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1970s Monet collar necklace.

For those prices, all that glitters in Garland’s 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.” It’s jewelry that does not contain precious metals or stones, though much of it is, nevertheless, dazzling. It’s also a lot less expensive than buying fine (read: real) jewelry at retail prices. 1970s Monet collar necklace, $595. More in Image: • Jewelry inspired by Mother Earth • Tom Binns' costume jewelry is trash and treasure • Flower jewelry, fresh and affordable • The gilded age of costume jewelry | Photos • Buying and collecting costume jewelry | Photos • How to sell your gold and diamond jewelry • Downtown L.A.'s jewelry district has bargains for the boldGenaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
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