If you think you need to spend a million bucks on getting your statement necklace for a special occasion, you are highly mistaken. Just like everything, Fine Jewelry is not far behind in creating viable and realistic alternatives. First you need a brief introduction to the alternative to fine jewelry, its called costume jewelry.
Who doesn’t want to look like a million bucks? But if you are not high on budget, there are alternatives you wouldn’t want to ignore.
But don’t get swayed by the word “ costume”, thinking its junk crappy jewelry, which you see in local markets with the peddlers. In the middle of the 20th century, costume jewelry created a spur in the market when stars like Elizabeth Taylor wore fashion jewelry in movies. Also, costume jewelry got commercialized more when high-end designer like Coco Chanel entered the market with her Chanel costume jewelry collection.
In India, there are a lot of jewelry dealers who sell cheap looking jewelry claiming it to resemble high-end costume jewelry. Fashion jewelry and costume jewelry are kind of synonymous and offer you the benefit of being affordable while imitating the visual appearance of fine aka real jewelry. But you have to really examine whether the costume jewelry is cheap imitation or a good imitation. High-end costume jewelry uses fine quality of semi precious stones and plated metals, which look so authentic that it’s hard to tell the difference when seen by a layman. By creating the look of real jewelry, you can achieve the look in just a few thousand bucks. Aishwarya Rai in Jodha Akbar movie wore costume jewelry.
The Indian jewelry market has a variety of options for costume jewelry. Loads of retailers online as well as in the local market promote and sell costume jewelry. Costume jewelry can also be used in place of authentic Wedding jewelry if you are not a fan of big heavy neckpieces and don’t consider it a practical investment. The resale value of polki and precious gems and stones is really low. So the big diamond sets with rubies and sapphires will depreciate in value as time goes by. In case of diamonds, it’s hard to imitate the brilliance but glass blowers create the effect of precious tones. Even in case of pearl costume jewelry, the makers use plastic beads with high glossy coating to get the pearl look at a cheap price. That’s why imitation jewelry can help you save a lot of money and give you a guilt free experience of looking like a stunner on your big day.
Costume jewelry retailers have been doing a good business online through big online shopping websites like Pernia’s and Koovs, which have quite a few options of descent fashion jewelry. Upcoming designers like Eina Ahluwalia and Ritika Sachdeva have some breathtaking gold plated jewelry with semi precious stones outlay. Another retailer named, Bushra designer Jewelry from the Middle East, has an extensive range of costume jewelry, which is mesmerizing to the core and will make you fall in love with fashion jewelry. They have a variety of wedding jewelry in kundan and semi precious gems. Ranging from earrings to hatha phool to passa to polki imitation necklaces, everything speaks of authenticity and style. You need to have a smart eye to pick up a good piece of costume jewelry.
Here, we are not aiming at getting cheap quality imitations but really good classy pieces of jewelry designed with high craftsmanship and expertise. The fashion jewelry market is an age-old concept now at the peak of commercialization; so don’t shy away from costume jewelry while collecting jewelry for your wedding functions.
By: Vidhi Sagar