Your trusty fashion accessories play no small part in dressing up your outfit. In fact, I think many girls can agree with me when I say that the easiest way to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe is through costume jewellery. Now a days, finding something to complement your outfit is easy and affordable. In New York, I am blessed with street vendors (though, some can be rather …dodge-y), little markets with talented local accessories designers, and fast fashion retailers a-plenty. We may take it for granted, but costume jewellery actually became popularized less than a century ago! Before that? Wearing necklaces, rings, bracelets… anything that cost you less than an arm and a leg was much less common (I am only half joking).
So what exactly is costume jewellery? The term ‘costume’ is really what we refer now to as an outfit! Costume jewellery can be synonymous with junk jewellery, fake jewellery, trinkets, or more pleasantly known as fashion jewellery. Originally made from inexpensive materials like simulated gemstones, semi-precious stones, metals, plastics, woods, costume jewellery has come far in the variety and the quality that is available. ‘Real’ jewellery are ones that are generally more pricey, or made from rarer materials are known as ‘fine jewellery’. Baublebar is a fantastic place to find your latest fashion jewellery, as opposed to a place like Harrods, which would be a lovely place to turn to for a stunning selection of fine jewellery brands.
Those of us familiar with fashion icon Coco Chanel may have heard that she popularized the use of costume jewellery with her adamant love of faux pearl and gold, but did you know that costume jewellery has actually been around for well over 300 years? In its beginning, affordable jewellery was made accessible because it was largely made from inexpensive glass. The demand for it grew over time because common people could afford to indulge in this bit of vanity. The happy days for costume jewellery really came with the industrial revolution in the early 20th century, when production abilities were able to satisfy the demands of the new and arising middle class. Now, owning costume jewellery that looks like fine jewellery is easy fun that even I could partake in. And that’s coming from a poor college student! Hooray!!
Now that I’ve shared a bit of back story for costume jewellery (I’m sure I’m not the only person sick of reading the word jewellery over and over and over again…), let me share with you some of my absolute favourite pieces at the moment (there are actually quite a few , haha).
I completely realise that I look like a silly monkey in most of these, but… eh, it’s a lot less boring that looking at the camera, hoping that it turns out to be a good shot, yenno. Anyway, I will tentatively be back soon!
Thanks for reading.