Costume Jewelry Takes Center Stage

Nordstrom’s own brass open spiral cuff, $58, Nordstrom.com

Nadri Micro Pav é Bangle, $98 at Nordstrom

Black Stone cocktail ring, Juicy Couture, $98, Nordstrom.com

Turquoise stone necklace, $125, BananaRepublic.com

Shiny saucer ring, $39.50, BananaRepublic.com

Interlocking oval-shaped earrings, Argento Vivo, $68, Nordstrom.com

Forget about spending thousands or even hundreds of dollars on fine jewelry. Costume jewelry has become a favorite among the Hollywood set and frugal fashionistas alike. With more exquisite designs, bold jewels, and wallet-friendly prices, costume jewelry offers a more practical approach to making a statement. Accessorizing with bold jewelry such as a statement necklace or cocktail ring can make an ordinary outfit extraordinary. Samantha Willis, who retails in Nordstrom for $60 to $1,500, has a collection that rivals the lines of Cartier and other pricier lines. The good thing about costume jewelry is its versatility. Costume jewelry can take you from work to play. A simple brooch can dress up a sheath or cardigan. If you’re like me and lose earrings, owning several pairs of cubic zirconium studs (that I always buy at Nordstrom Rack), can save money and heartache in the long run. Even retail chain stores like Banana Republic and J. Crew have caught on. Consumers are being more conscious of what they spend in certain area, and since costume jewelry is const-effective, you can’t go wrong. Some great lines to try: Arielle, Argento Vivo, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, and Alexis Bittar.

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