How to Save Money on Jewelry without Buying Cheap Metals

It’s difficult to find high-quality jewelry at low prices. So instead, you may decide you don’t want to spend $50 on a pair of gold-plated hoops because your local discount fashion store has cheap metal hoops for $5. But the problem with these cheap pieces is that they’ll wear out fast, plus they’re usually not made from sustainable resources. You’ll end up spending more money on 20 pairs of earrings that break and aren’t good for the planet either.

It’s better to invest in a few pieces that cost more initially but will last a long time. Silver, gold, and platinum fine jewelry are the most coveted materials but may be prohibitively expensive. Luckily, there are many nice options between the $5 earrings and $50,000 earrings.

Look for Plated Jewelry

Plated jewelry is a great way to start collecting high-quality pieces with a lower price point. Plating simply means that base metal, such as copper, brass, or nickel, gets coated with a thin layer of a higher-quality metal like silver, gold, or platinum.

The fact that’s it not a solid piece of an expensive metal makes the jewelry much more affordable. And, because the base metals used are strong, the piece won’t bend or break the way a softer material like gold does.

Regardless of whether your personal style leans more trendy or classic, there are many stylish silver or gold-plated pieces available. Begin building your collection with a few more classic pieces with a twist, like gold hoop earrings.

Shop Online

These days, you can buy almost anything online and fine jewelry is no exception.  During your search, you may find places that sell gold, silver or platinum jewelry for deeply discounted prices. However, as the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Often these pieces are mass-produced by machinery. Mass-produced pieces may be of lesser quality or use up additional precious resources. Some websites may charge excessive amounts for shipping because their product prices are so low.

To get the most value, look for handcrafted jewelry that will support local economies and artisans. Read reviews, find out where the pieces are manufactured, carefully select your pieces, and make your purchases from there.

Budget for a Jewelry Subscription Box

If you like to stay on trend but are on a tight monthly budget, jewelry can feel like a big splurge. That said, expanding your jewelry collection is still possible, especially with the new trend of jewelry subscription boxes.

Consider creating a budget that allows you to spend $10-$30 per month (or even bi-monthly) on a few trendy pieces of jewelry. Plus, you’ll get the perk of having them delivered right to your door! These pieces aren’t likely to be plated or made of genuine silver, but you’ll get the fun of trying out new jewelry anyway.

Scour the Clearance Rack

Some of the best jewelry deals can be found in the clearance section. When you’re in a store, check out the red tags in the fine jewelry section first to see if there are any great markdowns on high-quality jewelry. Sale jewelry is even easier to find online, as most stores have a specific “SALE” section on their websites.

Also, be on the lookout for coupon codes that give you free shipping, or consider combining orders to get the minimum shipping amount required for free shipping.

Spend More on the Classics

One good strategy when you begin collecting jewelry is to start with the classics. Classics are things that will never go out of style. They’ll also go with any outfit.

Items like strands of simple pearls and diamond studs that can dress up any outfit are always great choices. Hoop earrings are another go-to classic look for anyone. A simple chain with a pendant also matches with everything.

It’s worth spending a little bit more on these items because you’ll want to keep them forever. Think of them as pieces you can pass down to a younger relative.

No matter what your budget, it’s possible to start investing a little bit in jewelry. Start small, look for deals, and select plated jewelry to get the most value for your money.

6 Ways to Make a Simple Outfit Pop

Simple outfits are the foundation of fashion – a plain cake waiting to be decorated.   Just a few basic wardrobe essentials can be worn an endless number of ways if you know what you’re doing. A little black dress (LBD) in a classic silhouette can be dressed up for a wedding, worn to work, or hit a poolside barbecue. A T-shirt and jeans that fit well can go from rock-star glam to casual brunches.

But how can you make a simple outfit appropriate for any occasion? More important, how can you make an outfit pop and stand out in a crowd?

One word: accessories. These can be switched out and combined to liven up all your classic outfits. Choose from among these options to give yourself some personality and flair.

1. Nails

People don’t usually think of nails as an accessory the same way they think of purses and shoes, but they definitely can be, depending on their finish.

One easy way to make your look stand out is by having a statement nail. Bright colored nail polish, unique patterns, and glued-on pearls are just a few of this year’s top nail trends. You can get these looks with regular nail polish or with nail tips, in a nail salon or at home.

Some people naturally gravitate toward longer nails. If you’re undecided, longer nails are great for formal occasions, while for more casual outings, you might want to keep them short and sweet.

Rock your favorite LBD with a bright red polish on coffin shaped nails for your next cocktail or dinner party. There’s no doubt you’ll turn heads and get compliments on that duo.

