With the high price of genuine metals and gemstones these days, costume jewelry purchases are pretty essential when it comes to accessorizing oneself. But that doesn't mean that they have to scream costume jewelry, if you catch our drift. Luckily, there are a variety of lovely pieces out there that won't put a dent in your bank account or your style. The key is to look for costume jewelry with certain characteristics that could be mistaken for fine jewelry, but for a fraction of the price. Scroll down to see what the characteristics are, and shop our picks of the most expensive-looking types of costume jewelry!
A chunky faux gemstone-laden statement necklace isn't your best bet when seeking expensive-looking jewelry. Instead, look for daintier, simpler necklaces and chokers. Smaller amounts of metal are more easily mistaken for genuine.
Onyx is an inexpensive genuine stone that always adds a cool, edgy touch, and the opacity of pearls keeps people guessing, as opposed to a translucent gemstone that's obviously plastic or glass.
Dainty, thin rings have a smaller surface area than their bold, chunky statement ring counterparts, hiding the fact that they're not made of 14k gold or the like.
Gold-plated pieces are often too shiny and yellow to pass as genuine. Conversely, brushed brass doesn't try to be anything it's not. Our favorite way to wear the metal is in the form of a sleek, minimal cuff.
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