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Finds Under $500


What do you need to buy this season?

With gold's current price level elevating the price points of some of your best basics, no doubt you're looking to add stock in the all important entry-level price category.

Retailers across the country tell us that this price category is still moving for them, especially in branded goods like Pandora, Rebecca, John Hardy, and other up-and-coming names.

In response to the challenging retail market, manufacturers and designers say they are making a real effort to introduce amazingly affordable new styles with high perceived value. We asked them to prove it, and show us their best styles that retail under $500. We picked the best finds under $500 in each category: rings, pendants, earrings, and bracelets.


RINA LIMOR FOR J.R. GOLD DESIGNS "Calypso" blue sapphire and sterling silver ring, suggested retail $500, (800) 999-0583, www.rinalimor.com.
KATHERINE JETTER fern ring in sterling silver with pink tourmaline, suggested retail $290, (212) 333-2085, www.katherinejetter.com.
ANDREA CANDELA oval antique-look ring in sterling silver, 18k gold and diamonds, suggested retail $250, (305) 539-0792, www.andreacandela.com.
SARA BLAINE satin finished sterling silver and brass ring with cutout detail featuring mother-of-pearl and smoky quartz, suggested retail $270, (770) 650-0999, www.sarablaine.com.
ARTISTRY 14k gold filigree leaf ring with 0.16 carats of diamonds, suggested retail $400, (888) 674-3250, www.artistrylimited.com.
ELLEN HIMIC DESIGNS "Swirl of Rose" ring in sterling silver plated with 18k rose gold and smoky quartz, suggested retail $365, (610) 360-5335, www.ellenhimic.com.
ELLE JEWELRY "Industrial Glam" collection ring in sterling silver with black onyx, suggested retail $145, (888) 507-3553, www.ellejewelry.com.
ANA CAVALHEIRO "London Blue Castle" ring in sterling silver with a 21 carat blue topaz, suggested retail $400, (310) 804-0076, www.anacavalheiro.com.
LUXENTER ring in rhodium-plated sterling silver with amethyst, pink quartz, and lemon quartz, suggested retail $415, (714) 838-2691, www.luxenter.com.
JUDITH RIPKA "Marina" ring in sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, and canary crystal, suggested retail $300, (212) 244-1230, www.judithripka.com.
STEPHEN WEBSTER "Rapture Muse Thorn" ring rhodium plated with diamond pavé, suggested retail $475, (212) 226-6160, www.stephenwebster.com.
KAMA SCHACHTER 14k gold ring with a half-carat of diamonds, suggested retail $499, (91) (22) 28293901, www.kamaschachter.com.
JEWELMAK hammered 14k gold ring with diamond accent, suggested retail $360, (212) 398-2999, www.jewelmak.com.
STULLER 14k gold lucky horseshoe pendant with diamonds, suggested retail $315, (800) 877-7777, www.stuller.com.
GABRIEL & CO. 18k gold and sterling silver heart locket with customizable birthstone mother's hearts visible inside, suggested retail $267, (800) 886-5422, www.gabrielny.com.
HERSHEY'S KISS pendant in sterling silver from a new licensed collection by World Trade Jewelers, suggested retail $129, (212) 983-0412, www.worldtradejewelers.com.
ARTISTRY 14k gold filigree leaf pendant with 0.15 carats of diamonds on 18-inch chain, suggested retail $400, (888) 674-3250, www.artistrylimited.com.
OSTBYE & ANDERSON 14k gold and 0.10 carat diamond pendant with chain, suggested retail $349, (763) 694-6011, www.ostbye.com.
STARHAVEN BY LIZ DONAHUE "Starlets" gothic cross, heart, peace sign, and fleur de lis necklaces in sterling silver, suggested retail $110, (972) 819-2030, www.starhavenusa.com.
ANA CAVALHEIRO necklace in sterling silver with 8.65 carat rock crystal on a 34-inch chain, suggested retail $500, (310) 804-0076, www.anacavalheiro.com.
LAGOS sterling silver pendants with chains, suggested retail $150-$195, (215) 925-1693, www.lagos.com.
ROBERTO COIN "Tiny Treasures" diamond heart pendant in 18k gold, suggested retail $500, and diamond Star of David pendant in 18k white gold, suggested retail $380, (212) 486-4545, www.robertocoin.com
LE VIAN 14k white gold dog tag necklace with paisley weave pattern, suggested retail $349, (516) 466-7250, www.levian.com
JUDITH JACK sterling silver and marcasite peace pendant, suggested retail $100, (917) 229-2730, www.judithjack.com.
MEIRA T. FOR IDI DESIGN 14k gold evil eye necklace, suggested retail $300, (212) 398-0606, www.meiratdesigns.com.
PARLE boulder opal and blue topaz sterling silver pendant, suggested retail $479, (800) 635-9800, www.parlegems.com.
RAINBOW SAPPHIRE 14k yellow gold pendant with 0.80 carats of 2mm and 3mm prong-set rainbow sapphires, suggested retail $315, (866) 31RAINBOW, www.rainbowsapphire.com.
FNUE fingerprint flower pendant with 10mm cinnamon citrine quartz, suggested retail $215, (646) 402-2959, www.lovefnue.com.
SHAESBY 18k gold forged marquise thread-thru earrings, suggested retail $350, (877) SHAESBY, www.shaesby.com.
LIKA BEHAR 24k gold and oxidized silver flower earrings, suggested retail $470, (201) 933-7200, www.likabehar.com.
M.K. DIAMONDS & JEWELRY diamond pavé hoops in 14k gold, suggested retail $495, (800) 624-2634, www.mkdandj.com.
LUXENTER earrings in rhodium-plated sterling silver with milky lemon quartz, suggested retail $278, (714) 838-2691, www.luxenter.com.
MARCO BICEGO "Siviglia" earrings in 18k yellow gold, suggested retail $500, (415) 249-3800, www.marcobicego.com.
BREUNING fluid sterling silver ribbon shape earrings, suggested retail $135, (866) 872-2842, www.breuning.com.
KATHERINE JETTER fern earrings in sterling silver with pink tourmaline studs, suggested retail $400, (212) 333-2085, www.katherinejetter.com.
ANDREA CANDELA antique-look sterling silver and 18k gold earrings with diamonds, suggested retail $400, (305) 539-0792, www.andreacandela.com.
GURHAN leather bangle with pure silver stations accented with 24k gold, suggested retail $400, (646) 230-1122, www.gurhan.com.
PANDORA starter bracelet with Murano glass and 14k gold dangle, suggested retail $270, (410) 309-0200, www.pandorajewelry.com.
MOHIT sterling silver cuff with 1.50 carats of diamonds, suggested retail $399, (91) (22) 2829-3848, www.mohitjewellery.com.
REBECCA "Cleopatra" collection bracelet in 18k gold plated bronze, suggested retail $355, (310) 319-9600, www.rebecca.it.
THISTLE & BEE quilted cushion cuff in sterling silver with cushion blue topaz, suggested retail $495, (212) 594-0418, www.thistleandbee.net
JOHN HARDY bamboo silver cage bangle, suggested retail $495, (212) 219-4288, www.johnhardy.com.
J. GOODMAN black alligator skin bracelet with sterling silver and black diamond accents and a hidden clasp, suggested retail $425, (859) 261-2086, www.zejewelry.com.
FREDERIC DUCLOS cuff in sterling silver, suggested retail $278, (866) 898-3636, www.fredericduclos.com.