Luxury Items or Rip-offs?

In this age of Instagram and trying to keep up with everyone, we are bound to impulse buy here and there. Which is okay until you end up spending ÂŁ2,300 on a Van Cleef & Arpels pendant. Which is most likely just going to sit in your closet or jewellery box collecting dust if something new comes in and starts trending on Social Media.

Is designer costume or fine jewellery really worth it?

I own a lot of pieces of designer fashion/costume jewellery- from Chanel Brooches to earrings, Hermés Bracelets and a million other bits and bobs. So trust me on what I am about to share with you.

Do you think a $2,000 Chanel necklace (from it’s jewelry line) is worth the price for what’s basically fake pearls?

If there was ever an absolute scam, this is it. Billions of people around the world have been brainwashed into believing that brand names equate to better quality. It’s not true.

The problem is that designers charge a crazy amount of money for things that often cost them about the same amount as it costs Tesco to make their products. The difference is that they claim their brand name and that is essentially what you are paying for.

I’ll start with what I have, why you shouldn’t waste your money on it, and alternatives to those products.

1. Chanel CC Earrings:

I own two pairs of these most wanted earrings. They cost anywhere from ÂŁ325 and go up to insane prices. The material they are made out of is basically just metal, the stones used are not real ones.

The problem with these is, the stones come out easily, the material feels cheap- I mean I have earrings from Primark that have lasted longer than these Chanel ones.

Photo: Chanel.com

What’s the solution?

If you really want to get these, I mean they do look pretty, buy from independent jewellers who can custom make these for you at a friction of the price. And if you feel even that’s too expensive, just head to Ali Express. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!

2. The Hermés H Bracelet

When you walk into any Hermés store, you get mesmerised by their beautiful collection and the fragrant salon just adds to that daze. They treat you to some sparkling water and you almost feel guilty for not buying anything! Lol!

Back to the topic- I was gifted two of these bracelets priced at a whopping £520 each, they look really pretty BUT I noticed these horrible scratches on the gold hardware even though I wasn’t wearing them all the time or using them roughly. Even the gold hardware started looking dull.

Again- I have bracelets that have been with me since 10 plus years which look good as new even today. I was lucky enough to have received these as gifts, if it were up to me, I wouldn’t spend a dime on something that costs so much and isn’t even great quality. Save your money and get something better, if you really want to get a nice designer bracelet- Bvlgari is a better option.

Photo: hermes.com

3. Van Cleef and Arpels

Where do I begin, everything from this brand is CRAZY expensive! Yes the designs ate insanely pretty, but did you know that your jeweller in Lahore can custom make the designs for you far less cheaper and better quality than Van Cleef itself?

Photo: vancleefarpels.com

I was recently in Pakistan and I walked into a very famous jewellery store where they had a beautiful collection of designer jewellery including Chanel, Cartier, Bvlgari and Van Cleef & Arpels. The materials they use are pure, quality wise I was amazed at how much better the pieces were than the originals. Keep in mind that in Pakistan you get the best materials when you get jewellery made, so its definitely worth to pay your local jewellery designer to make these pieces for you, at least you’ll be paying for pure materials. The craftsmanship is top notch and you won’t be paying for any brand’s name only. You can thank me later.