I’ve written a previous post on buying investment pieces and items that I do spend more money on, always buying the best quality I can reasonably justify such as leather handbags and shoes as I find they save me lots of money in the long run. As I have fairly sensitive skin and have never liked large showy accessories jewellery also falls in this category for me.
I’ve been buying sterling silver jewellery for over 10 years and still wear the very first few items I bought. The pieces weren’t expensive to begin with but better quality than lots of cheap jewellery I see on the high street. I got fed up of mild skin irritations, fingers turning green and the lowest quality of metal I can wear as earrings is sterling silver so I made the switch for all my jewellery to be 925 silver or hypoallergenic. Read on for some tips on how I buy long lasting semi-precious jewellery without breaking the bank.
Accessorize Sales For 925 Silver and “Gold”
My first silver necklace was from Accessorize 10 years ago, I paid £9 for it and it’s still going strong all these years later even after me sleeping and showering in it countless times. I have a lot of 925 rings and a few necklaces from this shop and always take advantage of their 70% off sales. I never pay full price. They now have a few items of gold plated sterling silver too. use Swarovski crystals and some semi precious gemstones so items look far more expensive than prices you can pick them up for. In July I bought this ring with an RRP of £17 for £4.20. It was in the sale, then I signed up to their loyalty club and got a voucher for a further 20% off. I find their 925 range to be really good quality and its easy to pick up items very cheaply on clearance.
Other Shops For 925 Silver, “Gold” and “Rose Gold”
I own one silver ring from Sainsbury which I paid for half using my Nectar points so it cost me around £5. I’ve had it 1 year and worn it virtually every day since buying it with no issues and I wear it in the shower and when sleeping. I’ve previously bought bracelets around the £10 mark from Debenhams Simply Silver range as they also have rose gold and gold plated delicate items. Again I’ve found these wear really after having them for several years, rarely taking them off and they’re often heavily discounted in the sales. I’ve bought 925 earrings from Claire’s Accessories before back when it was really hard to find silver items on the high street and I wasn’t hugely impressed with the quality finding a few items broke quickly. I’m aware of Lovisa having quite a wide range of 925 items but have yet to purchase anything from there as I only tend to buy jewellery now for special occasions or if there’s a very specific item I want.
Buy Second Hand
I’ve bought a few silver rings in the past from car boot sales after checking they were stamped with hallmarks. The red multi stone ring shown below came from a car boot sale for £10.
“Gold” Earrings & Faux Opals
Most of my earrings look like small gold studs and I’ve had them over 5 years but they are in fact gold anodised titanium barbells from body jewellery sites like JoBananas and Serenity Jewellery. I’ve had 1 tiny gold stud with a green gem in one of my piercings for 5 1/2 years, the plating hasn’t worn away, the gem is still in tact, it looks as good as the day I bought it. The full stud cost me under £5 which with over 5 years of wear I think is brilliant value for money. The gems individually are £1.75 which is all I’d have to pay if I decided I wanted another colour as it would attach to the existing stud I have.
Lots of titanium body jewellery now comes in gold and rose gold plating with faux opals which look beautiful and are far cheaper than the real thing. I’ve again been wearing some of these constantly for between 3-5 years and they look as good as the day I bought them. I’ve never paid more than £12 for one gold titanium anodised hoop or stud despite the jewellery looking far more expensive. As all the ones I’ve purchased have lasted so well it’s very rare that I buy new replacements, especially as I find the screw closures more secure than butterfly studs and they’re more comfortable to wear. I choose titanium as I have particularly sensitive skin but if you don’t anodised surgical steel is an even cheaper option. A quick Google shows me that 3mm 9ct gold ball studs cost upwards of £20. Buying anodised titanium studs like I wear can cost under £6 yet look virtually identical when worn.
I’ve accumulated quite a collection buying sale items or making the most of promotions over the years and things lasting so well. I think I’ve had 2 rings break from Accessorize after heavy wear over a 6+ year period when I paid under £3 each for them. Otherwise all are going strong so this has never put me off buying from them. I love my jewellery collection as it holds such sentimental value as I started only buying items for big occasions like birthdays, holiday’s abroad or receiving items as gifts.