Before fashionable empresses discovered the ease of precious metals, many draped their napes with other symbols of wealth, such as exorbitant receipts and gilded rickshaws. Revel in the accessibility of modern adornments with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of handmade necklaces, earrings, and cocktail rings from Lucid New York online.
Lucid New York designer Anna Sabino forges casual and elegant jewelry in sterling silver and 14-karat gold. Featured in Vogue and many other publications, the Signature Piece necklace ($115) wraps once, twice, or thrice around head pedestals or can be wound into a festive lasso for an afternoon of refined cat herding. Remind friends of the correct spelling of their names with initial necklaces ($39 each) in 14-karat gold or sterling silver; each character stretches about half an inch in length. Topaz crystal earrings ($35) add 2.25 inches of pizzazz to unadorned earlobes or a beloved mannequin, and deserving digits can be gussied up with a rose-shaped black resin ring ($9), available in sizes 6, 7, or 8.