NorwIndian, you have a pretty good budget and your daughter is a similar age to my kids. I'm with you, I think a necklace might be the way to go? Is your daughter very traditional or a little more artsy (like mine)? My daughter and son's girlfriend both love handcrafted, artisan jewelry much more than regular jewelry store items, not that they can afford either right now. My daughter has designers on Etsy that she would love to make her wedding rings someday. There are stores in Portland that feature beautiful handcrafted items like pendants, earrings or bracelets that I know they like. You may have stores in your area that feature such things, too. I just googled "jewelry and Portland" and came up with a number of stores that are quite popular for that age group. There is a store there that also has an online store and is part of a chain, too. It is called Twist and I think the jewelry there is quite beautiful without being too old looking. And it fairly unique. I just checked it out and found some necklaces that were beautiful. My favorite was out of your budget at about $4,000! But there are many items under $1,000. I hope this helps you on your quest.