Throughout the decades many people have turned to costume jewelry as a cheap and chic alternative to the real thing. It can come in many designs and is extremely versatile making it a great and necessary addition to any fashionable wardrobe. Keep some pieces in your purse if you are rushing about and need to change from day to night outfits without returning home.
One of the good things about it is that, unlike precious jewels, it can be worn as a fashion item and changed whenever the mood takes you. Therefore if you get bored and fancy a change then you haven’t paid hundreds of dollars for it and so you can mix and match your jewels with your mood and outfit.
They can be bold and outrageous. You can buy large statement cocktail rings and tiaras which can add a splash of style to your outfit. If you feel like a more understated look then pair a costume necklace with a neutral outfit for some sparkle and shine. They are available in all colors and replicas of most jewels such as rubies, faux diamonds and pearls and emeralds.
So where can you find costume jewelry. It is available through many stores online and you can find vintage stores that specialize in these types of pieces. You can stumble across some similar great treasures in antique stores and flea markets and they often have unique, one of a kind pieces that are a real find. Part of the fun here is in looking for pieces.
This type of jewelry originated in the theater industry as it was used as a prop on both the stage and film set. Marilyn Monroe in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes can be seen on stage throwing what appear to be diamonds from her wrists and into the audience, but these are probably a type of costume jewel designed to appear like diamonds.
Some pieces of costume jewelry can be very expensive, in particular the bolder pieces and those that require a lot of work and design. Many fashion labels have created their own vintage style pieces which are often expensive as are the antique items which vary in price. Your best bet is to research what you like and if there is any particular historical period you are interested in. The 1920s for example may have some decadent pieces that may cost more because they are collector’s items.
If you don’t have much money then you may be glad to shop for costume jewels and certainly it takes much of the stress out of losing an expensive and irreplaceable piece since you know you didn’t pay thousands for your jewels. You can have several jewels on at a time and you can wear more for a bold and fun fashionable look.
They are made with paste and glass as the jewels and tin which is likened to metal. The whole thing is put together with a clear design and can even be made to look like an antique piece. They can be bold or muted and understated. There are some fashionable and funky pieces out there to suit all tastes.