Talk about “fake” news! Fancy society ladies are now paying big bucks for faux jewels.
But why would someone feel the need to pay for replicas when they have the real thing at home?
Harriette Rose Katz, an Upper East Side event planner who owns a set of jewels she purchased 30 years ago for $250,000, tells the Post, “I am afraid to wear them too often, so I decided to make them into a not-real set. It’s so flashy and gorgeous, but I am really never traveling with it. Even to go overnight somewhere.”
There is also speculation that this trend is on the rise since Kim Kardashian’s pricey baubles were stolen at gunpoint in Paris.
“After the Kim Kardashian robbery, there was a huge bump in that element of my business,” says jewelry designer Jennifer Miller, who sells real jewels as well as faux in her Lexington Avenue shop.
The danger of traveling with heirlooms or opulent jewels is a major concern with the affluent.
“It’s the one percent who do this,” says Hillary Kahn, the jewelry stylist at Murrey’s Jewelers who is making Katz’s replica. “It’s a sensitive topic. They want to replicate their engagement rings, studs and pearls mostly. And it’s not just diamonds. It’s big stones like sapphires, too.”
Celebs have also jumped on the bandwagon. According to the Post, Jennifer Lopez’s stylist commissioned a $2,000 faux pavé heart necklace with 48.4 carats for the singer to wear and toss into the crowd during her performance of “My Love Don’t Cost a Thing” at the American Music Awards. Other celebs such as Hoda Kotb, Christie Brinkley and Kyle Richards from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ ” are donning designer reproductions as well.
And don’t expect anyone to know you are faking it. Good replicas are sometimes even more brilliant than the real thing.
“They are usually brighter and better colored than most people’s diamonds because they are synthetically crafted,” explains MIller. “You’d only know they were fake if you were looking at them through a jeweler’s loupe.” [NYP]