A lot of stores sell their jewelry at very high prices. But, there are ways to find lower prices for similar items at stores that are just as mainstream as the others, if not more so. Earring will be the primary example on how some stores are much more overpriced than others, but other examples may also be included.
Urban Outfitters will be receiving the harshest criticism for being overpriced. The average ring listed on the stores website costs about $100. A less expensive set of earrings costs $18 from Urban Outfitters. You would figure for such tiny earrings that they would be made of a better material than something that cost less, but in the description it just says Mixed Metal. The metallic equivalent of ‘mystery meat’. Their selection also only consists currently of 44 pairs. Keep these facts in mind.
Anthropologie is a bit of a different story. With this store the prices are even higher, but the thing is their items are also of much higher quality. But sometimes you jut don’t need that high of quality stuff for everyday use. Similar to the Urban Outfitters earrings linked above, Anthropologie has Buttercup Post earrings. Once again, these are made from an unspecified metal and are priced at $18, but this time you only get one pair for your money. Anthropologie has much more unique designs than Urban Outfitters, but they are so much more expensive! The most expensive earring set costs $238.
This fashionable and feminine look that these two stores specialize in is much more affordable at Forever 21. The average earring price here is in the range of 3-6 dollars, some of the lower costing ones being sets of 2 or more pairs. The fact that the price here are so much lower might cause a buyer to worry that the quality is also very low. But, in my experience, these items are not really of much lower quality at all. And, besides, if it does break or something happens to it, the price to replace it or buy something more in the current season is not that much.
For a different more punk, emo sort of look there are also many common accessory stores. These stores include Zumiez, Hot Topic, and Spencer’s. There are also online stores, but often these are very overpriced or UK based (which makes things a lot more difficult for American buyers).
I personally don’t like Spencer’s, especially not for jewelry. But to give a fair review I still would have to note that their prices on earrings are comparable to those of Hot Topic for the more detailed earrings, but the prices do not go down as they should for things such as basic stud earrings. The have a buy one get one half off discount right now that makes them more affordable.
Zumiez cannot be fairly compared because they do not have even a moderately sized section of jewelry. But, from what they do have, it can be said that the necklaces really vary in price. It is not fair to call how appropriately priced their items are.
The thing I like about Hot Topic is the large selection, and, if you wait a while, a lot of the items go into clearance and you can get them for less. They, like Spencer’s, have a buy one get one half off discount right now. I prefer them to Spencer’s because they have more variety in price as well as style.
In summary, the best bargains for fashionable (either girly chic, or emo punk-ish) jewelry are Forever 21 or Hot Topic, in their respected order.