Ring Me

by jennine on May 4, 2010

Ive always had a thing for rings. The thing is, I’ve always had a thing for the real thing when it comes to  jewelry. It’s hard because, especially these past few years, I’ve not been able to splash out on a fancy ring. But sometimes it’s nice to wear a statement ring, or two or three. One day I’ll be like Wendy Brandes and be able to wear the real thing with statement rings, but for now, for now, I’ll wear the cheap stuff. It all started with a random trip to H&M and I saw this big giant turquoise plastic ring. It was $2.50 so I figured, why not give it a try? It’s a darling ring. Then today, on my way home, I stopped off at Picnic a boutique on Polk Street for a visit, and found this circle ring, for pretty cheap $18. We’ll see how these go. Maybe I’ll change my mind about costume rings…Maybe?

When it comes to jewelry, do you wear costume jewelry, or do you go for the real thing?

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1 Maile John May 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Both real and costume jewelry are fun! Its just a matter of finding things you love


2 Annie Spandex May 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I love costume jewelry rings, but what I don’t love are the really crappy cheap ones. Anything with an adjustable band is out. It can be fake as long as its sized. :)
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3 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

ug, i hate adjustable ones! i didn’t see, but the circle one is actually adjustable.. and it kind of itches after a while. what is that?


4 Bettye May 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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5 Ashe Mischief May 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

My mother tried for YEARS to get me to wear the real stuff…no such luck…. I’m ALL about the costume jewelry. Give me Noir, Tarina Tarantino, indie designers… even the pieces I want from Wendy are on the more playful and less serious side…


6 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

haha, i can just imagine this! i bet you have all kinds of extravagant pieces!


7 Midtown Girl May 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I love costume jewelry (in addition to Wendy’s lux collection, of course)! I had a turquoise ring I used to wear all the time that would garner tons of attention <3


8 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

mmm turquoise rings.. i really want one. now i have a craving.


9 lisa May 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I like both options and I looove my Wendy Brandes swear rings…they were worth every penny! But I’ve become cautious about going too cheap with costume statement rings because they tend to tarnish faster than other types of costume jewelry, especially the ones from F21.
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10 shauna May 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I like to keep a mix of whimsical and sensible jewelry in my collection so I can accessories according to my mood.

I REALLY like that H&M ring… wishing we had one in Salt Lake *sigh*….
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11 calivintage May 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

i have the exact same issue as you do. i want to own the real thing, but i generally can’t afford it! then, even if i have the money it’s really hard for me to take the plunge because they’re so tiny. i’d rather get something big, like a coat or a fancy dress. the fake stuff is cool, but you have to remember to only wear them one day in a row or else they stain your fingers.

have you seen those rings made of vintage sterling silver spoons? best of both worlds, perhaps?
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12 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

oh yes, the rings i love start around $3k yikes! there’s a lot you can do with that cash, but at the same time the real thing will last a loooong time. but good point about the wearing the ring two days in a row…and washing your hands, that brings up a whole new ring drama… i’ve left so many rings on sinks it’s not even funny!


13 drollgirl May 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

i am mad for jewelry, and none of it is “real” jewelry. i have a huge collection of costume jewelry, and i think i’d die if any of it went missing. yes, that may sound shallow and redonk, but i just love it. i am sure i sound like a goon. long live jewelry and mORE mORE mORE, please! :)


14 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

oh my goodness you don’t!


15 Tami May 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I do both. If you do it tastefully, you can fool everyone and make the costume jewelry look real. ;)
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16 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

oh, i’ll have to go accessories shopping with you!


17 apparellel May 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

costume jewelry but not too cheap. i find that jewelry is not something i tend to want to spend a lot of money on, i save that for shoes. (=;

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18 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

haha, well your feet are the hardest working part of your body!


19 Arlyn May 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Well, though I wish I could splurge on some of the real rings I see at NM, I just stick to my delicious costume jewelry finds (usually under $50). Banana Republic has some of my favorite cocktail rings….and they usually have coupons!



20 hiyaluv May 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I love costume jewelry. I used to only wear Tiffany and I have a dozen Tiffany pieces but then I decided that I needed to diversify so now I wear costume jewelry more often than not. I wish I could wear Wendy B everyday!!!
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21 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

i have a dozen tiffany pieces too!


22 Flitryss May 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’m really good at losing jewelry (as in, I have no idea where I set my engagement ring down last week…) so I go for pieces at price points where I won’t beat myself up when I lose them.
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23 Meredith May 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I love costume jewelry and totally agree with Tami - “If you do costume jewelry tastefully, you can fool everyone.” Regardless, I think it’s important to do costume right. If it’s too gaudy or looks cheap, you run the risk of looking tacky. You have to be cautious and choose pieces that have the right balance of inexpensive but good quality.

Check out Steve Sasco Designs. He sells some really fun movie and celebrity inspired costume jewelry that’s good quality. http://stevesascodesigns.com/

P.S. Absolutely love your finds Jennine!


24 Marissa May 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I almost exclusively buy costume jewelry, and I have more pieces from H&M than I care to admit. I’d just rather spend my money on clothes and shoes, and I figure if you’re outfit looks put together enough, you can wear cheap jewelry and not look cheap.

