For the past new years I’ve been building a collection of costume jewelry and I want to spread the news that (1) costume doesn’t mean ugly, and (2) costume doesn’t need to mean cheaply made.
I’m not a huge fan of fine jewelry; mostly because the pieces I do like are way out of my price range, and the pieces that are in my price range are kind of twee and bland for my taste. Give me costume any day!
The necklace above is a foray into faux tortoise; it’s a Liz Claiborne piece from Macy’s. I do wish it were a bit longer, but that’s easy to change because I can go to A.C. Moore and just buy chain to make an extender. The resin and Swarovski crystal bangles are Kenneth Jay Lane and are brand new on QVC.com – aren’t they fabulous? I really want them and they also come in clear and black in addition to faux tortoise and black. I may also look for a nice silver chain necklace with big links to wear with this; I like to double up necklaces.
I wear my faux Chanel jacket all the time with these pieces; the pearls came from the Store Who Shall Not Be Named, the Voldemort of Retail. This strand is 48 inches long, perfect for doubling up. The glass pearls are nice and heavy, and each is individually knotted. The black & silver necklace was made by RivkasMom on Etsy, and it’s made from a gunmetal chain, lava rock beads, and the beads are embellished with Swarovski crystals.
Somestimes I wear just the pearls along with this brooch; it’s Monet from about 2-3 years ago.
The necklace on the jacket below I found about 2 years ago in Filene’s Basement; I love the bold colors, and the way it nicely fills in a neckline. The brooch is 20 years old at least, I think it’s Catherine Stein but it’s unmarked and I forgot who made it long ago.
I’m always on the look out for cool costume pieces, and good sources include Etsy.com, QVC.com, as well as discounters like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Costume jewelry gets marked down pretty fast, and you can get some great deals. The most expensive piece here was $60.