Synthetic Opulence

Gem alternatives provide affordable luxury with an authentic twist

Implications - In search of glamour while coping with financial instability and pervasive debt, Millennial consumers are accessorizing with nature-inspired materials and DIY options to achieve the look of luxury without breaking the bank. In contrast to the pristine perfection of laser-cut jewels, homemade ornaments also serve to satiate the appearance of authenticity and uniqueness that Millennials crave.
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This Year and Hot Top 5 Examples: 15,525 Total Clicks Sep 15 - Jul 16
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Consumer Insight Topics: FashionLifestyleFoodJewelry
Semi-Natural Wooden Jewelry - These Artistic Accessories are Made of Wood and Resin Materials
SCORE: 7.6
V. Hot 7,990 Clicks Pub: Sep 18, 15
Semi-Natural Wooden Jewelry
These Artistic Accessories are Made of Wood and Resin Materials
Melbourne-based designer and jeweler Britta Boeckmann created these eco-friendly upcycled pieces of jewelry from materials such as wood and resin. The elegant collection brings forth a unique... [More]
Sophisticated Paper Jewelry - This Artisan Jewelry is Constructed With Repurposed Paper
SCORE: 6.1
Hot 2,531 Clicks Pub: Dec 8, 15
Sophisticated Paper Jewelry
This Artisan Jewelry is Constructed With Repurposed Paper
Crizu Paper Jewelry uses repurposed paper to make stylish and artisan jewelry. It’s a meticulous craft that turns something otherwise considered useless into a work of art and a fabulous accessory.... [More]
Boyfriend-Made Engagement Rings - Imgur User Jarvicious Creates His Own Custom Ring to Propose With
SCORE: 7.5
This Year and Hot 2,678 Clicks Pub: Jan 21, 16
Boyfriend-Made Engagement Rings
Imgur User Jarvicious Creates His Own Custom Ring to Propose With
There are so many people out there who are waiting anxiously not only to be proposed to, but to be proposed to in the most unique way possible. Thanks to the Internet, it’s become an epidemic&#... [More]
3D-Printed Crystal Jewelry - STONEDALONE Jewelry Pieces are Created with Additive Manufacturing
SCORE: 7.4
This Year and Warm 1,170 Clicks Pub: Jun 15, 16
3D-Printed Crystal Jewelry
STONEDALONE Jewelry Pieces are Created with Additive Manufacturing
The dynamic crystal jewelry pieces from STONEDALONE include necklaces, rings and other charms that are made with 3D printing technology. The individual pieces are incredibly lifelike, with designs... [More]
Edible Salt Necklaces - These Jewelry Pieces Feature Lickable Salt Pendants for Added Nutrients
SCORE: 6
This Year and Warm 1,156 Clicks Pub: Dec 12, 15
Edible Salt Necklaces
These Jewelry Pieces Feature Lickable Salt Pendants for Added Nutrients
The Human Salt Lick necklaces creatively reimagine hard salt blocks animals such as cattle and horses lick on for added nutrient content for humans. The necklaces feature miniature cubes of pink... [More]