The trend nowadays in this country is to play down real jewelry. People wear costume jewelry more than the actual gold chain, for instance. Gold and diamond jewelry stay more at home than out in the open unless they are retrieved for some special occasion like attending a formal dinner.
Costume jewelry costs a lot less and does not put the wearer at risk in these unsafe times. Is it just in this country?
Here's a site for cheap costume jewelry if you are looking for new pieces. The prices are unbelievable!
Take for instance this stunning necklace featuring 14KT white gold plating, a genuine African Amethyst stone and clear cubic zirconia stones. Necklace is 18 inches long with a 1 1/2 inch extender. Pendant is almost 1 inch and it costs only $5.99.