bangle below. A hit with the fashion crowd, the brand is stocked in high-end retailers like Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges.

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Estella Bartlett knot bangle, £24

ORELIA

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but brands like Missoma and Monica Vinader have put forward a convincing case for semi-precious stones like malachite and rose quartz, too. If you like them, you’ll love Orelia, which offers gorgeous, expensive-looking, semi-precious gold-plated jewellery that looks and feels luxe but starts from £10. A good one to check out if you’re after fashion-forward huggie hoops and constellation studs, as well as rings and necklaces that are perfect for stacking.

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Orelia malachite necklace, WAS £40, NOW £20

ANIA HAIE

London-based jewellery brand Ania Haie started up with the aim of creating high-end jewellery with high-street prices – and that’s exactly what they’ve done. Plated in 14ct gold and 925 sterling silver, its pieces are simple, modern and beautifully crafted, plus they start from £10.

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Ania Haie modern twist chain ring, £19

ASTRID & MIYU

Known for its dainty, stackable earrings, Astrid & Miyu is a favourite with fashion editors. If you’re a fan of ear cuffs, crawlers and multiple studs, look no further.

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Astrid & Miyu mystic stud star earrings, £29

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