Pretty, Grown-Up Jewelry Under $200 to Buy For Yourself

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For my 13th birthday, my aunt bought me a real pearl bracelet. I admired its undersea glow around my grubby little wrist, but to be honest, I was much more interested in my set of pink and black Hot Topic rubber wristbands. It took me about 10 years to realize just how lucky I was to own such a classy piece, and by then, the long-suffering elastic had worn right through — I had nothing but a handful of loose freshwater pearls to call my own. There are a few lessons in that, one of which is, "Don't spend real money on 13-year-olds."

Whether you grew up dripping in diamonds or subsiding on naught but the occasional dangly earrings shoplifted from Claire's, there comes a time in every young woman's life when she should start buying herself nice jewelry. And a little bird told me that that time is now, while all those holiday checks from kind older relatives are burning a hole in your pocket.

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