These six styles of designer costume jewelry can guarantee you look incredible without breaking the bank.
#1—Wear gold vermeil
Here’s a little secret few designers share: when it comes to pure gold jewelry, you can get the same look for a fraction of the price.
The secret lies in the materials. Fine jewelry is made from solid gold, sterling silver, or platinum. However, few people know that silver and gold, both precious metals, have vastly different prices.
Instead of using solid gold, you can cover silver with a thin layer of gold for the same effect—but at a more accessible price.
This technique is known asgold vermeil, and artisans have used it since ancient times.
OurTianna Sparkle Ring (pictured, $59) is a designer-style ring available in 18-karat rose and yellow gold vermeil.
Vermeil jewelry is made entirely of precious metals but with a technique that makes designer styles available for everyone.
#2—Look for minimalist designs
If you’ve ever seen pictures of celebrities on the red carpet, you know they go all out with their jewelry. These pieces are so expensive, most stars can only afford to rent them for the night.
Off the red carpet, celebrities have a little trick for looking photogenic all the time—minimalist jewelry.
You see, a dainty lightweight necklace like theClementine 3-in-1 Choker Necklace (pictured, $99) comes straight from the lookbooks of the world’s most prominent designers.
But minimalist jewelry pulls off red carpet looks without the ostentatious jewels and gaudy metals you’ll see at the Oscars.
And the price difference is staggering. A thin necklace costs a fraction of something more showy.
But it catches more eyes with understated elegance.
#3—Buy semi-precious stones
Did you know there are hundreds of types of natural gemstones?
Each one has a unique color, brilliance, and reflectivity.
But there are only four considered “precious.” They are diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.
There’s no doubt these four stones are gorgeous. But hundreds of other semi-precious stones have unique qualities that make them stand apart.
That’s why designers are turning more and more toward unusual stones, like the blue topaz in thisGaren Ring (pictured, $59). It has a one-of-a-kind color and texture, and no two stones are exactly alike.
By exchanging precious gems for semiprecious stones, you can add a unique touch and save thousands.
#4—Try vintage jewelry (it’s “in” again!)
Few trends are as strong as vintage and retro styles. That’s right, your mother’s and grandmother’s looks are now the inspiration for the world’s top jewelry designers!
Whatever the look you’re going for, you can find a vintage style to match. TheEmma Vintage Ring (pictured, $59), for example, is a perfect dainty addition to your everyday outfit.
These vintage styles have another benefit—they’re eternally stylish. Vintage accessories have the classic, iconic style of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
And the best part? There are dozens of vintage styles that are more affordable than you might think.
#5—Add sparkle with Swarovski crystals
Daniel Swarovski, the founder of the crystals brand, had a dream to make crystals as precious as diamonds.
Over a century later, his innovative gem-cutting techniques have made Swarovski crystals a sign of luxury and opulence.
There are dozens of gems that can add a sparkle to your outfit, from diamond to quartz and everything in between.
But few have the rich history and quality of Swarovski crystals, like those on ourSwarovski Stud Earrings (pictured, $59).
Yet unlike mined gemstones, the allure of crystals comes without such a hefty price tag.
#6—Switch out diamonds for cubic zirconia
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they’re not the best friend of her bank account!
Because they’re formed naturally over extended periods in the earth’s crust, diamonds are scarce and prohibitively expensive.
But if you’re looking for a large diamond at an affordable price, you’re in luck. Today’s gemologists have realized that cubic zirconia has the same gorgeous brilliance as natural diamonds.
Using this unique gem, you can afford incredible designer pieces, like the Cara Zirconia Ring (pictured $59), without the price tag.
The Cara Ring comes with a 6.03-carat stone. If it were a diamond, it would be among the world’s most valuable natural treasures.
Instead, this kind of once-of-a-lifetime piece can be something you wear every day.
How to wear designer costume jewelry
Now you know six secrets to affordable designer costume jewelry.
Whether you’re looking for a stunning piece to wear every day or just a ring for a special occasion, there are plenty of ways to achieve the look of a famous jewelry designer without splurging.
Look for more affordable alternatives, like gold vermeil instead of solid gold and crystals or cubic zirconia instead of diamonds.
Semi-precious stones can add a unique look, and timeless vintage and minimalist styles will stay fashionable for years.
Today, once-selective designer looks can be for everyone.