All my real jewelry comes from my mom and grandma, and I do love it, but I’ll stick to costume for my own purchases.
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25 Jen May 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I wear real (primarily handmade or vintage) and high-end costume, but then I’m an accessories buyer so I have access to some amazing stuff. There’s so much talent out there - I wish I could buy it all!


26 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm

ooh that must be a fun job! i don’t know how buyers hold onto their paychecks!


27 Sarah May 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

For me it’s costume jewelery all the way!
I like big bold pieces, so costume jewelery is a lot more fun, plus I can buy waaay more of it and don’t have to cry too much if I lose a piece (I love jewelery, so I may still cry a little bit, lol)
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28 MarchMusings May 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Looking over my collection of jewellery I see that if it’s real, it’s usually small and tasteful(since smaller pieces are the ones I can afford). But if it’s costume jewellery I buy bigger pieces that make a statement but will still be current a few years from now.
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29 Eli May 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I have one really nice ring, a tungsten ring I got from a giveaway on my blog. Its so shiny and pretty. The rest of the rings I own are cheap cocktail rings from flea markets. But! I would love to have one really nice ring too, gosh I would love a Wendy ring :)


30 WendyB May 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Nice post ;-)
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31 jennine May 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm

heh. i love you.


32 Style Eyes Fashion Blog May 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I like a bit of both. I tend to wear more costume jewellery in the day and real jewellery at night.
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33 Patrícia Alves May 5, 2010 at 2:19 am

I’m a ring lover myself and just recently posted a Polyvore set about them. Check it out on http://myfashion-notes.blogspot.com/2010/04/put-ring-on-it.html.

Love the circle ring!



34 steph May 5, 2010 at 4:46 am

i like to wear both usually. if i could afford the real thing it would be nice though!
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35 Kelly May 5, 2010 at 5:34 am

I love vintage costume jewelry! It’s affordable and looks unique. I tend to avoid trendy costume jewelry, but I’m such a magpie that sometimes it’s hard when I see something sparkly at F21 for like $4.


36 Fajr | Stylish Thought May 5, 2010 at 5:45 am

I like a bit of both… Some of the costume ones are more fun than the real ones!


37 Sally May 5, 2010 at 6:16 am

Both of those are such fun! I have three rings that I wear daily, and they’re all the real deal … but my mix-it-up rings are all cheapies.
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38 Casey May 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

I have a stash of costume rings that I pull out whenever I want to add a bit of artsy-whimsical flair to an outfit! I adore the real thing of course, but being on a pretty strict budget, the only “good” rings I own are my two wedding bands and engagement ring. ;) Otherwise, I hit up all the cheap shops for some cute pieces to sport on my other fingers! :)

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39 Abby May 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

This post has brought on a ring craving.
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40 Susu Paris Chic May 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

I do both - crazy bold and classy gold!
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41 Make Do Style May 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

I love costume jewellery particularly rings but of course I would end this love affair the moment I had the Wendy Brandes Marie Antoinette ring
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42 Maria at BachmansSparrow May 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

I have no qualms when it comes to costume jewelry! Unfortunately with my earrings I HAVE to wear the real thing, or else I get an irritating allergic reaction. Your finds are lovely :)
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43 Lady Julianne May 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Honestly, there are so many other things I’d rather spend my money on than “real” jewellery! The only trouble is that I fall in love with my jewellery, and I feel so disappointed when the coating wears off and it goes orange. I’m trying to choose more carefully to avoid copper.


44 Cristina May 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I used to buy lots of costume jewelry but I ADORE wearing the real thing. It’s just such a different feeling wearing a big real gold and stone ring that actually has a history behind it (don’t all real jewels do?). I have stayed away from costume jewelry since I started making jewelry (not because I have a thing against costume jewelry, it’s just that everyone expects you to wear what you make) and now save up to invest in pieces from jewelers I admire, be it that they are well known or not. It’s more about the art now. And I have a thing for rings as well, I love making them and making them big :) Hit me up if you’d like some custom work, I’m a fan of your blog and would love to create something for you.
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45 Katharine May 6, 2010 at 6:26 am

I suppose by most people’s definition, all my jewellery is “costume”, since I loathe gold and only wear sterling silver in metals. I have maybe two pieces in handmade artisan silver that set me back a fair bit, but for the most part I’m happy with large but pretty reasonably-priced chunks of sterling, mainly from the better import shops.

I’m also allergic to nickel, so that really curbs most temptation I might feel to buy cheap mass market costume jewellery! I have occasionally worn a pair of, say, massive Le Chateau chandelier rhinestone earrings for a night out, but even wearing something like that for a whole workday would leave me with infected piercings and probably red itchy patches where they brushed my neck. I do have some fun glass and wood pieces, and I’ve been developing a kind of a thing lately for those HUUUUGE rings made of one single carved piece of acrylic - I think I’ve got three of them now.

I don’t like tiny jewellery of any kind (“why bother” is the thought in my mind) so unless I suddenly acquired both massive wealth AND a taste for gold, I’m unlikely to ever graduate to “real” jewellery. Something like a little number from the Duchess of Windsor’s collection - that would be my sort of thing. Not any miniscule bitsy of gold I’m ever likely to be able to afford!


46 Kristin May 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I would LOVE to go all out Wendy B style…but for now it’s costume for moi as well. Sigh. Good thing there are so many cute options!


47 Alicia May 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I like a bit of both, though most of what would be really expensive are heirlooms. *wipes brow*


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