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Forever 21 Jewelry Product Review

Updated on April 20, 2011

My Personal Review

Forever 21 jewelry...there really isn't a lot to hate. Is there? The prices are cheap, and the quality seems to be good...but is it really as simple at that?

I've been a long-time lover and supporter of the Forever 21 store. Their prices are amazing, their clothes are super-cute, and they're constantly getting in new things. But the thing is, when it comes to buying something cheap, there's always a downside. Always. After all, if it's 'too good to be true' it probably isn't, right?

I want to talk specifically about Forever 21's jewelry. Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings.

You can browse their store or online website, and find an endless sea of affordable jewelry. Prices ranging from a dollar-fifty, to a still low twelve-ninety-five. You can get a simple charm necklace for a little over a buck, or a more complicated, expensive-looking necklace for just a few dollars. But honestly, for so little cash, how good quality could you possibly be getting?

I've bought my share of Forever 21 jewelry. Earrings, rings, bracelets, and tons of necklaces. I'm kind of a jewelry junkie. And to be honest, I'm not too impressed with Forever 21's jewelry's quality.

The jewelry starts off looking great. You bring it home from the's nice and pretty and shiny. You wear it a few times, and it's still looking lovely as ever. And that's what gives you a false sense of hope. It makes you think, Hey, I didn't pay much for this jewelry, but the quality is so much better than I thought it would be! Wrong. You wear your jewelry a few more times. It's exposed to liquid of some sort (misting rain, sweat, purfume, etc.) It hangs on your jewelry rack for a while. And then the color starts to change. Chains once gold take on an unappealing copper color, and once-silver pieces fade to a grey-gold. And it's so obvious that that is not the actual color of the jewelry. It says to everyone, Look at my cheap jewelry. The original color had faded completely, but I'm still trying to wear it and pretend it's the same as when I bought it. And of course, there's all that jewelry cleaner out there. It's wonderful for high-quality jewelry. I have a handful of rings/pendants that are shined up gorgeously because of my jewelry cleaner. But when it comes to Forever 21's cruddy jewelry, it's a waste of time. Either you see absolutely no difference...or you clean it, it looks a little better, then fades back to it's gross copper/faded color after a day or two.

I guess you really can't blame Forever 21. They sell some obviously cheap jewelry. And you get what you pay for. But really, it's not a very happy situation. If you're anything like me, you get a piece of jewelry. And if it's hanging on your jewelry rack, you know it's something you love. You're attached to it, you really like it, whether you paid two dollars, or twenty dollars. But when it starts to fade color, there's nothing you can do about it. Forever 21's stock of clothes and jewelry changes so often, you can completely forget the idea of trying to find the same piece of jewelry again. It's kind of a sad situation, isn't it?

Don't get me wrong. I love Forever 21. It's one of my absolute favorite stores. But I really wish there was a better story with their jewelry.

If you want my honest opinion, I'd tell you to go for it. Get that four-dollar charm necklace. Buy that cute, three-buck ring. But beware. Don't get too attached, because soon, you'll be faced with a pretty yucky, faded-looking piece of jewelry.


What's your favorite kind of jewelry to buy from Forever 21?

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      5 years ago

      I know it sounds like a lot of trouble, but like you, I am attached to my jewelry (no matter what I pay) so when I get one that the finish has started to turn, I refinish it! There are different techniques, some that work better than others but I only gave a few bucks and if its not wearable anymore anyway.... believe it or not, enamel painting, turns out quite well. I especially like the satin gold finish. Give it a try, you might give that cheap necklace a new life that you can enjoy for many more years.


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