costume jewelry


: jewelry designed for wear with current fashions and usually made of inexpensive materials

Examples of costume jewelry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For previous games, Swift has worn less-expensive costume jewelry, like the $14 ring shaped like Kelce’s Chiefs jersey from a Kansas City store. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 The result was that Hollywood sold its gems as costume jewelry, not through mercenary cynicism but because the studio potentates were no more aware of the enduring art being produced under their aegis than were critics or, for that matter, viewers. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Shopbop Shopbop’s Cyber Monday sale includes deals on bestsellers in the fine and costume jewelry departments. Jake Smith, Glamour, 27 Nov. 2023 Chanel earrings minus the double-C logo—which called to mind Prince Charles and his then-mistress Camilla—and statement Butler & Wilson studs, which paved the way for others to experiment with costume jewelry in the ’80s and ’90s. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 Cardenal painted these figures and emboldened them with recycled materials, such as a crown of nails, or an earring from her grandmother’s old collection of costume jewelry. Kat Bein, SPIN, 15 Dec. 2023 According to Nielsen’s 2017 consumer report, African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic, Black women are 16% more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have purchased costume jewelry within that year, and 9% more likely to have purchased fine jewelry than non-Hispanic white women. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 7 Nov. 2023 For Pandora is known for its timeless costume jewelry, which features a distinct style and an excellen price range. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 Compared to other costume jewelry brands, Pandora lasts much longer due to the quality of materials and design, too. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of costume jewelry was in 1907

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“Costume jewelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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