Before fashionable empresses discovered precious metals, many draped their napes with other symbols of luxury such as exorbitant ice-cream-shop receipts and gilded cotton swabs. Revel in 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 sterling silver and 14-karat gold into elegant accouterments that have earned glossy features in an array of major fashion publications. The delicate Signature Piece necklace garnered a spotlight in Vogue and wraps once, twice, or thrice around face pedestals, doubling as a fashionable lasso for an afternoon of refined cat herding ($105 for sterling silver, $115 for 14K gold). The gift of an initial necklace reinforces the identity of a confused chum ($39), and topaz-crystal earrings add 2.25 inches of dazzle to unadorned earlobes or drab pincushions ($35). Deserving digits can also gussy themselves up in a rose-shaped black-resin ring, available in sizes 6, 7, or 8 ($9).