Somewhere along the line, I feel like yellow gold fell out of favor when it comes to rings. Silver, white gold, or platinum became the go-to, especially for engagement and wedding rings.
And then came Meghan!
When she showed off her yellow gold engagement ring in 2017 sales of the metal took off. According to the World Gold Council, the first quarter of 2018 showed the strongest demand for gold jewelry since 2009. The Meghan Effect is real, people.
As we’ve got to know Meghan’s style over the past two years, we’ve seen her wear a lot more yellow gold. Her typical jewelry look includes delicate gold rings worn on multiple fingers, including thumb rings. It’s a look I was eager to copy. I LOVED a thumb ring back in high school and it once again feels fresh and modern.
I seriously adore the Duchess of Cambridge’s amazing colored gemstone rings, pendants, and earrings. Especially from Kiki McDonough. But as a busy working mom, I rarely have occasion to wear flashy jewels like those … or the budget.
Meghan’s jewelry style feels much more accessible to me. While I still rock my oversized earrings and statement necklaces, I’ve come to really like the look of a few thin gold rings and simple stud or climber earrings. And as I move through my thirties, I find myself wanting to invest in slightly nicer pieces, not just fun costume jewelry.
If you read my Meghan Markle jewelry post earlier this year, you might remember I purchased a thumb ring from Blush and Bar. I heard about the company on Instagram and quickly fell in love with their minimalistic gold designs.
The company markets itself as a step above costume jewelry. They sell dainty, everyday pieces perfect for those of us who can’t quite afford expensive fine jewelry but don’t want costume jewelry quality. Their simple rings, earrings, and necklaces are the type you can wear every day with any outfit, no matter how casual.
I also appreciate how their rings are offered in sterling silver, 18k yellow gold vermeil, or 18k rose gold vermeil so you can get the metal look that most fits your wardrobe/personality.
Blush and Bar recently reached out asking if I’d like to feature some of their rings on the blog. I was happy to say yes because I was already a fan of the brand, but also because I think their aesthetic is quite similar to Meghan’s.
I chose three rings that were similar in feel to the Duchess of Sussex’s so you could get an idea of how you can copy her look for less!
The Sasha Sparkle Ring
This is my favorite of the three rings I received from Blush and Bar. I love the graduated cluster of stones and it’s super sparkly (hence the name!). Meghan’s rings from Birks might feature diamonds, but for those of us on a budget, cubic zirconia will do just fine. This ring is dainty but eye-catching at the same time.
The Olivia Twist Ring
If you have small fingers like me, finding a ring that fits properly can be a pain. Especially a thumb ring! That’s why I love this one, as it bends to adjust any finger. I do find myself wishing I had chosen another ring with some sparkle to it, as this one is quite plain. But other than that, it’s a great everyday ring and good for stacking with others.
The Genna Stackable Ring
The stones on this one are not nearly as chunky as they look in this mega-closeup picture. It has a different, slightly more contemporary vibe than the more petite Sasha Sparkle ring, but the two rings look great when stacked together. I love how the stones are arranged across the band on this ring! Definitely a more interesting design than setting the gems straight across.
Save on Your Markle Sparkle
The rings I received are all $59 each, but right now they’re running a special 3 for $99 promo. This includes free shipping and a free gift worth $39! You can also use one of these spend and save codes where you’ll get a free ring when you buy 3 or more.
Use code PICK3 and get 3 rings for $99
Use code PICK5 and get 5 rings for $177 (Buy 3 Get 2 FREE)
Use code PICK7 and get 7 rings for $236 (Buy 4 Get 3 FREE)
I think $59 is a fair price for a handmade ring, especially considering many higher-end costume jewelry brands charge upwards of $70 for a ring that’s gold or silver plated over brass.
Blush and Bar only uses 925 sterling silver or a thick layer of 18k gold over sterling silver, so you definitely won’t get any chipping or flaking of metal (or gross green discoloration on your fingers!).
One thing to keep in mind is the delivery time can be long. It took about 2 weeks for me to receive my rings in America, as the jewelry is shipped from China. However, each piece is individually handmade by a team led by a master jewelry craftsman (you can read more about their process here). Everything is ethically sourced and conflict-free. This is definitely not a cheap, mass-produced product.
And for my international readers, Blush and Bar ships worldwide!
Thanks again to Blush and Bar for sending these rings. I’ve been wearing them nearly every day and I know they’ll be a regular part of my jewelry look this fall and beyond!