Thursday, February 6, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Faux Jewelry
You don't have to walk down the red carpet to wear fine looking jewelry. In fact, you don't even need much money to wear the same diamonds and pearls you see on T-V. We found what the stars are wearing but at a fraction of the cost.
But if you think the price tag is your worst enemy, think again
"Nobody's ever been able to tell."
Cheryl Reback has a secret... the beautiful baubles she sports are faux.
Cheryl says, "I had been to the beach and lost one of my real diamond stud earrings, I was looking to replace the earrings and came across imposters, I was hooked."
Cheryl, like thousands of other women, enjoys having gorgeous jewelry without paying "real" jewelry prices.
Jacki Anshell of Imposters says, "Diamonds which we call cubic zerconia are man made as opposed to mined, so they are synthetic, its more than a 90% savings."
But 100 percent convincing so your secret can stay safe.
She adds, "No one can tell from the naked eye, only a jeweler can tell."
Even a jeweler would have to look twice at this rock.
That's right, ladies. This is an exact imitation of the same diamond Ben Affleck gave J-Lo.
"It has a pink simulated diamond in the middle with diamond look stones on the side, 3 stone emerald cut."
But if you want to be a cut above the teenage crowd, check out this cross inspired by Britney Spears.
"It's just a tiny cross that adds a little sparkle on your neck."
Aarkis Kalandjian should know.
He's been selling faux jewelery on a web site called ziamond.com for about 3 years.
Sarkis says,"We are a specialty jewelry company. We specialize in bridging the gap between costume jewelry and fine jewelry."
While the gap may be closing the savings are growing.
"You are going to save anywhere from 10 to 50 times in what you would spend in fine jewelry."
And the quality is top notch
"You are getting the same quality mountings everything's in solid gold and platinum just as you would in any jewelry store except at the last minute we set in our diamond simulate and give you the best value for your dollar."
Cheryl knows that's for sure.
She's spending less and looking better than ever.
Cheryl says, "People always complement me on my jewlery and I always just say thank you and smile."
Really nice faux jewelery will run you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
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