How to Make DIY Jewelry That Looks More Expensive Than It Is

Are you a born crafter? If you are, then you’ve probably come to a point where you’re feeling more confident. You know how to use your tools a little better and you’re wondering how to take your DIY jewelry to the next level.

If you’re looking to make your jewelry look more expensive, you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you’re getting ready to gift your DIY jewelry this holiday season. Or you may be considering launching a small business to sell your wares.

You’ll look forward to the surprise on people’s faces. They’ll feel shocked that you’ve been making jewelry that looks far pricier than it is. Follow these practical tips to boost your made-at-home jewelry pieces.

Consider Your Colors

Expensive jewelry usually has more muted colors than cheaper jewelry. Costume jewelry is often bright and cheerful. Bright colors are great when you’re working with kids’ items.

If you’re looking for a fun kit for children, choose happy, fun colors. But when it comes to making DIY jewelry for adults, consider colors carefully.

Using only one or two colors when you’re beading can immediately boost your jewelry’s look. Even choosing a monochrome color palette can add an air of quality to your pieces.

Look For Quality Pendants and Beads

If your DIY jewelry budget is big enough, you can look into semi-precious stones for your work. If you’re not using semi-precious stones, try to use clear, high-quality beads. Make sure you choose a quality bead-making kit when you start.

If you want to use pendants in your DIY jewelry pieces, keep an eye out for enamel and settings. If the enamel work looks messy, your jewelry will look cheaper.

You don’t need to pile on the jewels or beads. In fact, this usually reminds people of costume jewelry.

For example, say you want to make a pair of earrings. Try one or two gorgeous high-quality glass beads per earring hook. Contrast that with 10 or 15 beads hanging off your earring.

Usually, a few higher-quality pieces will translate as more expensive. 

Minimalistic Materials

Expensive jewelry is often more minimalistic in design. That’s because the materials used are high quality and expensive. The designer wants to showcase the quality of the material rather than distract you.

If you’d like to mimic this design approach, you don’t have to break the bank. Try using a metal stamping kit to make pendants. With a few delicate lines or shapes, you can create beautiful DIY jewelry.

You can even customize the stamping to spell out a name or word. This adds to the expensive feel of the jewelry, since engraving usually costs extra.

Customized metal plate pendants make amazing holiday gifts. At very little cost, you can make minimalist pieces from a jewelry kit. Not only that, but the customization will make it feel extra special. 

Scale Down Your Size

Costume jewelry and inexpensive jewelry are often large. Think plastic crystals, blindingly shiny metal, feathers, tassels, and so on. If you want your DIY jewelry to feel expensive, consider scaling down the size.

Make your pendants smaller and delicate. A single pearl bead on a thin gold chain looks more pricey than 10 plastic crystals hanging off a long, thick brass chain.

You can create luxury DIY jewelry with a few materials. When you scale down, you actually create more perceived value. It’s a funny case of “less is more” when it comes to jewelry design. 

Choose the Right Clasp

When you’re making a necklace or bracelet, pay attention to the clasp you choose. Some clasps are attention-grabbing.

If you opt for a big or chunky clasp, like a toggle, make sure it is of good quality. A tarnish-free, statement clasp can elevate your jewelry. 

How You Wear DIY Jewelry Counts, Too

Planning to wear your DIY jewelry yourself? You may be wondering how to make sure it looks more expensive than it is. Think about how you wear and style your looks.

Try to layer delicate necklaces and bracelets. The bigger an item is, the more space it needs to shine. If you have large gold hoops with delicate beads on them, you may want to skip necklaces that day.

The same goes for bracelets and rings. The bigger an item is, the more you’d want it to shine if it were an expensive investment. Treat your DIY pieces the same: give them room to breathe.

After all, everyone else may never know you made it yourself for a fraction of the price of retail items! 

Presentation Is Key

Last but not least, don’t forget your presentation. When you buy expensive products, the packaging is high quality. The company will invest in branded boxes.

They’ll also often use tissue paper or velvet inside the box. If you’re using a pouch, look for a satin or suede drawstring bag. This matters, especially if you’re launching a small business to sell your DIY jewelry.

Selling your jewelry will require you to set up a webshop and create branding. Keep your packaging in line with the branding you set up for your company. If you plan to photograph your pieces, make sure your photography is top-notch.

These elements will bring your DIY jewelry to the next level. Your jewelry will look pricier than it is because people will be impressed with how they receive it. 

Expensive in Looks but Not in Cost

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to make your DIY jewelry look way more expensive than it was to make. Your crafting and hard work will pay off.

No matter if you’re giving it away or wearing it yourself, you can be sure your work will look pricey and high-value.

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