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Credit Crunch Costume Jewelry

Tom Binns 'Faux Real' Collection Is Made of Laminated Photos

— March 27, 2009 — Fashion
The state of our economy has led Tom Binns, Michelle Obama’s unofficial “First Jeweler,” to make an affordable jewelry line. Binns first debuted “Faux Real,” a collection of affordable costume jewelry, as an alternative to costly diamonds, rubies and emeralds. But these days, consumers are looking for something easier on the wallet than a $700 Swarovski cuff. 

“Get Real” is his newest tongue-in-cheek collection debuting in Colette in Paris. The line is made from photographs of rings, necklaces, earrings and watches clipped from glossy magazines. Binns reassembles the photographs in his quirky style, then laminates them in plastic. Safety pin closures add the final touch to Binns’ creations.

Images 1-3 in the gallery show some of his non-laminated pieces, also from the Faux Real collection. Image 5 to 7 are pieces from Tom Binns Jewelry collection featured on ShopStyle.
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