If you can't afford the wedding ring you wanted or if the earrings at which you looked last month have jumped another $100, blast off a nasty-gram to your Congressmen. The blustering and posturing in DC has lessened the global market's confidence in the US dollar, contributing to the high cost of gold. Our elected representatives must extend the debt ceiling and start seriously cutting the national debt- their sound and fury doing nothing is also resulting in jewelers going out of business. Tell them to get to work!
For inspiration, take a look at this pretty gold and pearl Victorian necklace from 1st Dibs. It has a modern sensibility but look at that workmanship! Look at that gold!