I feel like my whole life is one big game of splurge or save. Most of the time I land on the "save" end of the spectrum. Sometimes my skimping is not always the the best route to go. I have bought jewelry from some of those "deal" websites and been burned almost every time--they are either broken on arrival, fell apart or have a funky cheap metal smell. Finally I got some common sense and realized that sometimes the going with the quality item is the way to go--whether it breaks the bank or not. I love that there are stores and sites that offer trendy jewelry that doesn't cost as much as my rent and are have products that are with quality materials.
There are a few things that I look at when buying a "save" piece of jewelry:
1. Clasp-- Is the clasp or fascinator attached well? Does it work well/ or easy to open? There is nothing more frustrating that spending 10 minutes in an already rushed morning than wrestling with a unruly clasp.
2. Smell-- Does it have a funny smell? Cheap metals give off a metallic smell that will basically drive you crazy all day.
3. Trendy-ness-- Is the item here to stay for a season or two or is it a one outfit wonder? There are some pieces that it is totally acceptable to spend $5 on and then let it gather dust.
Here are a few of my favorite Splurges vs. Saves
Gold Chain (Due to the rise of 2 Chains?)
Leather and Studs
Jewel Tone/Natural Stone
Colorful Drop Earrings