Can you tell difference in quality of earrings?

posted 7 months ago in Accessories
Post # 2
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Nobody is going to see the price tag except for you. I’d wait and see what the cheap ones look like once you receive them in the mail. There are lots of other options between super cheap and $320, if you don’t like the cheap ones. You can definitely find some pretty earrings on Etsy, and pretty much any website will let you filter results by price. I got lucky and found my wedding earrings in a vintage shop for $12. Nobody knew what I spent.

Post # 3
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

It’s hard to tell from the picture but I think the China earrings look beautiful ! Personally I couldn’t justify spending big money on jewelry I’d likely only wear one day. I’m a bit frugal though – for example I bought my jewelry hairpiece from a mall kiosk for $30! Yes it looks cheap up close but in pictures and during the day no one can tell ! I vote stick with the China earrings ! 

Post # 4
824 posts
Busy bee

Up close, in person, there could be a difference in the visible quality of the stones and metal work, depending on the difference in actual materials used.

But in photos or viewing as a a guest, probably not. It’s not that the $320 pair look cheap; it’s just that “crystal chandelier” type earrings are ubiquitous at lower price points, and from a distance I don’t think there would be much indication that this particular pair uses more expensive materials, or was hand designed, or whatever else resulted in the higher price. 

Just comparing these two pairs here, I personally like the left pair more, but that’s more in terms of the design. I’m sure you could find a pair very similar to the design of the $320 for under $50 on Etsy. Even the exact pair you’ve posted is available on Etsy for $155 USD , so even if you really love them I would definitely look elsewhere before you buy the ones you were looking at.


Post # 5
15513 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t think anyone is gonna get close enough to your ears to tell.   I personally wouldn’t spend that much on earrings just for one day of use.   If I was going to regularly wear them after, then I’d consider spending a little more on a higher quality item.  I got mine got $65 and that was already pushing what I wanted to spend.  

Post # 6
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Unfortunately I’m allergic to sterling silver so had to go with gold for wedding earrings. I wish I could rock cheap earrings! I would definitely wear them for several hours to make sure they don’t make your ears red or anything beforehand though. 

Post # 7
1362 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve only been able to the difference between cheap and not-cheap when they are earrings I wear frequently. The cheap ones tarnish faster, the post bends, the stones fall out, etc. But if you’re only wearing them once, you don’t have to worry about those issues. Any difference in quality between the two likely will not be visible to your wedding guests. I personally would save the money and get the cheap pair. 

Post # 8
2519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA

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@calireaming112:  The cheaper ones look better IMO from the pictures. I would see how they look irl before ordering the expensive ones.

Post # 9
717 posts
Busy bee

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@calireaming112:  I actually disagree with most and think the cheaper ones look cheaper.  Of course this is from this one close up picture and I have no idea how the look in real life.  They mainly look cheaper to me becuase the construction looks a little sloppy to me, particualry how the outer halo connects to the inner halo on the bottom half.  I also think the connection between the top half and the bottom half is a bit disjointed. The more expensive pair look more seamlessly put together and may have been hand made vs. the cheaper one which likely wasn’t. Also the rose gold softens the crystals while the stark white of the white metaled ones (silver, I assume?) makes it obviously cz (I assume?) to me.

REGARDLESS both pairs are beautiful and i seriously doubt anyone would notice this as no one will be close enough to you to inspect or notice that level of detail in your earrings.  I also doubt one would sparkle more than the other.  I would try the cheap ones on and look at yourself in the mirror from a few feet away, in a photo, etc, and I doubt the things I pointed out will be noticeable. Both are beautiful and I don’t think you could go wrong with either! Though idk if the difference in metal color matters to you.

Post # 10
838 posts
Busy bee

From the pictures I don’t see the difference. Obviously there could be a difference in person but who cares! Go for the cheap earrings. It’s not a style you would ever wear again, so save some money. 

Post # 11
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

On a personal level I like the design of the expensive ones a little more, but no – I wouldn’t know they are THAT expensive ($320 is absolutely insane to me though). I guess to me it’s like, earrings of that size and style for sure won’t be actual diamonds/gems unless you are crazy rich, so at that point does it matter what it is, as long as it looks nice? No one but you will know the price. 

If I saw someone wearing either pair, I’d assume around $20-80 maybe? So to me, I’d never guess that the left pair are so expensive and any ‘niceness’ would be lost on me. 

That said though, I only allotted about $100 for wedding day jewelry and actually might just wear a pair of nice earrings I bought years ago used for like $10 that turn out to go wonderfully with my dress (bought when I was serious with an ex and we were talking engagements and marriage). 

Post # 12
432 posts
Helper bee

Compare them in person. While I don’t know a lot about this in terms of human jewellery, a lot of horse tack now has crystals (including Swarovski) all over the place, and there is huge variation in quality. Sometimes the more expensive product is worth it, sometimes the cheaper version looks just as good or better.

But I will say that the first time I saw a browband with Swarovski crystals, it was like ‘oh, I understand why this is so expensive’ 🙂

Post # 14
128 posts
Blushing bee

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@calireaming112:  I would get the more expensive ones – it is one of the most special days of your life after all. Plus you can have fun wearing them for special occasions down the line, like other black tie weddings, your anniversary, special events, etc and you know the quality will last.

Post # 15
1381 posts
Bumble bee

Get the cheap ones but as PP said where them first to make sure they dont kill your ears.

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