When I was fresh out of college, I worked with a vibrant, older woman who was a real inspiration to me. She has a fabulous sense of style – classic, with a touch of irreverence – that I tried my best to emulate. One day she arrived to work sporting an enormous, emerald-cut Cartier inspired sapphire ring surrounded by sparkling diamonds. She told me that her husband had simply surprised her with it the night before. And, agog at the size, I mentally calculated that the ring must have cost at least as much as my car!
After begging to try it on myself, she chuckled and confided to me – it was a FAKE! I’ve never looked at costume jewelry the same way again.
Yesterday, when the June issue of Town and Country arrived, I was reminded of that stunning ring as I leafed through the alluring jewelry advertisements. The magazine’s pages were simply filled with oversized cocktail rings sporting vibrantly colored gems and acres of icy diamonds. Cartier, in particular showcased rings that literally made my heart beat a little faster.
A check of the price tags quickly dampened my enthusiasm, however, since prices started at about $12,000! But, taking inspiration from my former mentor, I sought out some reasonably priced alternatives.
Above are a few examples of well designed, well-crafted Cartier inspired rings that more than hit the mark style wise, and won’t bankrupt you. Just don’t tell anyone they’re not the real thing… we’ll keep that between us!
- Dannijo rhinestone ring ($92 – stylebop.com)
- Kate Spade slip ring ($98 – katespade.com)
- Michael Kors pave ring ($95 – bloomingdales.com)
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