What makes jewelry look expensive? How to make inexpensive jewelry look expensive? Here’s the solutions.
No one wants cheap-looking jewelry, and we all cannot afford high-end jewelry. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting and wearing inexpensive jewelry that automatically makes you look expensive.
Below, we look at all the ways that you could make your jewelry look expensive.
What makes jewelry look expensive?
At the end of the day, we’ve got to all agree that there is a very thin line between buying unreasonably priced jewelry and buying affordable jewelry that looks more expensive than it really is.
For the most part, most of us will opt for option two, especially when we know all the nice and subtle ways of making that inexpensive jewelry look expensive.
The catch is that we don’t all know how to create an illusion of expensive out of inexpensive, and mastering the art of making a piece breathtaking and apparently expensive is what some would consider art.
However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot do it too. Mastery of the arts of jewelry and being able to turn simple into masterpieces might not be one of those things that you were born with, but it is something you can learn.
That said, here are some of the things you need to know about making your inexpensive jewelry look expensive.
1.If it looks grownup, it looks expensive.
You might not agree with this in the beginning, but just one try will confirm that all those grown-up jewelry pieces actually look expensive.
When it comes to fashion and art, the most beautiful jewelry pieces show off their beauty through the maturity of the design concepts and the level of refinement of the design.
So, while we (women) have this incurable need to find cutesy curios, there are many cases where you’d want to put away that side of you and opt for more mature pieces.
This means moving away from the unicorns and butterflies to the lady-like aisle. On this other side of fashion and maturity, you will find sophistication, simplicity, and elegance.
This shift also means avoiding bright and the fantasy creatures, opting instead for meaningful designs and concrete shapes.
2.Pick pearls over charms
Pearls are timeless, which is why high-fashion events see the use of real pearls.
Charms look childish and cheap, two things you are trying to avoid.
The good news is that you don’t have to wear real pearls to look elegant.
Farm pearls are inexpensive, and they will levitate the appearance of your jewelry, making you look expensive and chic.
Bling often looks cheap, especially when it has too much bright yellow to it.
But you can turn that bling around by getting jewelry with a nice touch of enamel or gems. Opt for golden rather than the yellow pieces.
4.Pick jewelry with rich enamel work/ elements
While the enameled baubles are inexpensive compared to gemstones, they look and feel just as good and expensive.
However, you need to be careful not to pick poor quality enamel works because sloppy enamel jewelry will downgrade your looks instantly, as they look trivial and cheap.
5 tips to Make Your Inexpensive Jewelry Look Expensive
Now that we know about all the things that make inexpensive jewelry look expensive let’s take a look at some of the things you could to do to make your inexpensive jewelry look expensive.
1.Pairing with luxe pieces
One of the best ways of making inexpensive jewelry look expensive is pairing the inexpensive piece with an expensive, luxe piece.
Mixing and matching mean that both pieces look expensive, and most of the time, no one can tell that one piece is expensive and that the other isn’t.
But don’t wear two inexpensive pieces hoping to look expensive. That won’t work.
Something else you could do, add luxe prints in your wardrobe. You need luxe fabrics because these will distract lookers from any inexpensive jewelry you might have on.
2.Pick smaller jewelry pieces
If you want to look expensive, you need to stop wearing the obnoxiously big pieces of jewelry.
Avoid large pieces of costume jewelry, specifically, earrings and necklaces, especially the dangly piece with beads and charms everywhere.
The reason for this is that the big fake pieces of jewelry make it easier for anyone to spot signs of shoddy workmanship.
On the other hand, smaller stud earrings or chains appear more expensive, even when made of cheap materials.
3.Don’t wear tarnished jewelry
And work on preventing tarnish on your jewelry.
For your inexpensive fashion/ costume jewelry, this means using clear nail polish or glossy spray paint.
The light, clear coat acts as a barrier to the jewelry, and it will prevent tarnishing, while also preventing irritation of the skin.
4.Perfume is your jewelry’s worst enemy.
If you are into perfumes and love to spritz some before you run out of the door, you might want to stop and take time to think about the harm you might be causing your jewelry, and most importantly, it’s time to rethink how you wear your perfume.
If you must wear perfume, you need to remember that perfume and all other alcohol-based products will break down the protective coating over your jewelry, making them wear out and grow old too soon.
To keep the jewelry safe and keep them looking nice and expensive for a long time, you need to stop wearing the jewelry immediately you leave the bathroom and wear your perfume a few minutes before wearing jewelry.
The idea is to let the perfume/ lotion/ cream dry out before you wear jewelry.
The same way you carefully fold and put away your clothes and put away your shoes in shoe trees with a lot of care is the same way you should be treating your jewelry.
Find nice and soft jewelry boxes or pouches to keep the jewelry in, and always keep your jewelry in a cool and dry place.
Avoid humid areas. A lined drawer, jewelry box, or closet would work well.
Understanding the elements and design features that make inexpensive jewelry look expensive, elegant, and classy is an art we must all learn.
And since your attempts to look expensive might go down the wrong path really fast, it’s important to follow the tips and guidelines above to always look elegant on a budget.
Avoid metals that are too shiny and bright, flimsy, and fake gemstones. Also, stop wearing it if it turns your skin green.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.