Star studded bling doesn't have to cost a fortune.

By Jené Luciani
December 16, 2011

Gucci, Prada, Louboutin-it's no secret that red carpet clothes and accessories don't come cheap. As if the couture alone isn't enough, stars usually opt for a little extra sparkle that can run upwards of ten, twenty, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. But not anymore: "Celebrities are turning to jewelry designers like Patricia Brown for their red carpet looks instead of top international jewelry houses because one of the biggest trends in fashion right now is affordable luxury," says celebrity jewelry and fashion commentator Colin McDonald.

We scouted eight celebrity looks accented by baubles you can actually buy-on a budget.

Kat Deluna in Chelsea Taylor


Whine Up singer Kat Deluna hit The Bra Book digital launch in Manhattan in this fabulous Swarovski studded leopard-print cocktail ring ($191 at from Chelsea Taylor Jewelry.

Teresa Guidice in Original Designs


It's no surprise the Real Housewives love their bling-the bigger the better-but not necessarily when it comes to the price tag. Teresa Guidice hit a recent red carpet event in this $40 Silver Disco bracelet from Original Designs.

Tinsley Mortimer in Patricia Brown


Socialite Tinsley Mortimer can surely afford the best of the best, but she recently stepped out in this wallet-friendly $129 Botanical Necklace from Patricia Brown.

Hilary Duff in Kenneth Jay Lane


Singer Hilary Duff didn't follow the rule of taking one accessory off before she left the house. Here, she layered on the Kenneth Jay Lane, and we love it. You can score this striking ring from designer rental site Bag Borrow or Steal for only $7 a week.

Jennifer Morrison in Lia Sophia


Actress Jennifer Morrison recently learned it's easy being green without spending a lot of green at an after-party for The Muppets movie premiere. She accented her gorgeous Rebecca Taylor dress and Brian Atwood heels with Linear earrings ($125 at from Lia Sophia.

Michelle Trachtenberg in Carol Brodie


Actress Michelle Trachtenberg was spotted at a New York Knicks game donning an armful of gold vermeil bangles from Rarities: Fine Jewelry by Carol Brodie. The bracelets are available on for four payments of $124 each. They're worth the investment-you'll wear them everywhere!

Katherine Heigl in Lia Sophia


Katherine Heigl headed to Taylor Swift's Speak Now concert in a casual ensemble, but she upped the glam factor with a dramatic Tudor-cut crystal necklace ($180 at from Lia Sophia.

Solange Knowles in Lia Sophia


Singer Solange Knowles hit New York Fashion Week with her famous sis in a whole slew of Lia Sophia baubles. The Horn, Arrow, and Ransom Rings, paired with the Diamond Hinged cuff bracelet, all together amount to around $550.

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