18 of Dublin’s best cheap eats
18 of Dublin’s best cheap eats

Ali Dunworth

Myleene Klass: The trauma of miscarriage ‘never goes away’
Myleene Klass: The trauma of miscarriage ‘never goes away’

Sarah Finnan

We all woke up this morning and played Adele’s new song, right? Here’s what we know about the upcoming album
We all woke up this morning and played Adele’s new song, right? Here’s what we...

Megan Burns

Are you a new startup or an SME looking to scale up? These 3 industry leaders could make all the difference to your bottom line
Are you a new startup or an SME looking to scale up? These 3 industry...

Shayna Sappington

The Writing Shed: Author Catherine Talbot on her creative space, writing routine and everything in between.
The Writing Shed: Author Catherine Talbot on her creative space, writing routine and everything in...

Sophie Grenham

5 key layering pieces to stay chic and cosy for outdoor dining
5 key layering pieces to stay chic and cosy for outdoor dining

Louise Slyth

Prince William says what we’re all thinking about space tourism: Stop it
Prince William says what we’re all thinking about space tourism: Stop it

Megan Burns

‘Is it a missed miscarriage then?’ I ask the ultrasound technician, all business as I push the reality, the grief away”
‘Is it a missed miscarriage then?’ I ask the ultrasound technician, all business as I...

Niamh O'Leary

Expert Advice: How to pick the perfect neutral paint colour for your home
Expert Advice: How to pick the perfect neutral paint colour for your home

Amanda Kavanagh

Teaching your kids about sustainability: A handy how-to
Teaching your kids about sustainability: A handy how-to

Shayna Sappington

Image / Fashion

Five places to buy jewellery that doesn’t turn your skin green


by Freya Drohan
15th May 2019

Image via Instagram/@LauraLombardi

blank

As Austin Powers’ nemesis Goldmember once said in his thick, inimitable Dutch accent, “I looooove gold”.

However, I’m not made of money, so what I don’t love is the inevitable tell-tale green marks left behind from high street trinkets. I’ll let you in on a little secret; that gold medallion or anklet you picked up for less than €15? My friend, it’s not really gold. Rather, it’s most likely copper disguised to look like the real deal. Ergo, whatever cheap metal it is, it will tend to react with either your skin or the product on your skin (like body lotion or hand cream). As it oxidises, it causes a discolouration of the skin and while a green mark on your finger or neck isn’t harmful per se, it’s not cute either.

Read more: here’s what happens to your skin when you wear cheap jewellery

Step away from the bargain basket. Save your pennies and opt for a better return on your investment with one of these offerings instead.

Mango

The Spanish retailer’s Gold Collection is a dream for those more inclined towards minimalist signature pieces. The limited edition range, with prices starting at a very reasonable €25.99, has a neatly curated edit of hoops, rings and pendants that will retain their gold hue long after purchase. (Word to the wise: still take them off while showering/swimming so they keep their colour.)

Stone Seal Ring, €25.99 from Mango.com

 

Vintage 

Etsy, eBay, flea markets, charity shops — the world of pre-loved items is a treasure trove of affordable, bona fide gold bling waiting to be discovered.

 

Alighieri

This fledgeling five-year-old jewellery brand is inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy; an epic, 14th-century Italian poem by Dante Alighieri. Expect unusual, textured gold-plated earrings, medallions and body chains starting at around the €200 mark.

Shop here

 

Daphine

Daphine’s famous Oli ring has certainly earned its social media star status by now — if you haven’t already spied this orb-like ring on Instagram, we’d be very surprised. The beloved London-based brand also creates delicate bangles, necklaces and earrings to stack to your heart’s content.

Moune Bangles, €90 from Daphine.com

 

Laura Lombardi

New York’s cool girls (not to mention the likes of Emily Ratajkowski) turn to this trusted Brooklyn-based designer for her brass-plated hoop earrings. Her chunky ‘Luna’ ring is fast becoming a cult favourite too.

Luna Gold-Tone Ring by Laura Lombardi, €58 from NetAPorter.com 


Related: 

  • Three Irish jewellery designers we’re obsessed with right now…here
  • Five of the best jewellery brands to shop for under €200…here
  • These jewellery pieces were fashioned for mermaids…here

Also Read

Aran jumper
FASHION
Make like Chris Evans and Taylor Swift and invest in an Aran jumper this season

Siobhan McKenna is a Donegal designer who has been upping the Aran jumper game with her sustainably-made creations. Aran jumpers...

By Sarah Finnan

Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock
FASHION, SHOPPING
Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock are back with a second collaboration

Proenza Schouler and Birkenstock are back for an encore.Fashion’s three current obsessions are thus; old recycled as new (flares, low...

By Holly O'Neill

Emmys 2021
FASHION
Emmys 2021: the best red-carpet looks

Television’s biggest stars hit the Emmys red carpet. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off last night, hosted by Cedric...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING
4 works of art trainers to breathe some colour (and comfort) into your wardrobe

With our 2021 plans at home for the foreseeable future, why not go maximalist on the most basic of footwear: trainers.

By Edaein OConnell

blank
FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
This one classic top is going to transform your winter wardrobe

Groundbreaking it ain’t, but the roll-necks versatility could make it your winter wardrobe transformer. There’s one item in your wardrobe...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
FASHION
The best street style from London Fashion Week

Here’s what the best dressed at London Fashion Week are wearing this season.London Fashion Week’s return to in-person shows saw...

By Holly O'Neill

sport
FASHION, SHOPPING
Tennis chic: shop the trend reinventing sportswear

Sporty turns chic. ‘Sports-luxe’ and ‘athleisure‘ are two of the more contemporary buzz words you’ve probably heard of that have...

By Victoria G. L. Brunton