2. Handbags

A stylish handbag is something you can swap out readily every day. Macramé, woven, or straw handbags are one of the top trends this year. As a bonus, it’s possible to find bags that are created from sustainable materials, an important consideration for those trying to live more sustainably. These purses are perfect for a casual, yet distinctive look. Look for a purse with a daring design or bright colors that expresses your personality and make it the focal point of your outfit.

Does the occasion call for something a bit dressier? Try accessorizing with a classy clutch in a head-turning design. Many clutches come with straps to turn into hands-free cross-body bags too, so you can use it for many different types of events.

3. Jewelry

Jewelry is one of the best ways to change up your outfit. Bigger pieces act as a focal point, especially when they’re in intense colors or sparkling hues.

Earrings: Some earring trends include resin or enamel earrings in large-scale designs and different metals to make unique statement earrings. Dangling earrings always make your neck look longer and draw attention to your face.

Necklaces: As far as necklaces, look for delicate gold chains that you can layer and unique chokers that will have your peers inspired.

Bracelets: A really distinctive bracelet can set off an entire outfit. Try a big cuff or something delicately beaded to make your look absolutely unique. Consider wearing your everyday watch with layers bangles or a leather wrap bracelet.

Rings: Bold rings also demand attention. Consider laying different metals and sizes across your hands for a real statement look. For more relaxed environment, pick a different finger on each hand to decorate with rings. Just wearing one can change the whole attitude of a simple outfit, making a black dress whimsical or jeans and a T-shirt sexy.

4. Outerwear

Depending on where you’re going, you can really change up your look by adding a jacket. A blazer will dress up a pair of jeans into casual business wear or make a sleeveless black dress suitable for the office. A kimono jacket is a pretty, romantic look that softens the streetwear hardness of denim.  A cardigan sweater worn with a pair of jeans gives your outfit a preppy, feminine air. Try it oversized or belted for a whole new look.

A printed, 90s-throwback bomber jacket is a cool twist on plain-material coverings.  And of course, a leather motorcycle jacket added to any outfit will instantly give you a rock-star flair with a tough edge.

5. Shoes

Nothing sets the mood for an outfit like footwear. Shoes give you the opportunity to add flare to any simple outfit. For example, leather boots provide a fierce look to the femininity of a little black dress, making the outfit less delicate. Knee-high riding boots always stand out in a crowd and likewise can balance out the sweetness of a dress. Or, wear either with your jeans for an all-around street-ready look.

A pair of stilettos in a fun color, like red or silver, can instantly take any outfit to date night or the club. Pair these shoes with a basic dress or go for a more casual look by adding stilettos to a black jean outfit.

Consider comfort when traveling any sort of distance, too. If you need to do some walking but want to look a little dressier, a low-heeled ankle bootie goes well with long skirts or slightly cuffed jeans. Sandals worn with any outfit make it instantly appropriate for any outdoorsy spring or summer occasion—choose a style that’s both practical and fashionable. If you’re headed to the beach, choose a shoe that pairs well with your cover up, for a beach-ready outfit.

6. Tights

One of the simplest ways to give a twist to the little black dress is to add a pair of unique tights. Lacy, polka-dotted, or colored, tights add a stylish flair to a simple outfit. Try a bold color or pattern to really stand out. Consider wearing tights under your most distressed jeans, to add a distinctive flare to an otherwise basic outfit.

No matter what accessories you choose, remember that if you let your personality shine through, you can’t go wrong. Online accessory shopping can be the perfect way to spring up your simple outfits. Have fun and be bold!


Happy 2017!

As our first year comes to and end, we would like to thank all of you who have supported us through this amazing journey. In the beginning our goal was to provide the American market with gorgeous one-of-a-kind jewels, and then we realized there was much more than that like clutches, handbags, beach bags, scarves, sarongs and more. Gold statement pieces, raw emeralds in their most beautiful form, colorful and vivid molas, unique patterns and much more is what we wanted to share with you from our beloved Colombia.

We are beyond excited about this new year, where we will continue offering the latest collections from our designers as well as new ones. And most importantly we will be offering new segments throughout the year with trunk show-like selections within the different seasons and holidays, including a water section for the summer and more. If there is anything specific you would like to see at Malka don’t hesitate in contacting us, we would love to know!

Happy new year from our Malka family to all of our customers, partners, designers, collaborators and others who have trusted us! We are ecstatic to show you what is yet to come!

Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Malka x Sartorial Dreams


35% discount

Holidays are one of the best times of the year for shopping.  It doesn’t mean shopping gets easier because it doesn’t, but it is a great time because you can find the best items for best prices.  We want to make holiday shopping an easy and rewarding experience for you, not a tedious one.  We know many people do not like the big crowd shopping experience which is why we are here to help.

You can get any gift you want from the comfort of your home and the best part is that every piece is so unique that we can assure you no one else is going to be wearing the same thing.  From chokers to bracelets, scarves to clutches, we got you covered.  We wanted the holiday to be extra special for you so we teamed up with one of our favorite bloggers Victoria from to deliver a curated list of presents for you and only you.  Oh, and did I forget to mention you can get a 35% discount by using the code SARTORIALMALKA.

It’s valid until December 31st so you can get your holiday gifts and a little something for yourself as well!

Shop The List:

Horses Scarf by Antilope, $45

Bracelet Box by Antilope, $23

Canvas Winter Blue Malabar Bag by Baletti, $550

Canvas Woodrose Pink Malabar Bag by Baletti, $550

Andalusite Bracelet by Diana Tous, $113

Handmade Aisha Necklace by Lila, $95 (by Malka’s own brand)

Cumber Earrings by Tres Almas, $297

Nei Clutch by Mola Sasa, $350

Kyla Earrings by Laura Davila Jewelry, $146

Stella Earrings by Laura Davila Jewelry, $293

Siena Earrings by Laura Davila Jewelry, $293

Enjoy the promotion and go shopping! Would love to see your purchases, tag me on Instagram @sartorialdreams and tag @bymalka.

2016 – The Year for Colombian Designers

2016 is almost over and this year Colombian designers have proven this is just the beginning.  Fashion designers from all over the country don’t seize to mesmerize the public with their creations.  Starting with Johanna Ortiz, who has conquered the world with her feminine statement silhouettes, off-the-shoulder looks and ruffled sleeves is already in all of the major retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Intermix and among others.  And lets not forget her exclusive capsule collections for Moda Operandi, and her latest swimwear line which just launched two days ago.

In the shoe department we have the very talented Edgardo Osorio and his brand Aquazzura.  The brand was established in 2011 and it’s already a must-have for all the fashion aficionados.  Aside from being in all of the major retailers (and by all, we mean ALL), Osorio has also managed to open his own boutiques in the world’s fashion capitals: Florence (where the brand is originally from), London, New York and soon to open Miami.  This year also brought amazing collaboration opportunities for the young designer who worked with Ferragamo (Salvatore Ferragamo x Aquazzura Collection), Olivia Palermo (Olivia Palermo x Aquazzura Collection) and Naty Abascal (Naty Abascal x Aquazzura Collection).

From the same city as Edgardo Osorio, comes Silvia Tcherassi.  With over 25 years in fashion and lifestyle experience, Tcherassi has managed to not only have her own clothing line Silvia Tcherassi but also a home line Tcherassi Home and hotel chain Tcherassi Hotels.  Silvia defines her style as “effortless elegance”, name which was also given to her own book published by RandomHouse.  This year Tcherassi opened her first boutique in Europe in Madrid and gave a “facelift” to her other ateliers in Colombia and Miami, and we must say they look impeccable, her brand is not only clothes or garments but a complete lifestyle.

Esteban Cortazar and jewelry designer Paula Mendoza where the perfect Colombian duo at this year’s Paris Fashion Week.  They delighted the audience with Cortazar uninhibited style and Mendoza’s latest collection Mechano Dancer.  With only 32 years of age, Cortazar is already a well-known label among fashion editors and has been the youngest designer to debut at New York Fashion Week.

Big big congratulations to all of these amazing talents and we can not wait to see what is yet to come in 2017!

Jewelry Trends Take Over The World’s Runways

Every year the presence of jewelry and other fashion accessories is more notable in the world’s runways. From Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, statement earrings, chokers, cuffs and other fascinating accessories are the perfect complement and in some cases the main focus.

In this year’s fashion weeks, bold statement earrings and edgy chokers where the most popular among the designers.  Dolce & Gabbana mesmerized us with fruit-like long earrings, while Gucci gave us an ear candy with diverse colors and textures, Marni offered a more geometric style and Celine showcased its signature minimalistic style.

Colombian jewelry designer Paula Mendoza unveiled her latest collection at Paris Fashion Week along with Colombian designer Esteban Cortazar (  And our very own Laura Davila teamed up with designer Francis Arata to showcase her latest collection titled SIENA at Colombiamoda 2016.

There is no doubt jewelry and fashion accessories are becoming a must-have for today’s women, which is why there are so many styles and designs to satisfy every taste.

Photo: Revista Fucsia