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For those prices, all that glitters in Garlands shop clearly is not gold. What appears to be the $900-per-ounce precious metal is mostly gilded silver. The sparkly diamonds? Rhinestones. The turquoise? Baked enamel. Costume jewelry is just a polite way of saying fake. Its jewelry that does not contain precious metals or stones, though much of it is, nevertheless, dazzling. Its also a lot less expensive than buying fine (read: real) jewelry at retail prices.
1970s Monet collar necklace, $595.
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