Shadora Jewelry Reviews: I now understand the “fake” rumors

by on Friday, January 18th, 2013

It’s actually not fake, but this jewelry isn’t high-quality. This is a honest review of why these items are okay, but not amazing.

Shadora.com offers what they call “fabulous finds at impossibly low prices.” With a pair of White Sapphire and silver studs in my hands, I’m ready to give my ruling to add to Shadora jewelry reviews.

Shadora.com says it offers real gemstones that is not costume jewelry, and I have no reason not to believe them. But then why are people are googling for “Shadora Fake Jewelry”? Well, probably because when something seems too good to be true it often is. Here, I think they walk the line.

It’s not about whether their jewelery is fake, it’s about the quality of their real jewelry. They use real gold, silver and gemstones. But I believe these are lab-created gemstones. The way they assemble the jewelry also minimizes their use of metal to save on cost. So, it’s all technically real, but they’ve found ways to give you these low prices. It’s the quality that isn’t so great. I would purchase from there if it was for me, but this is not jewelry you probably want to purchase as a gift for anyone, and certainly not heirloom jewelry. I feel like it’s difficult to know whether gemstones are crystals or not, so what really helps make the price of jewelry worth it is how it is put together to stand the test of time.

My white sapphire and silver earrings are put together in a rather annoying way. There is a post, but it’s only connected at the very top of the earrings. This means that my hair catches under the earrings, and they’re not easy to sleep and shower in without feeling like they’re gonna be pulled off of my ears (a fear I am paranoid about.) And before anyone says “well, they didn’t put a silver backin on the stone because leaving it open lets the light shine in” let’s all admit that with a stud earring the back goes against your earlobe. That means, what? That there’s no way that light is gonna come through the back of the thing. The same is true with pendants and anything that doesn’t involve a dangling or drop earring.

Though these have four prongs, the white sapphire is also not set into the silver properly. For what you want: see this picture. You want a silver back to it, with the pointy end of the stone hovering a bit so there is a bit of light that comes in that way.

Because of the quality, and the instance of using silver in most cases, the prices aren’t really all that great. What’s important is to remember to look at the carat size of gemstones. And pay attention to phrases of things that say something is gold plated instead of gold. Gold plating is less expensive, anywhere. Also look for when something is called a crystal.

These are what Shadora sent me to review:

2 Carat White Topaz Sterling Silver Stud Earrings
List Price: $79.99
Savings: (88%) $70.00
Shadora Price: $9.99

The first thing I did was Google the price of other white topaz stud earrings made with sterling silver but also at 2 carat size. (And then checking whether it said it was lab created white topaz or not.)

  • Overstock offered the same for $10.00
  • Sears offers the same (but larger – 3 carats) for $14.00
  • Buy.com offers the same for $10.00

As you can see, the deal isn’t as special as it seems. And I’m sure the “stock is low” urging reflects more of an urge to have you click a purchase fast, rather than actual stock levels.

On the other hand, I also see the same type of earrings offered at $99 or $300! You really have to beware those who will sell things so marked up. When Shadora says that jewelry stores do mark up items, they aren’t lying.

What bothers me is that they say they have a butterfly back, but no where does the site mention that it’s not in the standard way. The jewelry gift box they mention is a cardboard/plastic box and inside the earrings are in a cheap plastic bag. That is not a way to present a gift.

You also have to factor in shipping costs when figuring out if any of this jewelry is a deal. But I’m not a competently heartless bitch. I decided I’d find one item on Shadora.com that would be a good deal. I found this Black Onyx Bracelet:

Black Onyx Bracelet with Silver-Plated Heart Clasp

I’m not sure exactly how cute this is for sure… but the price is a deal. Normally something like this is $40.00. So even with shipping, this is great.

To start your savings now, visit www.shadora.com.

Disclaimer: Item sent for free, for honest review. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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