I'm a huge fan of costume/fashion jewelry. When styled right, costume jewelry can take an outfit to a whole new level. You often see stylists, fashion buyers and mag editors sporting a simple classic silhouette with a statement necklace, cuff or cocktail ring. Picture Michelle Obama and her playful floral brooches - they made each outfit stand out and got major media coverage!
The trick with costume jewelry is that it should be over-the-top, even exaggerated. You can play it safe with a simple diamond pendant, but when it comes to fashion bling, you want all those extra chains, links, studs and large semi-precious stones!
My all-time favorite costume jewelry labels are all on a pricier side. I often either wait for sales, scout for designer collaborations (think Erickson Beamon for Target, Lanvin for H&M, Mawi for Asos), head to the High Street for imitations or make my own jewelry :).
The best fashion jewelry on the High Street would have to be from Topshop, Aldo, Banana Republic, Mango and Anthropologie, where you can always find interesting, cheap and cheerful items. Last year I came across this knockout multi-colored chain necklace at Topshop, which could easily complete with Dannijo and Tuleste Market chains. Anthropologie is great for multi-stone dramatic necklaces.
I selected the below designer costume jewelry labels for their statement factor (price range listed is very approximate - check out the suggested sites for exact pricing). Yes - you can always find an interesting piece on the High Street, but I doubt it could compete with exquisite detail of Lanvin's necklaces or creativity of Tom Binns' designs!