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10 reasons not to buy low-end jewelry

Low-end jewelry can be found everywhere - at pharmacies, in your favorite fashion stores, on vacation, and even in your bath bombs. At first glance, their appearance may be mistaken for higher-end jewelry. However, it's hard to understand how they can offer such beautiful jewelry at such a low price. The answer is simple: everything else, such as the quality and materials, are neglected.



The question of whether it's more beneficial to frequently buy cheaper items or invest in a sustainable, more expensive item is relevant not just in the world of jewelry but in our culture of overconsumption. Instead of delving into the ongoing quality vs price debate, let's focus on the drawbacks of purchasing very low-cost jewelry. Unsurprisingly, the only advantage is the initial cost.




Here are 10 reasons not to spend your money in this type of jewelry:


1- It may be disappointing to learn that some items cannot be repaired or polished, as they may break easily, even from the first day of purchase. In some cases, attempting to re-weld them may not be possible, or the cost of repair may exceed their purchase price.



2- The stones fall very easily because the claws are too thin. You slip your hand in your purse looking for your keys and hop, one stone less.


3- Size adjustments are not possible. Even if the price is low, it is a net loss if you do not enjoy your jewel once. When it comes to adjustable rings open under your finger, they deform at first contact, not to mention the risk that they will pinch your finger skin.



4- They may contain allergens, such as frequent nickel. Don’t put low-end jewelry in your ears, the pain of the reaction isn’t worth it.


5- The alloys they contain will make your skin green in a very short time. They may also contain harmful and carcinogenic metals such as lead or cadmium. It is downright toxic jewelry are not prohibited in Canada and are to be outlawed, especially among young people.



6- It's disheartening to see a durable piece of jewelry gradually change color when you wear it regularly. Plated jewelry quickly wears out, exposing the base alloy which oxidizes and cannot be brought back to its original state.


7- This jewellery is not made in Canada and is likely from China, Taiwan or India. A big carbon footprint, for a little piece worn a few times.



8- From design to finish, they are designed to be disposable, not durable. They are soft and easily deformed. The rings bend and the welds break at the slightest impact.


9- Jewelry with misleading quality indications is a common problem. For instance, a piece of jewelry may be labeled as 925 for sterling silver, but it's actually silver-plated copper.



10- The lack of after-sales service from companies selling low-end jewellery can be frustrating. It is not uncommon for customers to bring in pieces of jewellery that cannot be repaired, and when advised to return to the place of purchase, they find that there is no offer for refunds or repairs. This situation is disappointing, even for jewellery purchased at a few hundred dollars.



Looking to add more accessories to your collection without breaking the bank? Consider purchasing handmade costume jewelry from local artisans. You can find affordable, beautifully crafted pieces made from high-quality materials and free of harmful metals on platforms like Etsy or at craft fairs. The next time you're tempted to buy a new piece of jewelry, ask yourself if you really need it before making a purchase.



-Marie-Claude Décarie, jeweller



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