We are all guilty of buying cheap as jewelry and trying to pass it off as the real thing. In fact we do it with other clothing pieces not just jewelty.

Inexpensive jewelry is one of our shopping weaknesses, so naturally we have a lot of experience in what looks luxurious even when it isn’t and the telltale signs of low quality.

So if we have to do it, we might as well do it right.

Making cheap jewelry look expensive

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We figure you might enjoy budget jewelry shopping as much as we do, so here are our top five tips to keep in mind next time you pick up an affordable piece of jewelry.

1) Choose slightly darker metals instead of shiny ones

Too-shiny metal is a dead giveaway of inexpensive materials. Instead, opt for pieces that have slightly darker coloring.

2) Avoid plastic gemstones

Even if you’re a die-hard glitzy girl, we recommend avoiding plastic gemstones, especially of the neon variety. Instead, opt for clear crystals, which will still give you a bit of glamour while still feeling elevated.

3) Wear metals that won’t turn your skin green

In the realm of inexpensive jewelry, look for jewelry made of gold vermeil, which won’t leave color residue on your skin. Avoid copper, nickel, and gold-plated jewelry, which can leave telling green marks!

4) Any jewelry that feels flimsy and light weight is a no-no

You want to pick affordable jewelry that has a little bit of weight too it. Flimsy and lightweight baubles almost always look cheap.

5) Choose the right kind of statement necklace

A blingy bib necklace may seem like an easy way to dress up an otherwise boring outfit, but they can feel a bit common and cheap. When picking a statement necklace, look for geometric chokers, sculptural pieces, or pieces with vintage charm or an ethnic vibe.

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