As I mentioned in my last post, I ventured into Charming Charlie this week to check out their jewelry selection. Personally, I think this store has some great finds. However, you have to dig through a lot of lower quality looking pieces to find the nicer looking pieces.
Exhibit A: Blue necklace
I think the blue necklace looks a bit low end, but I wanted a necklace in that specific color to match a blue skirt (post to come). The beads are plastic, which is only noticeable if you are looking closely once the necklace is actually on.
Exhibit B: Orange necklace
I think the orange necklace looks like much better quality. It’s mostly made of metal, so that seems to help the overall look and quality.
Many of their necklaces come with matching earrings. I do not wear a lot of matching sets, preferring rather to mix and match pieces. However, they do look great worn together, too.
Okay, let’s get to the good stuff: the prices! The blue necklace was regularly $10 and the orange was regularly $14. I paid $7 for them both, so $3.50 each. Their clearance section was buy one clearance item, get one clearance item free.Their stores are pretty big, so I had to look around for the sale section. Once I found it, there were hundreds, and I mean, hundreds of bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings in the clearance section.
Lastly, they do have a rewards program. For every $100 you spend, you get $5 back. They send regular emails with updates about their sales and the initial enrollment email offered $10 when you spend $50. Eh. The rewards program is only so-so in my book. However, their prices are so low with their clearances, you do not really need a rewards program!
Here’s how I wore the necklaces:
Side note: the cuff in the second picture is not from Charming Charlie; it’s from Hermes (gift). Nothing like pairing a clearance necklace with a fancy cuff to make everything look nicer! High/low, readers! High/low.
Interestingly, my girlfriend at work was also wearing a necklace from there this week!
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Lower price point jewelry stores are all about digging. I tend to steer clear of necklaces and bracelets that are strung on plastic/fishing line-like material. That type of plastic can break very, very easily. Yes, I have re-strung a necklace. However, it can be a hassle, especially if the beads go flying everywhere when the necklace breaks! Look for metal or more substantial (read: multiple strands) pieces.
On http://www.charmingcharlie.com/necklaces-landing/, I found some pieces that meet the criteria from my above tip: Multi Strand Chain Necklace Set, City Safari Tribal Bead Necklace, Honeycomb Bib Necklace Set, Braided Statement Necklace
2) Cheaper jewelry stores can be great for the following reasons: if you do not plan on wearing the jewelry often, if you want to match jewelry to a specific piece of clothing that is an odd color, and/or looking for trendy pieces that may not be popular for more than a season.
I was happy with my finds! Both necklaces got a lot of compliments. Many people commented that the orange necklace looked at least $75+! Check out http://www.charmingcharlie.com/ if you want to see some of their items. All items are only available for purchase in the store. Let me know if you find anything you love!