Buy or DIY: Antiqued Bib Necklace

Have you ever almost bought a necklace for its perfect shape and style, but just couldn’t come to terms with how “clean” looking it appeared? If only those crystals were less sparkly and a little more rusty. Now imagine if you discovered that same necklace, like, 10 years later, at a garage sale or flea. The abandoned bauble is fading fast and fairly rough around the edges, but it’s still completely intact. It’s a piece of history, and it’s everything you ever wanted. You smirk to yourself as you quickly hand the owner a measly 10 bucks for it, knowing well that her trash is definitely your treasure. It may sound strange, but it’s true—jewelry really does get better with age. Until you find the antique necklace to end all antique necklaces, there are some promising jewelry designers out there who understand the beauty of vintage, creating pieces that look aged but are actually brand-new. These pieces also come with a modern price tag, so if you can’t afford to fake it, The Glamourai has the perfect DIY for faux antiquity.

Clockwise from left: Robert Rodriguez Antique Brass Necklace, $310; Elie Tahari Vivian Crystal Bib Necklace, $348; Tom Binns Swarovski Crystal Safety Pin Necklace, $940.

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