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Thrift and jewelry are two words that don't seem to go together. However, everyone wears jewelry, and it is possible to buy good quality frugal jewelry.  One of the best ways to buy jewelry is to find a brand you like that you know is good quality.  Then look for it on ebay.  You can buy many lines of jewelryfor pennies on the dollar from Asian marketplaces.

Cheap jewelry is a waste of money.  It turns dark, the chains kink and latches break. However you may be able to make it last longer by coating it with clear fingernail polish. 

You can purchase both gold and silver tone jewelry, but you will save more money if you stick to the one that looks best of you and buy classic pieces that will last for a long time.  If you have a piece of jewelry that you love, make it your "signature" piece and wear it all the time.  Many people wear the same earrings or necklaces each day.

Maintain your jewelry by cleaning it when necessary, and properly storing it.  Clean your jewelry with warm, soapy water, and a soft brush,  if necessary.  Be sure to dry it  thoroughly. 

Do not put all your jewelry in a small box. Lay your jewelry flat or hang it so the chains don't kink.  Don't crowd jewelry or you may damage the stones.


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Here are some more frugal tips to save money on jewelry.


- Find a few pieces that become your "signature" look.  Suze Orman, who had her own television show for years, always wore the same ear rings and the same necklace.  Find
  something the becomes you, and stick with it.
- Buy used jewelry.  Ebay and consignment stores have a lot of it.
- Wear less jewelry.  Lots of people don't like jewelry and don't even wear rings.








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